• Overview of School Social Work

    School social workers are trained mental health professionals who provide services related to a person’s social, emotional and life adjustment to school and/or society. The school social workers in Clayton serve as liaisons for teachers, administrators, parents and students between school, home and community agencies for the purpose of improving the overall learning experience for children. School social workers conform to the National Association of Social Work (NASW) Code of Ethics and Standards for Social Work Practice.

    Below are common intervention supports provided to and on behalf of students and families.  Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.

    • Assessing Student and Family Needs
    • Facilitating Individual and Group Counseling/Intervention
    • Promoting Home and School Communication
    • Collaborating and Consulting
    • Teaching Students Self-Advocacy and Academic Responsibility
    • Supporting Progressive Student Planning
    • Partnering with the Community to Improve Accessibility
    • Developing/Implementing Prevention Programming
    • Providing Crisis Intervention
    • Supporting Families with Regaining and Maintaining Stability

    Please visit the links below for additional information on school social work.

    District Social Workers

    Community Resources

    Mental Health

    • Behavioral Health Response
      • 24/7 Crisis Intervention, Mobile Outreach, Linkage of services for youth 19 years old and under or anyone concerned about these youth.
        • St. Louis County Youth Connection Helpline
        • St. Louis City Youth Connection Helpline
          • Call: (314) 485-4635 or (844) 336-2435
          • Text 2TALK to 31658
          • Web Chat: www.stlmhb.com

    Food Assistance

    Emergency Housing

    • St. Louis Region Housing Helpline
      • Mainstream service for emergency housing placement.
      • (314) 803-5544
      • M-F: 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
      • Sat.-Sun.: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Basic Needs

    • United Way 211
      • Access database of resources, everything from daycare to rental assistance to counseling to vocational training. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
      • Dial 211 or 1-800-427-4626
      • Chat with navigation specialist or access online directory at www.211helps.org.