Child, Family, and School Social Workers


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+11.7% (faster than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's degree


What Child, Family, and School Social Workers Do

Provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children. May assist parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children. In schools, they address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy. May also advise teachers.

Other Job Titles Child, Family, and School Social Workers May Have

Adoption Social Worker, Case Manager, Case Worker, Child Protective Services Social Worker (CPS Social Worker), Family Protection Specialist, Family Resource Coordinator, Family Service Worker, Foster Care Social Worker, School Social Worker, Youth Services Specialist

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Author & Child-Welfare Advocate

As a social worker, I work with young people in the system to make sure they are thriving in their home, school, etc. I also run a nonprofit and my job changes daily. I organize meetings, fundraise, advocate, and more. As a speaker, I travel the country and globe addressing businesses, schools, colleges, and groups that work with children, women, and families.

Founder & CEO ,

Mental Heart Therapeutic Play

I only see ten clients a year and I see them for about 30-45 minutes per day. When a child comes in for their appointment, we start with a feelings check-in. I let the child take the lead depending on what feelings we're exploring that day. I don't do talk therapy, I do play therapy. The child will play and we'll explore emotions through that. Then the parent(s) can come in and see their child play. While the child plays, I point out different cues and words that parents should pay attention to.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Maintain case history records and prepare reports.
  • Interview clients individually, in families, or in groups, assessing their situations, capabilities, and problems to determine what services are required to meet their needs.
  • Serve as liaisons between students, homes, schools, family services, child guidance clinics, courts, protective services, doctors, and other contacts to help children who face problems, such as disabilities, abuse, or poverty.
  • Develop and review service plans in consultation with clients and perform follow-ups assessing the quantity and quality of services provided.
  • Address legal issues, such as child abuse and discipline, assisting with hearings and providing testimony to inform custody arrangements.

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