Child and Family Support
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Sandra W. Smith
School Social Worker
School Social Workers serve as liaisons between schools and families to remove academic barriers for students. They assist other school staff and student families in identifying and helping students experiencing difficulties academically, emotionally and socially.
Components of the Social Work Program:
- Addressing Student and Family Needs
- Promoting Home/School Communication
- Collaborating With and Supporting School Staff
- Establishing Partnerships with Community Resources
- Implementing Prevention Programs
- Providing Crisis Intervention
Expectations of the School Social Worker
School Social Work is a specialized area of practice within the broad field of social work. In North Carolina, school social workers are licensed through the Department of Public Instruction. School Social Workers bring unique professional knowledge, skills & perspective to the school system and the student services team.
- School Social Workers enhance the academic mission of NRMPS, by providing services that strengthen home/school/community partnerships.
- School Social Workers provide intervention within the home, school, and community to remove barriers to student achievement.
- School Social Workers serve as liaisons to bring people together to create an environment of effective problem solving and learning.
- School Social Workers engage in home visits, conflict resolution, crisis intervention, program development, consultation, and coordination of school and community services.
Child and Family Support Teams
What is the School-Based Child & Family Support Team (CFST) Initiative?
- It’s goal is to eliminate barriers and reduce risk factors that may keep children from being successful.
- It is a statewide pilot program developed through the leadership of the Office of the Governor
- The 2005 Appropriations Act provides legislative authority and funding for this school- based initiative
What does a Child & Family Support Team Do? (CFST)
A CFST is comprised of a full-time school social worker and full-time registered nurse at the designated school site. Their primary responsibilities are:
- Identify and assess unmet physical, social, legal, emotional and developmental factors that affect academic performance
- Help families develop teams of family and community members who are committed to the child’s success
- Facilitate Child & Family Team Meetings
- Provide student and family support services at school and at home
What are the goals of the Child and Family Support Team?
- Support and build upon the strengths, assets and preferences for each child and family
- Include parents as partners in the care and education of their children
- Improve the lives of children so they will achieve academic success and remain in their own homes
- Coordinate services with community agencies
The Referral Process
- Referrals can be made by anyone concerned about a child who attends a school with a Child and Family Support Team
- Students and Families can refer themselves
- Upon referral, the CFS Team with discuss concerns with the family and an assessment will be completed to determine what services will be needed to best promote success.
The Child & Family Support Team may include any of the following:
Students & Families
- Family Support Systems (Relatives, friends, faith community, etc.)
- School Administration, Teachers or other staff
- Mental Health Agencies
- Bertie County Department of Social Services (DSS)
- Bertie County Public Health
- Department of Juvenile Justice
- Local physicians or other medical professionals
Who are the Child and Family Support Team Members at your school?
Windsor Elementary School/Askewville Pre-K
Sandra W. Smith - School Social Worker
Courtney Jones - School Nurse