Equity for government school students: Reclaiming social work services in New South Wales

Alison Kearns, Judith Crockett

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Abstract

In Australia, school education is largely a state government responsibility, hence there are varying responses across Australia to the welfare needs of school students. The present study explores the basis for the provision of social work services within schools, particularly the special needs of rural schools, and suggests that NSW school students are disadvantaged by not having access to social work services that might help them overcome some of the educational barriers that they face. The nature of educational barriers is examined and literature on the role of school social workers is reviewed. The authors find that the social justice rhetoric of State and Commonwealth educational agencies is incongruent with NSW school practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-246
Number of pages10
JournalAustralian Social Work
Volume57
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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