Social Workers in Schools

Tatiana Matulayova, Ilona Pesatova

Associate Professor Dr. Tatiana Matulayová lectures on theories and methods in social work as well as on ethics in social work at the Department of Social Studies and Special Education at the Technical University of Liberec. Her research activities include volunteering in social work and school social work. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Centre for Community Education.

Associate Professor Dr. Ilona Pešatová is focused on special education of children with special educational needs, in particular children with learning disorders or behavioural disorders. She lectures on education of children with disorders as well as on typhlopedy at the Department of Social Studies and Special Education, Technical University of Liberec. Her research activities also cover issues of the social context of education in schools and family.


A school counselling system began to develop in the 1970s. Since that time, however, the student population along with the public order have changed. There has been an increase in the number of pupils from a socially disadvantaged environment, from families with a variety of problems in social interactions and pupils with behavioural disorders. The social problems of pupils negatively affect their school results. Pedagogical and psychological interventions do not respond to all the needs of pupils and their families. The purpose of this paper is to report on the results of the research.

The basic research questions answered in paper are as follows: (1) Which areas of problems are considered the domain of social workers by the representative of individual professions? (2) Which competences would the representative of individual professions share with social workers? The results of the research indicate the growth potential of school social work which is discussed in a more detailed way in the conclusions of the paper.


social work, social worker, school, social disadvantage, pupil, institutionalization

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