A Day in the Life of a Primary School Social Worker

Posted on June 15, 2014 by Iosis

Angeleen

Angeleen
8.30am
I check my emails to ensure there are no last minute meeting cancellations. How my day pans out can be quite different to what I’ve planned, but I need to be responsive to the needs of students and their families.
9.00am
This is my first meeting with S. I talk to him about the ‘three houses’. This is an assessment tool, to find out what is going on in the child’s world.
Angeleen
Angeleen
10.30am
A mum whose family I’ve been working alongside drops by for an unexpected chat. We do some artwork together. I’ve found this creative approach is therapeutic, and helps conversation about emotional issues flow more easily.
11.45am
I get out more art materials and the masks some students have been working on, ready for our session together. Inside the masks they write what they need to tell themselves to get to where they want to go.
Angeleen
Angeleen
12.30pm
The school deputy principal and I look over enrolments for next term. I will need to make up some packs later today for families whose children are commencing then.
1.00pm
An Iosis colleague who also is a school social worker meets up with me to share ideas for resources.
Angeleen
Angeleen
1.30pm
I get a text from a family to ask if they can bring forward our planned meeting to 2pm, as they have a doctor’s appointment later. So, I’m off out earlier than I thought I’d be!
3.30pm
Back in my office, I start preparing the packs for families whose children start next term. The packs include fun learning activities the family can do together, and which will help the new entrant prepare for their school life.
Angeleen

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