Social Work Services and Attendance Services are part of the Durham District School Board's Special Education Department.
Social Workers - Attendance Counsellors work with students, families, teachers and principals in a variety of ways to resolve social, emotional and behavioural issues that impede a student's progress.
Social Work Services
Attendance ServicesThe purpose of Attendance Services is to promote student achievement through regular attendance. Attendance referrals may be initiated by the school principal, a parent or a member of the community.
The Attendance Counsellor will work to identify factors that are inhibiting a student’s attendance and a plan will be developed to support attendance.
The law requires regular and punctual attendance once a student is registered in school until he/she reaches the age of eighteen years.
When to Ask for AssistanceParents, students or school staff can identify concerns where Social Work support may be beneficial.These concerns include:
How to Access Social Work ServicesThe school staff will contact the school social worker regarding a student and together decide if a referral may be helpful. A student's name will not be used at this point. The school staff will then talk with a parent/guardian or adult student to determine if a referral will be made. A parent/guardian or an adult student will be asked to sign a Consent for Service form provided by the school which will confirm that assistance from Social Work Services is being requested and appropriate consent has been obtained.
Students can talk to a teacher, principal or guidance counsellor (in secondary schools) about how to contact a Social Worker.
Professional ConductSocial Workers employed by the Durham District School Board are Registered with Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, which regulates the profession of Social Work -further information can be found at www.ocswssw.org