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Social Work


At SPARK, Social Work Services are available to families receiving therapeutic services from SPARK. Services are tailored to meet each family's unique needs.

Social work services are available by phone or e-mail in Durham and Windsor, as well as in-person in Windsor.

What is Social Work

What is a Social Worker

About SPARK's Social


How to Access Social Work Services

with SPARK


Social Work


What is Social Work?

  • regulated profession that involves helping individuals, families, groups and communities enhance their well-being. The profession’s scope is defined in the Social Work and Social Service Act (1998).

  • The goals of any type of Social Work services are to contribute to the development of skills and utilization of resources, which allow people to resolve their own problems.

  • A feature that distinguishes Social Work from other helping professions is that, in addition to being concerned with problems on an individual and personal level, it is also concerned with broader social issues that impact clients’ lives.

    • Issues such as poverty, stigma, and ableism impact the ways in which families experience the world. In this way, unlike many other professions, Social Work is value-laden, with social justice at the heart of practice.


What is a Social Worker (SW)?

  • SWs are professionals who are dedicated to using their positions to advance the goals of their clients.

    • SWs never view the individual in isolation from the broader social structure within which they exist. They abide by specific ethical guidelines, which place value and emphasis on respect for the client and the importance of self-determination.

  • 'Social Worker' is a protected title named under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005. Only professionals who are registered with the appropriate regulatory body may use the title specific for that profession.

  • In Ontario, SWs are registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW), the regulatory organization that oversees the practice of Social Workers in Ontario.

    • In order to qualify for entrance into the profession and ongoing service delivery within the profession, each SW must meet the College’s requirements.

    • The programs and standards of this regulatory body help to ensure that, when receiving the services of an SW, you can expect to receive care from a qualified professional who is held to a high standard. This means that clients will receive high-quality, safe, and ethical care.

  • Social Workers help people overcome barriers, reach goals, develop skills, and build resiliency by

    • Working directly with clients to provide assessment and intervention

    • Connecting people with resources that can help meet their needs

    • Helping clients to discover and utilize existing strengths and supports available to them

    • Working as part of multidisciplinary teams, or liaising with other members of clients’ support networks to ensure that the unique strengths of all parties are effectively utilized

    • Developing or contributing to policies on organizational or broader levels that emphasize justice and fairness

    • Advocating for solutions to issues that impact client’s needs and rights


About SPARK's Social Workers

Our Social Workers have university degrees in Social Work, and are members in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW), and the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW). To get connected with a SPARK Social Worker, contact us!

At SPARK, our Social Workers are passionate about working with the pediatric population (ages 0 to 18) and their families, and are skilled and experienced in the following areas: 


Funding Support

  • From respite to specialized programming to diapers to therapy, caring for a child with a disability or other needs can come with additional expenses that can become excessive for families. 

  • Funding support services can help families identify funding that they may be eligible to receive.  Additionally, as required, families can be supported in completing the steps required to access funding. 

  • Relevant sources of funding include:

    • Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD)

    • Special Services at Home (SSAH)

    • Disability Tax Credit (DTC)

    • Incontinence Supplies Grant Program - Easter Seals Ontario

    • Access2 - Easter Seals Canada Access 2 Entertainment Program

    • Private or Charitable Sources

Service Navigation

  • As a parent or caregiver of a child or youth with developmental challenges, the prospect of navigating various service systems can be daunting and overwhelming.  

  • Some of the interconnected service systems that children and their families may come in contact with on a daily basis include: 

    • Education

    • Behavioural services

    • Health care

    • Mental health care

    • Rehabilitation services

    • Childcare

    • Recreation

    • Child welfare

    • Youth criminal justice

  • Service navigation services can include helping family members with:

    • Linking to appropriate community services

    • Accessing and understanding information regarding service systems 

    • Overcoming barriers to accessing services

    • Communicating with agencies and services

School Support

  • Children spend a large portion of their time at school.  It is of great important, therefore, that school environments are set up to best support each child's unique needs. 

  • School support services can help families with:

    • Gaining knowledge about the school system

    • Preparing effectively for school meetings

    • Strengthening advocacy skills

    • Understanding the Individual Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) process

    • Ensuring that the Individual Education Plan (IEP) is well-developed and meets the needs of the child

    • Navigating other school-related challenges (e.g. school suspensions, exclusion, bullying)

How to Access Social Work Services with SPARK

To discuss how Social Work Services may benefit your child, or if you'd like to get set up with services, please contact us today!