As a pupil, you can contact the social worker if something is troubling you and you wish to talk about it with an adult. As a guardian, you can contact the social worker if you are concerned about your child or family situation. Other staff members at school and outside it can contact the social worker too.
The social worker can help you with issues such as:
things seem difficult at school (friends, bullying, coming to school, working in class)
you have problems at home (rows, divorce, substance abuse, mental problems)
you have personal issues that weigh on your mind (free time, loneliness, depression)
Often, the simple act of expressing your worry and saying the issue(s) aloud can already make you feel better and allow you to think more clearly. The social worker can bring a neutral viewpoint into your situation and, if necessary, point you in the right direction to make progress and get the help you need.
You can come and meet the social worker yourself, or come together with a teacher, friend, or parent. You can also call or leave a message via Wilma or email. We can think of ways to make things better for you together.
Social workers also function as counsellors for various groups (such as social or emotional skills and parents’ groups) and work in classrooms and participate in school events such as parents' evenings and cooperation between home and school.
You can find school-assigned social workers on the school's website or you can find your school’s list of social workers in the Units tab.