At the core of social work practice is respect for the dignity, rights and worth of individuals as they realize their potential to become fulfilled, contributing members of society. School social workers are committed to nonjudgmental acceptance of the student and family, shared decision making, participatory education, helping people take responsibility for their own choices and behavior, and enabling students and families to fully benefit from their school experiences. School social workers function within a culturally responsive framework. School social workers have a commitment to enhancing studentsí talents, hopes, skills, self-awareness and expectations. School social workers focus on strengths within the life or system in which the student functions.