Welcome to the
SWiS
Presentation for
School Staff
My Name is:
Introduction
Would like to take 20 minutes of
your time to talk to you about
SWiS in your school:
• What we do
• How we do it
• Who will benefit
• How you can refer
What is SWiS?
• SWiS is a free social work service
to children in the school and their
families/whānau
• It provides early assistance to
children and their families/whānau
to help overcome barriers to a
child’s academic success
What is SWiS?
This is in the form of:
• Early intervention and prevention
services to children and their
families/whānau
• This can be provided on an
individual basis or in preventative
group programmes
Why have a social
worker in school?
• Most children are seen regularly at
school
• There is an existing infrastructure
to support the delivery of services
Why have a social
worker in school?
• Schools already focus on the
child’s well being and
development
• Difficulties can be identified early
on because school staff are likely
to know about the circumstances
of the child and their
family/whānau
What does the
SWiS service aim
to achieve?
SWiS work with the strengths of the child
and their family/whānau to help achieve
positive outcomes for the child. These
are:
• Children engaged in their school
• Safe, socialised children, who have a
strong sense of well being
• Healthy Children
How does SWiS
achieve this?
SWiS works in a voluntary
relationship with children and their
family/whānau to help resolve or
manage any specific difficulties which
could create barriers to their child’s
academic success
How does SWiS
achieve this?
SWiS provides children and their
family/whānau with early
intervention and prevention
group programmes to support
their child’s health, well being
and educational achievement
How does SWiS
achieve this?
SWiS network with community
groups to access the support for
families which is most
appropriate to their needs
How you can help
make SWiS a
success
•
•
•
Take time to become familiar with the
work we do
Promote the SWiS service and the group
programmes to the children and their
families/whānau
Encourage and support your
families/whānau to access the SWiS
social worker
How to make a
Referral to SWiS
•
•
If you know of a child or
family/whānau that could benefit
from SWiS, tell them about us and
give them a copy of the brochure in
their first language
The SWiS service is voluntary, so
encourage the child or the
family/whānau to approach the SWiS
social worker themselves
How to make a
Referral to SWiS
 Alternatively you could make a
referral yourself using the school’s
referral process
 Anyone can refer a child and
family/whānau to the SWiS service.
This includes: principal, teacher,
RTLB, or any other organisations
working with school children
Summary
• We’re here to help children and
families/whānau so that their
children can achieve at school
• If you know of a child or
family/whānau who could benefit
from our help, tell them about us
or refer them to us
Want more
Information?
• Contact me:
Hand outs
Upon leaving this meeting you
should have :
• A copy of the information leaflet
for school staff, to go in your MoE
folder
• Copies of the information leaflets
for families in different languages
to put in your MoE folder too, so
that they are easily accessed for
families
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