"What do School Social Workers DO?"
School Social Work is a professional
specialty that focuses on connecting schools, families and the community. School Social Workers use a holistic perspective relating to student's environments and resiliency. They focus on providing supports for students and families that foster school success. School Social Workers address a variety of issues including truancy, family conflict, abuse and neglect, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, mental health issues and crisis intervention. For many students and families, school social workers are vital in navigating the bureaucracy of school systems and accessing social resources that foster an environment conducive to student success.
History of the Visiting
Teachers/School Social Workers in Virginia
Visiting Teachers were first employed in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the
1930’s as a result of the New York’s Commonwealth Fund which gave the National
Committee of Visiting Teachers financial support for nationwide demonstration
and experimentation in the field of school social work. When the project ended,
Richmond was one of the cities that continued the program.