One in five Philadelphia students in criminal justice or child welfare system
As Philadelphia schools lose support staff, the district discovered that more students need support than previously thought — one in five high school students have been through child services, the criminal justice system or both.
A new report further details the needs of Philadelphia students — needs that understaffed schools may be ignoring.
One in five Philadelphia High School students have gone through the criminal justice or child services systems at some point in their lives, according to a report released this week by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the School District of Philadelphia and the Department of Human Services.
The percent is just slightly smaller when including elementary and middle schools — 17 percent of all Philadelphia students have experienced the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
Before the report, the district had no knowledge of how many students had experienced the systems and possible traumas related to it. The findings underwrite the need for social workers, counselors and psychologists, but budget shortfalls have cut support staff or the amount of time they can spend in schools.
To combat the pressing issue, the Department of Human Services plans to place 27 more social workers in Philadelphia schools.