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School Social Work

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Supporting Vulnerable Pupils and their Families

This service provides social work support to schools in relation to safeguarding and securing the welfare of pupils with the emphasis on the home environment. Working in partnership with schools, the School Social Workers (SSW) undertake direct work with those children and families identified as vulnerable and seek to address the concerns and issues affecting them.

A menu of support is offered for pre and post statutory work ranging from undertaking preventative work with children and families through to solution focussed targeted intervention with hard to engage families. The interventions enable schools to offer targeted support to children and families at Tier 2 of the family wellbeing model and seek to avoid them passing thresholds for Tier 3 statutory intervention.

Schools can decide how best to deploy the SSW time that they purchase from the following list:
- Participate in highlight meetings
- Undertake direct casework with identified vulnerable children and families in the home environment
These would include:
- Children whose parents have difficulties providing positive parenting
- Direct family mediation work
- Children facing family dysfunction
- Children whose progress is being affected by a homelessness or serious housing problem
- Children whose progress is being affected by extreme poverty
- Children experiencing bereavement, loss, separation or other family disruption
- Young carers
- Children whose progress is being affected by alcohol and/or substance abuse problems in the family
- Children whose progress is being affected by mental health concerns in the family
- Children from families where there are domestic violence concerns
- Children with a parent in prisonChildren at risk of sexual exploitation
- Children at risk of self harm
- Initiate and lead on the completion of assessments using the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) where there is concern about possible domestic violence, emotional abuse and neglect
- Work as the lead professional where appropriate
- Convene pre and post statutory Team around the Child (TAC) meetings
- Organise and facilitate thematic workshops with parents on safer parenting and reasonable chastisement and other need based areas
- Organise and facilitate group work with identified groups of vulnerable children on anger management and personal safety and other need based areas
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