School Social Work

Paula Allen-Meares, Cynthia Franklin and Laura Hopson

in Social Work

ISBN: 9780195389678
Published online December 2009 | | DOI:
School Social Work


School social work is a subspecialty within the social work profession. The field has been in existence in the United States for over one hundred years and is practiced in many other countries. Although the actual number of school social workers worldwide is unknown, the field serves children in most states in the United States. According to the School Social Work Association of America, “School social workers bring unique knowledge and skills to the school system and the student services team. School Social Workers are instrumental in furthering the purpose of the schools: To provide a setting for teaching, learning, and for the attainment of competence and confidence. School social workers are hired by school districts to enhance the district’s ability to meet its academic mission, especially where home, school and community collaboration is the key to achieving that mission.” This entry covers introductory works on school social work practice, works on the history of school social work, and journals that support the field of school social work. Reviews of evidence-based practices and empirical studies that support the work of school social workers are further highlighted along with some of the best prevention and intervention practices in the field. Web-based resources for obtaining evidenced-based practices and commonly used school-based measurement instruments are suggested. Effective resources for understanding the macro dimensions of school-based practices are summarized, such as working with communities, school policies, and evidence-based teaching strategies. Finally, school social work in the international context is considered.

Article.  6821 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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