Student welfare worker


What does a Student Welfare Worker do?

A Student Welfare Worker is a safe person for children and families to connect with at school.  Working with other members of the school’s support team, the Student Welfare Worker aims to create an environment which promotes the physical, emotional, social and intellectual development and wellbeing of all students.
  • Supporting students and staff to create an environment of cooperation and mutual respect, promoting an understanding of diversity and the range of cultures and their related traditions.
  • Providing students, their families and staff with support and or appropriate referrals, in difficult situations such as during times of grief or when students are facing personal or emotional challenges.
  • Being approachable to all students, staff and members of the school community.
  • Organising one-on-one or group sessions with students, parents, staff and other members of the school community as requested and required  by the school community
  • Delivering peer leadership and support programmes
  • Participating in school activities such as sport, camps, gardens etc.
  • Contributing to school newsletters
  • Facilitating community partnership programmes between the school and the wider community.

Who is the Petrie Terrace State School Student Welfare Worker?

My name is Anna and I absolutely love my work at Petrie Terrace State School. As a Social Worker, I have worked in a number of different settings both here and overseas with young people, families and communities.

I am passionate about supporting children to develop the social and emotional skills that they need to be successfully in their academic and social worlds. I am also passionate about creating community and places for people to come together and learn from each other. Petrie Terrace is therefore the perfect place to work. When I am not at school you will mostly likely find me running, doing yoga, studying or trying to manage my dog. 

How to get involved?

All students engage with the Student Welfare Worker on a voluntary basis. 

Parents/Guardians and members of the Petrie Terrace State School teaching team are able to refer students for focused support from the Student Welfare Worker where appropriate.

Students may also request to see the Student Welfare Worker on an individual basis for support in personal matters.  Parents/Guardians will be consulted via a consent form if their child has identified a desire to undertake ongoing one on one sessions with the Student Welfare Worker.  

Please note: that the Student Welfare Service is not a counselling service and children and families may be referred to more suitable support services if intensive ongoing support is required.

How can I contact the Student Welfare Worker?

Anna will be at the school from 9.00am - 3.00pm. Please do not hesitate to contact Anna with any questions you may have regarding the Student Welfare Service and/or if you would like to discuss referring your child for one on one support

Last reviewed 13 March 2019
Last updated 13 March 2019