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Psychosocial support systems

School social work in Austria

There are several professional groups in the Austrian school system which provide schools with support in dealing with psychological, health and social challenges. One of these professions is school social work.

School social work is making an increasingly important contribution as part of the psychosocial support system in and for schools.

Even if responsibility mainly lies with the children’s and youth welfare service (and therefore with the federal states), the BMBWF involves itself in this area from the point of view of global coordination of school support systems, facilitation of national dialogue and pan-Austrian development of professional understanding and standardised quality criteria.

School social work is used inside and outside school and covers the entire spectrum of social situations involving pupils. It therefore makes an important contribution to preventing violence and to reducing school drop-out rates.

Additional information on the School Psychology Service education advice website (in German only) 



Sevim Aksakalli
BMBWF, Dept I/2
T +43 1 53120 2933