Thursday, December 12, 2013
Social Workers- Caring- Concerned- Committed
Students and parents/guardians have access to a licensed school social worker, Susan Schmidlkofer, LBSW, employed by the Lauderdale County Board of Education. Services are free of charge and available to all students and parents. Although this program is housed at the Central Office, she visits and provides services for all county schools. Referrals and correspondence are handled with total confidentiality.
How the School Social Worker can assist you:
1. Protective Function of the School: How to protect children from child abuse and make them feel safer by keeping track of latchkey children and instituting a child abuse reporting policy.
2. Physical Child Abuse: To help explain procedures for identifying abusive families, reporting suspected abuse, the importance of Protective Services, and appropriate roles and actions for each school professional.
3. Neglect: A Passive Form of Abuse: To help distinguish between neglect and physical abuse and how to overcome the difficulties with neglectful families that so often frustrate educators.
4. Sexual Abuse: How to detect warning signals of abuse, train children to protect themselves, and handle the crisis of disclosure with tact and sensitivity.
5. Psychological Abuse: To provide procedures for helping children who suffer from emotional neglect, emotional abuse, and verbal abuse.
6. Helping Children Cope with Separation from a Parent and Placement Outside the Home: To help recognize reactions to separation from a parent, prepare student for prolonged absences, and help foster children who suffer the deepest separation anxiety.
7. The Impact of and Coping with Divorce, and Remarriage: To provide information or guidelines that might help a child make adjustments.
8. The Single-Parent Families: Suggestions for one-parent families and information as to where to obtain services.
9. Helping Children Cope with Death: To provide information to help alleviate the guilt and fear when children lose a parent, sibling, or classmate.
10. Child and Adolescent Suicide: To help identify depressed children and suicidal risks.
11. Chapter I Parental Involvement: To plan and coordinate activities that will help obtain the maximum benefit from parents and schools working together.
12. Home visits and to assist school nurses.
13. Assist with Social and Financial Problems: i.e., need for utilities, need for housing, need for medical attention when unable to pay, need for clothing and shoes.