Social Worker


Who are School Social Workers?

School social workers work from a perspective that acknowledges the links between a student’s home, school, and community life.  School social workers intervene directly with students, parents, and school staff to resolve / manage a range of social, emotional, and mental health issues affecting school performance. 

School social workers provide a range of services including direct intervention, crisis intervention, consultation, assessment, and prevention.

School Social Workers are professionals who hold a Master’s degree in Social Work (M.S.W.).

Professional Affiliations

Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

Ontario Association of Counselling and Attendance Services

What do School Social Workers do?

School social workers understand the psychosocial factors that contribute to optimum learning in order to help students stay in school and be successful learners.


Assess the strengths and needs of students within the context of school, family and community 

Provide psycho-social assessments for systems class placements & Care and Treatment applications.

Direct Intervention

Provide counselling to high risk students, families and groups to resolve issues affecting school performance

Address trauma issues with students and families

Address attendance/truancy as mandated under the Education Act

Provide outreach to students and families

Facilitate access to resources for students and families in need

Offer classroom, staff and parent presentations to promote social-emotional health


Collaborate with teachers, parents and administration to find effective solutions to learning and behavioural exceptionalities

Work as members of the school multidisciplinary teams

Work with community partners to plan coordinated services that will benefit students and families

Provide innovative approaches to building positive school culture

Crisis Intervention

Help students, families and schools manage crises such as death, illness, or community trauma

Provide immediate response as part of Tragic Events Team

Conduct risk assessments

Conduct threat assessments

Assessments re: harm to self or others and provide intervention and access Urgent Care Protocol with CHEO as needed


Develop and implement programs for students, parents and school staff to promote a safe and caring school environment (Roots of Empathy, Second Step, Anti-Bullying initiatives, ASIST, social skills, Collaborative Problem Solving, Restorative Practices, etc).  Collaborate with community partners in the delivery of specialized programs (ie. violence prevention programs and healthy relationships).


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