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School Social Work

Paula Allen-Meares, Cynthia Franklin and Laura Hopson

in Social Work

ISBN: 9780195389678
Published online December 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195389678-0110
School Social Work

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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 and charter schools to enhance their 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 the history of school social work, important policies, and select journals that support this field of practice. Articles on interventions and empirical studies that support the work of school social workers are further highlighted in this entry.

Article.  6489 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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