Whitford Catholic Primary School

Faith in God, Faith in Myself


The School Social Worker focuses on students in the learning environment, assisting students when social, emotional, or family issues are impacting their capacity to learn.

The School Social Worker works collaboratively with school staff and families to remove barriers to learning and to assist students to maximise their learning potential, emotional wellbeing, social development and interpersonal skills.

The Social Worker provides individual support, psychoeducation, group work, parent consultations, information and, referrals to professional community-based services.

Common areas which the Social Worker can support include:

  • Anxiety and fears 
  • Friendship / peer related issues 
  • Interpersonal skills 
  • Self-awareness and self-regulation 
  • Parental separation and family conflict 
  • Grief and Loss 
  • School refusal 
  • Behavioural concerns 
  • Building resiliency and self-esteem 
  • Organising community assistance and information for families  


If parents have any wellbeing concerns about their child, they should initially discuss these with the class teacher who may recommend the Social Worker to be involved and will make a referral for this support. General enquiry is also welcome via direct email to the Social Worker, Yvonne.markwell@cewa.edu.au

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