Family Works Central

Making Aotearoa New Zealand
the best place to raise children
in flourishing families

Social Workers in Schools (SWiS)

‘Social Workers in Schools’ (SWiS) is a programme designed to address concerns about a child’s wellbeing, including their ability to learn.

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

Through SWiS, our social workers will team up with the student, and their family, to work on things such as:

  • developing good relationships
  • developing social skills, self-esteem and confidence
  • behavioural issues or concerns
  • parenting and bonding
  • family violence
  • grief and loss.

As well as working with individuals, the social worker will develop and implement group programmes, coordinate services on behalf of the family, provide advice and support to teachers and make sure the family is connected to the best services for them.

The focus is on building on each family’s strengths and connecting students to the available support networks. We believe the earlier we can work to address issues at school or at home, the brighter the future for the child and family.

Read about how SWiS helped Izzy and her family.

Accessing Social Workers in Schools…

Teachers, principals or community members can refer students to Social Workers in Schools, but it’s up to the families concerned to choose to be involved – the service is voluntary.

Children and their families can also contact us directly.

Thanks to…

Thanks to funding from the Ministry of Social Development, Family Works Central is able to provide this free service for all students, and their families, in years 1 to 8 at the following Porirua, Titahi Bay and Wellington schools:

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

Location map