THE ROLE OF THE SOCIAL WORKER
Social Workers have worked in WA Catholic Schools since 1984 and currently there are around 30 Social Workers working in 50 mainly metropolitan Catholic schools. The effectiveness of this school based program allows Social Workers to be readily available to school staff for consultation and to families and students as problems arise.
Catholic School Social Workers are professionally qualified and adhere to a professional code of ethics. We work in accordance with the values and ethos of a Catholic school.
What does the school social worker do?
The School Social Worker helps students:
- Engage fully with their school experience by addressing social and emotional issues.
- Understand themselves and others.
- Improve self-concepts and cope with stress.
- Develop decision-making and problem solving skills.
- Offering counselling to students and families, for issues ranging from peer problems to the effect of separation and loss on family members.
- Working with specific groups of students with an identifiable need.
The School Social Worker helps parents:
- Participate more effectively in their children’s education.
- Understand and meet their children’s social and emotional needs.
- Utilize school and community resources.
- Referring and providing a supportive link where appropriate between the students, family, school and community agencies.
- Counselling with students and families.
What is counselling?
Counselling provides the opportunity for people to clarify problems and develop and use strengths to find ways of managing and resolving issues or new ways of coping. Counselling takes place in a supportive and confidential atmosphere.
Counselling addresses such issues as:
- Behavioural problems at school or at home
- Bullying issues
- Building resiliency and self-esteem
- Child protection issues
- Conflict resolution
- Dealing with anxieties and fears
- Family separation and change issues
- Grief and loss
- Learning difficulties
- Anger management
- Welfare/financial assistance
- Friendship issues/social skills
- Parenting concerns
INFANT JESUS SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER
Penny Storey BA MSW (UWA) can be contacted at Infant Jesus School every Monday and Wednesday.
This is a free and confidential service and is part of the Infant Jesus School’s ongoing commitment to the pastoral care needs of the students and school community.
School Social Work Services
School social workers and school counsellors help to identify, to assess, and to resolve the social and emotional difficulties of children, which interfere with their attendance, adjustment and achievement in school.
Their main aim is to support children to gain the most from their educational opportunities. They work together with pupils, parents, school personnel, community agency staffs and others to help make school a successful and useful experience for all children.
Our school social worker also works with parents and staff to support them to better understand themselves and their children and to learn more about the programs and services of the school and community. Infant Jesus School provides the services of a Social Worker to support our community.