Social Workers in Schools

Service vision, core values, and guiding principles

Vision

The vision of the Social Workers in Schools service is to “enhance life outcomes for children whose social and family circumstances place at risk their chances of achieving good education, social and health outcomes.” 

Stand Children's Services provides the service in Christchurch, Wairarapa, Gisborne and Northland. Social Workers in Schools are assigned to clusters of schools in each area and work closely with the schools and other agencies. The service is targeted to primary/intermediate schools in the Decile 1-3 range.

The core values and guiding principles provide a philosophical framework for the SWiS service.

Core values

Children have a right to have their wellbeing and safety protected and promoted to achieve their full potential. 

The existing strengths within families/whanau are acknowledged and enhanced though the application of a strengths-based practice social work philosophy.

The wellbeing and safety of children is a responsibility to be shared by the entire community of parents, extended family/whanau, schools, community, government agencies, local body authorities, non-governmental organisations and businesses.

The SWiS service will:

  • Work in partnership with children and families/whanau in a voluntary (non-statutory) relationship which respects the right of each family/whanau to participate fully in all aspects of service delivery; and 
  • Function using the partnering principles and framework as agreed in the Partnering Agreement   (Appendix 3 Partnering Agreement template).

Guiding principles

Work in partnership with children and families/whanau in a voluntary (non-statutory) relationship which respects the right of each family/whanau to participate fully in all aspects of service delivery; and function using the partnering principles and framework as agreed in the Partnering Agreement.

Stand has seventeen social workers, providing successful services to the following schools: 

Christchurch

  • Shirley Primary
  • Gilberthorpe
  • St Bernadettes
  • Addington
  • Waltham
  • Wharenui
  • Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Whanau Tahi

  • Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Waitahi

  • Bamford

  • Te Waka Unua

  • Rowley
  • West Spreydon
  • Riccarton
  • Linwood North
  • Bromley
  • South Hornby
  • Sockburn
  • Haeata Community College year 0 -8
  • Hornby
  • Linwood College year 7/8
  • Hornby High School year 7/8

Gisborne

  • Gisborne Intermediate

Northland

  • Selwyn Park Primary
  • Aranga Primary
  • Pouto Primary
  • Ruwai Primary
  • Dargaville Primary
  • Ruawai College
  • Te Kopuru
  • Dargaville Intermediate
  • Hikurangi Primary
  • Whau Valley
  • Kaihu Valley
  • St. Josephs
  • Tinopai
  • Aropohe

Click Here for the SWiS - Agency/School Referral Form

Click Here for the SWiS - Child/Family Self Referral Form

Click here to our Contact Us page to find out more about accessing the SWiS service