School social worker of a basic education
- Public service
The school social worker is the school's expert in the field of social care. Their job is, in cooperation with the school’s other personnel, to support the children’s and young people’s school attendance, welfare, and growth and development. Support can be provided to individual pupils and their families, to a group of pupils, or the whole school community.
The social worker helps children and the young in matter related to, for instance, family situation, friends, and school in general. Solutions to pupils’ problems are sought after together with the pupil and their guardians. The social worker can meet with the pupil at school privately, or together with family members or other close relatives. The content of these meetings is shaped along the pupil’s needs.
At pre-primary and basic education and secondary level educational institutions, a student welfare social worker provides guidance and counselling related to studies and school attendance. Support is provided in such issues as the family situation, interaction and interpersonal relationships. These services are available at every educational institution.
A student must be organised a possibility of talking to a student welfare social worker in person at the latest on the seventh working day after the student or a guardian has requested a meeting. In urgent cases, this possibility must be organised on the same or the following working day. The social worker participates in developing the welfare of the entire community of the educational institution. He or she also refers the student to other student welfare services if necessary.