The Child and Family Support Worker team are registered with the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers.
The team works as part of a multidisciplinary team that includes speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, psychologists, consultants and coordinators, as well as students, families and outside agencies to remove barriers to education and enhance opportunities to engage in learning.
Understanding the psycho-social factors that contribute to optimum learning, the job of the Child and Family Support Worker is to help children stay in school and be successful learners. School social workers assist students with problems that arise at school, home and in their communities.
Child and Family Support Workers support students in a variety of ways:
- advocacy for students;
- counseling services for high school students;
- liaison with student, family and school;
- problem-solving and development of intervention and behavior plans;
- referral and intervention planning with outside agencies;
- collaboration with other professionals to develop intervention plans;
- absenteeism, suspension, behavior management and drug/alcohol intervention and supports;
- promotion of Positive Behaviour Interventions and Supports (PBIS) within the School Division.
Child and Family Support Workers also provide support for:
- Critical incident response,
- Risk assessment – threats, suicide, aggression, violence, harm of others, self-harm.
- Grief and traumatic event counseling and follow up support
- School safety planning.
- Evaluation and updating of the critical incident process.