ABOUT THE SWEDISH ASSOCATION OF SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS
Description of the School Social Work Profession
A guide for School Social Workers 2014
Further Professional Training. 6 – 7 oktober 2014 in Uppsala
The Swedish Association of School Social Workers works to strengthen the role of school social workers by
- Applying experience and research to develop the job description
- Arranging educational courses
- Supporting active regional groups
- Providing information and advice regarding questions on the role of school social workers in the workplace
- Providing tips on available educations and study courses
- Cooperation with other allied associations and unions
- Having contact with colleagues in other countries
SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK AS A CAREER
School social work is a captivating and fascinating career involving daily contact with children, youth and colleagues both in the workplace and the community. The work is varied and typically provides freedom to plan activities on an independent basis. The chance to make a positive difference and the satisfaction of doing something meaningful typically outweigh negative aspects of the job, which can include not having a clear-cut roll, feeling alone in the job and feelings of insufficiency and an inability to live up to the unrealistic expectations of yourself and of others.
Swedish law states that schools must provide students with specific knowledge and skills, and in conjunction with their homes, promote harmonious development into responsible adult members of society. Consideration must be made in the educational plan to accommodate students with special needs.
Two Swedish school laws passed in 1994 emphasize the responsibility to promote understanding of other people and the ability to empathize. Nobody at school should be subjected to bullying. Tendencies towards harassment must be actively discouraged. Racism and intolerance must be overcome by knowledge, open discussion and active measures.
- Schools bear specific responsibility for students who for whatever reason experience difficulties in reaching their goals.
- Schools must strive to create a responsive environment that provides security as well as a thirst for knowledge.
- Schools must also incorporate an international perspective. The ability to place one’s own reality in a global context fosters a feeling of international solidarity and prepares students for a society with close contacts that cross both cultural and national boundaries.
The principal bears particular responsibility for making certain that the lesson plans and student care team structure meet the needs of each individual student.
The specialized competence of the school social worker provides support for the principal and faculty that is instrumental in helping them meet the goals of the school .