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Social Work

Social work

Social workers provide a wide range of services for children, adolescents and families affiliated with in-patient and ambulatory programs at SickKids. Social workers at SickKids are part of interprofessional teams that provide clinical services to children, adolescents, and families. Social work staff are affiliated with specific patient programs where they provide specialized expertise in the psychosocial interventions that are an essential component of the overall plan of care for each of these patient populations.

Social work services include:

  • Psychosocial assessments
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Psychosocial support
  • Assistance with adjustment to illness
  • Facilitation of support/therapeutic groups
  • Supportive counselling for loss and bereavement 
  • Locating, arranging and advocating for resources and consultation with SickKids staff and/or other community agencies 

All social workers at SickKids are trained at the Masters level from an accredited university and are registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.The Social Work Department is a member of the Centre for Brain and Mental Health, which involves a collaboration among disciplines programs and services that includes Neurology, Neurosurgery, Neonatology, Psychiatry, Psychology, Social Work and the research program in Neurosciences & Mental Health.

Where we are

Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m
Phone: (416) 813-6805
Fax: (416) 813–6746

Location – Burton Wing, 1st Floor  

For information and maps on how to get to SickKids, please click Visiting SickKids

Who we are

The Department of Social Work at SickKids employs over 50 staff in its provision of services to children and families, performing a wide range of functions from psychosocial support ....

Education and learning

The Department of Social Work has an education program for graduate students in social work (M.S.W.) that addresses the teaching of professional knowledge and skills related to the psychosocial experiences of health, illness, and hospitalization for individuals and families. The Department of Social Work is affiliated with the University of Toronto.

Research activities

Research and program evaluation in the Department of Social Work are focused on the psychosocial experiences of health and illness for children and families. The function of social work research is to advance evidence based knowledge to benefit patients, families, healthcare professionals, the hospital, and the profession as well as to advance the development of knowledge and theory to help inform policy, clinical practice, and education in social work.