Help for Social Workers During COVID-19 School Closures

PLAN FOR SUCCESS

We’re excited to offer a new, eight-week online Introduction to Home Education course for homeschooling parents who are just getting started.

— Develop an individualized education plan for your child
— Choose and personalize your child’s curriculum
— Fulfill your state’s learning requirements
— Keep track of your progress and milestones

Along the way, we’ll be here to answer questions and brainstorm with you as the school year begins. We can’t wait to see you in class, and we’re excited for all you and your child will learn and do together!

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Help for Social Workers During COVID-19 School Closures

We are a national nonprofit organization that advocates for children who are homeschooled. In partnership with the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children’s Center for Child Policy, we have created a white paper designed to help social workers and other professionals who are working to support students during COVID-19 school closures.  

We centered our white paper on a simple question: How can our experience advocating for maltreated children who are isolated due to homeschooling inform and support professionals who are working to support students during COVID-19 school closures? We came up with a number of answers, including: 

  • A growing body of research has focused on some parents’ misuse of homeschooling laws to isolate children and hide maltreatment. 
  • Social isolation can exacerbate abuse; placing emotionally abusive parents in charge of supervising instruction can intensify the effects of this abuse. 
  • Online teachers can serve as a protective factor for students; effective followup by school districts with families is important. 
  • Internet access may be a protective factor for socially isolated students educated at home; families need information on internet safety. 

In our white paper, we analyze evidence on distance learning and child well-being and offer a variety of evidence-based recommendations for social workers and other professionals. 

You can view our full white paper by clicking here or scrolling below:

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