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Social Workers in Schools

Social workers in a school setting facilitate successful learning outcomes. School social workers provide interventions related to several social, school, family and emotional issues that may impact on school engagement and learning.

The outcome of direct school social work practice is that:

needs of school students are met;‚Äč
their potential is developed;
their learning outcomes are maximised;
and their control over their lives is fostered.

Roles of a Social Worker

Parent information and education, strategies and activities, provision of professional development for teachers


Early Intervention
Group work with students with particular needs and development of programs to meet needs in consultation with teachers or families


Counselling or casework, referral to other services, individual crisis intervention

Current Programs Run by Social Workers


KidsMatter is an Australian mental health and well-being initiative set in primary schools and early childhood education and care services (like preschools, kindergartens and day care centres).

It’s a framework that helps these places take care of children's mental health needs by:

creating positive school and early childhood communities 
teaching children skills for good social and emotional development
working together with families
recognising and getting help for children with mental health problems

KidsMatter was developed by mental health professionals and education and childcare staff in response to the high rates of school-age children with mental health difficulties and the problems they face getting help. It is is a partnership between education and health sectors and is funded by the Australian Government and beyondblue.


A 16 lesson social skills program designed to encourage children to build on their social skills and friendship making skills. The program is particularly beneficial for (but not limited to) students who find it difficult to make friends and fit in socially.  


A resiliency program designed to teach children how to become more resilient and to establish environmental contexts and processes that are protective. The program aims to improve student learning outcomes through higher levels of emotional wellbeing, increased peer and school connectedness, and enhanced self-esteem. 

Individual consultations and interventions

Mindfulness actitivities

Mindfulness meditation

Behavioural strategies/interventions