Challenges in making school social work a reality in Brazilian schools
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Original versionda Luz Scherf, E. (2021) Challenges in making school social work a reality in Brazilian schools. International Social Work. 10.1177/00208728211031965
At the end of 2019, the presence of social workers became mandatory in Brazilian state-funded elementary schools. This brief note explores the challenges schools may have in translating the new legislation from paper to practice. The goal is to frame and advance the discourse of school social work in Brazil. Among other topics, this note discusses the role of social workers in educational environments in Brazil and identifies the barriers that may exist to the exercise of the profession in these institutional spaces. Ultimately, suggestions are made on how to develop effective social work interventions in Brazilian schools.