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School Social Work Practice Group

Contact the Convenor

Chris Barrett
Peer Supervision


The School Social Work Practice Group is auspiced by the AASW Victorian Branch and is open to all Australian school-based school social workers and state education department school social work employees who are fully qualified and/or eligible for membership of the AASW, and adhere to the Practice Standards for School Social Workers.

Join the School Social Work Practice Group

The SSWPG is seeking more school social workers to become involved in the running of the Practice Group so that we can continue the work that we do. Read more here.

Practice Group membership is open to social workers employed by government and non-government primary and secondary schools and school systems, and who follow the AASW Practice Standards for School Social Workers. Former school social workers and social work students on placement in school settings are welcome to attend. The Practice Group currently does not have a paid membership base, but operates a mailing list. Members attend meetings when they are able.​

2019 Event Dates

Meetings will be held on Mondays at the AASW North Melbourne Office (Level 7, 14-20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne). Topics are to be advised. Teleconference dial in is available for these sessions - email or for details.

We recommend travelling via public transport if possible. Our office is close to the CBD and a short walk from the Haymarket Walk/Elizabeth Street tram stop (trams 19 & 59) and the Grattan Street tram stop (trams 55 & 59). Parking in the area is generally on-street, metered parking and is limited. There are limited 2 hour free street parking spaces near-by in Courtney Street or metered 4 hour parking in Blackwood Street, Howard Street and surrounds. There is also a parking facility at the VCCC building that offers safe car parking every day of the week from 6:00am to 9:00pm. Cost is $14 for 1-2 hours or $20. Read more here.There are facilities available outside the building to lock bikes.

18 March, Peer Supervision, Meeting and Committee Meeting
8 April, Peer Supervision
6 May, Discussion, Peer Supervision and Meeting
17 June, Colloquium
12 July, Peer Supervision
12 August, Discussion, Peer Supervision and Meeting
2 September, Colloquium
4 October, Peer Supervision - CANCELLED
28 October, Discussion, Peer Supervision and Meeting
18 November, Colloquium
20 January 2020, Peer Supervision

To register view AASW Vic CPD listings and search for the SSWPG event in chronological order or search for key words 'peer supervision' or 'school social work' using CONROL+F.


School Social Work Practice Group Report 2018-19


Peer Supervision Standards & Guidelines

The Peer Supervision Group is a sub-group of the Practice Group, and offers attendees from various school settings, the opportunity for supervision according to the Practice Standards for School Social Workers.

The sub-group has recently developed Guidelines for Peer Supervision for School Social Workers.


Interview discussion between School Social Workers Paul Jameson and Lorraine Osborne,

Paul and Lorraine discuss what school social work is and what the challenges and rewarding aspects are in their respective roles.

Duration: 12 minutes

Contact the Victorian Branch

Level 7, 14-20 Blackwood Street
North Melbourne

PO Box 2008
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Parkville Vic 3050

T: 03 9320 1000

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AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers