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Social Workers in Schools

‘Social Workers in Schools’ (SWiS) is a programme designed to support children to thrive at home and at school.

It sees trained Family Works social workers or family-whānau workers, based in schools, working alongside the students, families and teachers to support our future generations to learn, grow and thrive!

Family Works social workers are highly qualified and professional. They’re also friendly, approachable and non-judgemental. They take a strength-based approach to addressing issues at-home or school in order to strive for a brighter future for the child and their family.

They often work with the student and their family and teachers, to work on things such as:

  • developing good relationships
  • developing social skills, self-esteem and confidence
  • behavioural issues or concerns
  • parenting and bonding
  • staying safe
  • living a life free of violence and crime
  • grief and loss.

As well as working with individual children and family members, Family Works social workers:

  • develop and run practical group programmes and support networks
  • coordinate services on behalf of the family
  • provide advice and support to parents and teachers
  • make sure the family is connected to the best services for them
  • advocate on behalf of the student and/or their family.

Accessing Social Workers in Schools

Teachers, principals, community members, children and families can make referrals to Social Workers in Schools, but it’s up to the families concerned to choose to be involved – the service is voluntary.

Family Works Central currently has social workers based in the following schools, where the service is provided free-of-charge thanks to funding from Oranga Tamariki.

  • Ngatitoa School
  • Titahi Bay Intermediate
  • St Pius X School
  • Porirua School
  • Porirua East School
  • Rangikura School
  • Titahi Bay School
  • Titahi Bay North
  • Maraeroa School
  • Bishop Viard College (Years 7 and 8 only)
  • Holy Family
  • Wellington Seventh Day Adventists
  • Kahurangi School (Strathmore)