About Us

What We Do

  • Enforce the Georgia Compulsory School Attendance Law
  • Provide an array of services to students and their families
  • Provide consultation to teachers and other staff
  • Collaborate with community agencies for the improvement of the welfare of our students

Who We Are

  • Over 30 school social workers serve Cobb County Schools
  • Every school social worker has a Masters Degree in Social Work
  • Several of our school social workers are bi-lingual
  • Many of our school social workers are Licensed Clinical Social Workers
 

 

We seek to Advocate

  • Serve as a voice for students
  • Guide families in pursuit of needs, goods and services
  • Serve as a liaison between the student, family, school, and community
  • Report concerns of child abuse and neglect
  • Assist parents in understanding children’s social/emotional needs
  • Represent school position and needs in crisis situations
  • Provide counseling to students and families

We seek to Educate

  • Educate school staff and community on issues of cultural diversity
  • Facilitate support groups in the schools
  • Help students achieve maximum academic success
  • Inform parents of aspects of the educational process
  • Participate in CORE Team/SST Strategy Meetings
  • Encourage and monitor school attendance

We seek to Communicate

  • Develop partnerships with faith based agencies and churches
  • Encourage and facilitate community involvement with schools
  • Serve on committees and take part in policy development
  • Maintain visible presence in the community as a volunteer in agencies that advocate for the welfare of youth and children
  • Build positive relationships with school staff, students, and families

FAQ’s

1. What is a school social worker?
School social workers are Cobb County School District employees who provide services to at risk students. They serve multiple schools within a cluster based on geographic area. The school social workers assist administration, counselors, and teachers in providing resources and support to identified students.

2. Why Does a School Need a School Social Worker?
School social workers provide vital resources to students and families by assessing needs and identifying community agencies and supportive services within the school system and community. School social workers often serve as a bridge between home, school and the community. School social workers utilize preventative measures such as home visits, facilitation of groups, coordination of community services and collaboration with school staff to improve student achievement.

3. How Do Social Workers Determine What Students Receive Services?
School social workers serve all students in Cobb County Schools. School social workers typically receive referrals from either a school counselor, teacher, administrator, or attendance clerk. Students are identified as in need of social work services based on various factors including attendance, academic needs, social/emotional issues, health concerns, or financial struggles impacting academic student success.

4. How Does a School Social Worker Differ From A Department of Family and Children’s Services Social Worker (DFCS)?
School social workers are directly employed by Cobb County School System. Every School Social Worker must hold a T5 certification (Basic Teacher Level) through the Professional Standards Commission and must have a Master’s degree in Social Work. There are times when a school social worker will have communication with a DFCS social worker or case manager. This may occur if a student is in foster care or when a report of neglect or abuse has been made by the school.

5. How Is a School Social Worker Involved In The Truancy Process?
School social workers play an important role in reducing school dropouts and decreasing truancy rates. Through on-going monitoring of school attendance, school social workers identify students who may be in need of support. Once identified, the school social worker will assess the needs via phone calls, meetings with students, meetings with families and/or Truancy Intervention Panels. The goal of the assessment is to identify what is causing the lack of attendance and put support in place to improve attendance. The supportive services may include recommendations for case management with the school social worker, referrals to agencies for counseling services, providing mentors, and when necessary, a referral to Juvenile Court. If a referral to Juvenile Court is recommended by the Truancy Intervention Panel, the school social worker, along with the School Social Work Truancy Coordinator, will submit the necessary documentation to the Juvenile Court for follow up.

6. How do I make a referral or contact my school social worker?
-Contact your school social worker
-Make a referral

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