• Bensalem Township School District Social Work Department
    Jacqui Owens, MSW, LSW                                               Jelena DaCosta, MSW, LSW
    215-750-2800 ext 2395                                                     215-750-2800 ext 2206
    BHS, Snyder MS, Struble, Rush, Valley                           BHS, Shafer MS, Faust, Belmont, Cornwells
    School social workers are licensed professionals who provide case management services to students and families. School social workers collaborate and work hand in hand with school personnel, students, families and community resources in order to enhance students' learning.
    School social workers have varied roles and functions depending on the needs of schools, students and families.
    School social workers work with students to:
    -Provide individual and group support for students experiencing social, emotional or life event related difficulties
    -Help with coping and social skills
    -Provide resources
    -Help to minimize barriers to learning
    -Work with students to improve attendance
    -Conduct home visits in order to assist students with school and truancy related concerns
    School social workers work with families to:
    -Help families to access community based resources and services
    -Help families to understand school policies and programs
    -Help families to participate actively in their child's education
    -Conduct home visits in order to engage and provide assistance to families
    School social workers work with schools to:
    -Help schools to utilize internal and external resources to meet social, emotional and other needs of students
    -Help schools to understand various factors that contribute to student success
    -Participate in and support Student Assistance teams
    -Represent schools on various community based panels and committees to maintain most current information on various resources and services