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Social Workers in Schools (SWiS)

Barnardos run the service in the Hutt Valley and in Southland. 

The service

Social Workers in Schools (SWiS) is a free service that places social workers in schools across to New Zealand to support the learning and development of children and families. Barnardos run the service in the Hutt Valley and in Southland. 

Our SWiS workers have 3 main roles:

  1. to work one-on-one with children and their families and whanau
  2. to provide group programmes which help children and families succeed
  3. to help families access community support services and networks, including health and housing services.

By providing early help and support, our social workers are able to work with children, families, whānau and schools to

  • help children in need and those who are vulnerable
  • develop plans to improve their wellbeing and safety
  • support improvement in educational outcomes.

SWiS is a voluntary service — teachers, principals and community members are welcome to refer any family or child but attendance is not required. SWiS workers are there to help any person involved in the school community when needed.

Hutt Valley
  • Arakura School
  • Avalon Intermediate
  • Avalon Primary
  • Dyer Street School
  • Epuni School
  • Koraunui School
  • Maoribank School
  • Naenae Intermediate
  • Naenae Primary
  • Pomare School
  • Pukeatua School
  • Randwick School
  • Rata Street School
  • St Bernadette's School
  • St Michael's School
  • Taita Central
  • Te Ara Whānui
  • Tui Glen School
Southland
  • Aurora College
  • Ascot Community School
  • Bluff Primary School
  • East Gore School
  • Fernworth Primary School
  • Invercargill Middle School
  • Mataura School
  • Newfield Park School
  • New River Primary School
  • St Joseph's School Invercargill
  • St Patrick's School Invercargill
  • St Patrick's School Nightcaps
  • St Theresa's School Bluff

Hutt Valley
E: [email protected]
P: (027) 480 0968

Southland
E: [email protected]
P: (03) 214 7751