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Collaborative Partnerships to Support Children & Young People in the School Setting

Event Details
Date: Ongoing
Venue: Online
State: Online
CPD hrs: 3
CPD Category: 2 - Skills and Knowledge

AASW members: $60

AASW student members: $40

Non-members: $80

Organiser: AASW

This recording is of a Victorian event which occured in 2015 and is relevant to:

  • Social Workers in child and family practice
  • those working with young people and their environmental issues
  • mental health practitioners who offer clinical services to children and young people
  • child protection workers
  • school social workers

With increasing emphasis on the needs of “vulnerable children”, and the requirement to support their educational outcomes, many social workers find themselves collaborating more closely with school personnel and an institutional setting that can be at times baffling. This CPD activity will describe the goals of school social work as a particular mode of practice; demonstrate the potential but also address some of the shared frustrations of collaboration.

Topics include:

  • Social justice, schooling, learning outcomes and school social work
  • The ecological systemic approach to school social work
  • The integration of child protection, family support and school wellbeing and learning policy contexts
  • School - school social worker – community agency or practitioner collaboration
  • Navigating the organisation, values and priorities of the school
  • Developing collaborative professional relationships
  • Professional problem-solving

3 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: School (coming soon)

Presenter details

Presented by Paul Jameson and Chris Barrett, both practising school social work practitioners. Paul is the convenor of the AASW (Vic) School Social Work Practice Group; Chris is the convenor of its Peer Supervision sub-group, and has recently completed research into the history and practice of school social work in Victoria.

Paul Jameson is a school social worker with the department of education and early childhood development, he is the current convenor of the AASW School Social work practice group and is passionate about work with children and schools. Prior to work as a school social worker he has worked in community mental health and in drug and alcohol treatment.

Chris Barrett is a long-experienced teacher and social worker, mostly in the Victorian government school system. She has been an adolescent and family counsellor in the community sector, and for the past 15 years, a school social work specialist. Her PhD research used professional narratives and retrieved documents to document the development, theory and practice of school social work over 65 years in Victoria.

Learning outcomes:

Detailed understanding of the role of schools as a complex system with the potential to support children and young people towards social justice through wellbeing and learning outcomes.
Understanding of the specific role of school social workers.
Perspectives for establishing and maintaining effective school-agency-practitioner collaborations.
Approaches to professional problem-solving, in relation to:

  • responsive and creative case planning and management
  • overcoming the frustrations to cross-sectoral collaborative practice.​

AASW Members and non-members most welcome


This course can be claimed for CPD purposes, consistent with the CPD Goals and Hours Requirements.

Find out more today about opportunities to have your specialised social work skills recognised.


AASW Student Members: $40

AASW Members: $60

Non-Members $80


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AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers