Making Aotearoa New Zealand
the best place to raise children
in flourishing families
Today, Wednesday 24 September 2014, is New Zealand Social Workers Day.
Social work often takes place behind-the-scenes and can be unrecognised due to the sensitivity of the issues dealt with, but the impact the work has on people’s lives can be huge.
Family Works, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, is using this occasion to thank their social workers for the work they do in our community.
The Family Works team includes 12 social workers who are trained in providing advice, support and advocacy for children, parents and families between Whanganui and Wellington.
Of those workers, six provide services in 14 schools across Porirua and Wellington for the Ministry of Social Development’s Social Workers in Schools (SWiS) programme.
Family Works SWiS programme leader Taiana Anderson says the programme designed to address concerns about a child’s wellbeing, including their ability to learn.
“Our team works with children, their parents and wider whanau to ensure that our tamariki are safe, happy, and do the best they can socially and academically at school.”
Family Works regional manager Nici Nixon says Family Works social workers offer mentoring support for young people struggling with self esteem, behaviour and risk taking, advocacy with other agencies, and practical support in getting families the basic essentials needed to care for their children.
“We take pride in the commitment and energy that our social work team brings to Family Works and the children, families, whanau and community that we serve.”
Family Works is happy to provide contacts for social workers from your region at request.