Why we do it.

School Social Workers are the vital link between the home, school, and community. Our services to students, families and school personnel promote and support students’ academic, social, emotional and behavioral success. We strive to protect and strengthen this work through advocacy, building relationships, and offering high-quality professional development.

What we do.



We advocate for the development and effective delivery of school social work services in the state of Ohio.

Build Relationships

We establish an maintain collaborative relationships with local, state and national educational, mental health, medical, juvenile justice, and child welfare entities.


Professional Development

We facilitate the education and professional growth of school social workers.

Support Legislation

We study, recommend, and support legislation pertinent to the needs of students, families, and the profession of school social work.

Recent News

CNN: US schools now have more security guards than social workers

2018 Annual Report

OSSWA’s 2018 Annual Report is now available. We are working hard to promote our profession and advocate for legislative changes that will benefit our students.   2018 Annual...

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2019 Awards Nominations Open!

The Ohio School Social Work Association annually honors an Ohio School Social Worker, a Friend of School Social Work and a Champion of Children for supporting and representing our profession through dedication and outstanding service to School Social Work at school...

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Register Now: Safe Kids Safe Schools Conference Feb 22

REGISTER NOW!     Hotel Information Columbus Airport Marriott $99/ night + tax.  Make a reservation by calling 614-863-4033. Best Western Airpot $109/ night + tax. Make a reservation by calling 614-337-8400. Be sure to specify that you are attending an event...

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Upcoming Events

Date/Time Event
Board Meeting

Annual Conference Safe Kids Safe Schools
Capital University, Columbus OH

Board Meeting

All Day
Annual Board Retreat

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