Social Workers In Schools

Social Workers In Schools (SWiS) is a school based community social work service.

SWiS are qualified, registered social workers who work alongside students and whanau to support finding solutions to challenges that may impact on children’s education and well-being.  

Our 35 social workers support over 60 primary, intermediate and secondary schools across Auckland. For a full list, please click here.

Social workers in schools are employed by ATWC, based in schools and work collaboratively with the school, the community and other relevant agencies to support and advocate for students and their whanau. It is a confidential service that requires whanau consent.  Anyone can refer, please find our referral form here.

SWiS focus on ensuring children have the best opportunity to engage in education. In addition to one-to-one and family work, we design, develop and provide group programmes to build students’ self-esteem, social skills, confidence and inter-personal relationships.

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Social Workers in Schools can:

  • Work with individuals and also with their families or extended family
  • Work with teachers, public health nurses and other school staff
  • Assist with housing/benefits and access to community support and networks
  • Offer parenting support
  • Discuss legal advice
  • Support referrals to community-based services such as counsellors
  • Provide group programmes to support students at school
  • Offer advocacy support to young people and families

Our social workers can help – in strict confidence – with issues including bullying, peer pressure and relationships, family relationships, pregnancy, domestic violence, drug and alcohol issues and mental health issues such as depression, grief and self-harm.

How do I contact a Social Worker?

SWiS workers are at school most days but are sometimes off-site as their work involves visiting families at home and working with other agencies.

If you think one of our SWiS team might be able to help, call into the SWiS office or ask the school office staff to call one of our social workers on their cellphone and they will get back to you.

Social Work records are confidential and kept separate from other school records. You are welcome to discuss situations with SWiS staff who can offer advice without a formal referral.

Who Can Refer You to the Social Worker?

You can refer yourself to a social worker. Your teachers, deans, family or friends can also refer you with your consent and your family will not be referred without your consent.

More Information

To learn more about SWiS, please contact Aroha Ruka