What do School Social Workers do?
School Social Workers help parents, students, and school staff identify needs that interfere with learning and work with students to get the services they need.
Social Workers work with general and special education students and their families to resolve social, emotional and behavioral problems.
In Bedford County, School Social Workers:
- Connect families with services such as: food pantries, housing, medical needs through community resources including the Department of Social Services.
- Follow up on truancy and safety requests through home visits.
- Work with families, teachers, and staff to meet the educational needs of students when home is the best place for their over-all well-being.
- Help parents develop parenting skills
- Participate in School Crisis Teams
- Conduct Socio-Cultural Assessment
- Have an active role in Special Education Eligibility
- Participate in FAPT meetings which assist in funding of students in many ways including alternative school placements.
- Help identify incidents of family and or child abuse/neglect
- Conduct Child Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessments.
- Are responsible for coverage of 6/7 schools per social worker.
- And drive all the highways, back roads, and gravel roads in Bedford County to service the children in our schools.
- School Board presentation on future planning options for all elementary schools in the school division
- The Bedford office of Horizon Behavioral now schedules appointments for intake of children/teens for services. Contact: Amber Duff, Clinical Coordinator 434-455-1737
- Bedford Area Seniors Raising Kids
- Medicaid Expansion Information
- Low Cost Internet Services