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Child, Family, and School Social Workers - 21-1021.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • 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

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Address legal issues, such as child abuse and discipline, assisting with hearings and providing testimony to inform custody arrangements.
  • Administer welfare programs.
  • Arrange for medical, psychiatric, and other tests that may disclose causes of difficulties and indicate remedial measures.
  • Collect supplementary information needed to assist client, such as employment records, medical records, or school reports.
  • Conduct social research.
  • Consult with parents, teachers, and other school personnel to determine causes of problems, such as truancy and misbehavior, and to implement solutions.
  • Counsel individuals, groups, families, or communities regarding issues including mental health, poverty, unemployment, substance abuse, physical abuse, rehabilitation, social adjustment, child care, or medical care.
  • Counsel parents with child rearing problems, interviewing the child and family to determine whether further action is required.
  • Counsel students whose behavior, school progress, or mental or physical impairment indicate a need for assistance, diagnosing students' problems and arranging for needed services.
  • Determine clients' eligibility for financial assistance.
  • Develop and review service plans in consultation with clients and perform follow-ups assessing the quantity and quality of services provided.
  • Evaluate personal characteristics and home conditions of foster home or adoption applicants.
  • Interview clients individually, in families, or in groups, assessing their situations, capabilities, and problems to determine what services are required to meet their needs.
  • Lead group counseling sessions that provide support in such areas as grief, stress, or chemical dependency.
  • Maintain case history records and prepare reports.
  • Place children in foster or adoptive homes, institutions, or medical treatment centers.
  • Provide, find, or arrange for support services, such as child care, homemaker service, prenatal care, substance abuse treatment, job training, counseling, or parenting classes to prevent more serious problems from developing.
  • Recommend temporary foster care and advise foster or adoptive parents.
  • Refer clients to community resources for services, such as job placement, debt counseling, legal aid, housing, medical treatment, or financial assistance, and provide concrete information, such as where to go and how to apply.
  • 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.
  • Serve on policy-making committees, assist in community development, and assist client groups by lobbying for solutions to problems.
  • Supervise other social workers.
  • Work in child and adolescent residential institutions.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise clients or community groups on health issues.
  • Advocate for individual or community needs.
  • Arrange physical or mental health services for clients.
  • Collaborate with other professionals to assess client needs or plan treatments.
  • Collaborate with other professionals to develop education or assistance programs.
  • Collect information about clients.
  • Conduct research on social issues.
  • Confer with clients to discuss treatment plans or progress.
  • Confer with family members to discuss client treatment plans or progress.
  • Counsel clients or patients regarding personal issues.
  • Counsel clients or patients with substance abuse issues.
  • Counsel clients regarding educational or vocational issues.
  • Counsel clients regarding interpersonal issues.
  • Evaluate characteristics of individuals to determine needs or eligibility.
  • Evaluate potential problems in home or work environments of clients.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of counseling or educational programs.
  • Help clients get needed services or resources.
  • Interview clients to gather information about their backgrounds, needs, or progress.
  • Maintain client records.
  • Recommend legal actions.
  • Refer clients to community or social service programs.
  • Refer individuals to educational or work programs.
  • Supervise workers providing client or patient services.
  • Write reports or evaluations.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Behavioral Health Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Behavioral Sciences (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Chaplain (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Chaplain (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Chaplain Specialist (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Clinical Psychologist (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Clinical Psychology (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Clinical Social Worker (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Clinical Social Worker (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Command and Unit Chaplain (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Correctional Counselor (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Correctional Counselor (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Counselor (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselor (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Family Services Center Director (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Medical Service Corps Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Mental Health Service (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Mental Health Service Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Mental Health Service Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Mental Health Service Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Mental Health Service Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Mental Health Service Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Mental Health Service Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Military and Family Readiness Non-Commissioned Officer (RNCO) (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Navy Drug and Alcohol Counselor (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Navy Drug and Alcohol Counselor Intern (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Navy Primary Prevention (PP) and Human Factors Process (HFP) Advanced Professional Development Train the Trainer Certification (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Religious Affairs (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Religious Affairs Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Religious Affairs Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Religious Affairs Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Religious Affairs Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Religious Affairs Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Religious Affairs Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Religious Affairs Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Social Work (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Substance Abuse Control Officer (Marine Corps - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Substance Abuse Control Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Supervisory Chaplain (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Tactical Chaplain (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Casework Supervisor
  • Caseworker
  • Caseworker, Child Welfare
  • Caseworker, Family
  • Community Organization Worker
  • Community Worker
  • Community-Relations-And-Services Advisor, Public Housing
  • Field Representative
  • Group Worker
  • Social Group Worker
  • Social Worker, Delinquency Prevention
  • Social Worker, School