Social Workers in Schools (SWiS)

SWiS is a primary and intermediate-school based community social work service.

SWiS overview

SWiS social workers work primarily with children in years one to eight (ages 5 -12).

They work in:

  • selected primary schools
  • intermediates
  • composite schools
  • Kura Kaupapa Māori.

Referrals need the consent of the parent or primary caregiver and can be made by:

  • the children or whānau/families themselves
  • the school
  • community or government agencies.

Social workers work with the most at-risk children, their families/whānau and schools to develop plans to improve their safety, wellbeing and educational outcomes. This family/whānau involvement is also vital to achieving long term successful outcomes.

SWiS social workers are employed by NGOs, not the school, but they work in partnership with school staff as part of the school community. 

SWiS resources

The SWiS toolkit

The SWiS toolkit is a resource to help support quality practice by making sure social workers have clarity around their role. It also provides an induction for new SWiS social workers.

Visit the SWiS toolkit

SWiS process

Suitable for printing as a poster. This can be used as an engagement tool in schools or in conversations with principals, teachers or parents.

View the poster [PDF, 185 KB] (can be printed as A3 or A1)

SWiS visual identity 

Includes the way the design ‘tells the story’ of SWiS mahi and the usage of the Te Hunga Tauwhiro I te Kura title.

View the poster [PDF, 4.5 MB] (can be printed as A3 or A1) 

SWiS brand guidelines 

Technical information on how to use the SWiS visual identity, including versions of the logo, colours, etc.

These guidelines should be used for any collateral SWiS providers or workers may want to produce, such as business cards, pamphlets, websites, newsletters, etc. If you have specific further technical questions (such as asking for assistance with a template) or to request specific png, jpg, eps or gif format files of logos, please email: design@ot.govt.nz

Read the guidelines [PDF, 3.7 MB]

Strengths and difficulties questionnaire (SDQ) reporting process

This poster outlines the steps and timeframes involved in the SDQ reporting process. 

View the poster [PDF, 79 KB] (recommended to be printed in A3)

Further resources

Order form for SWiS resources such as posters and pamphlets in different languages.

Resource order form [EXCEL, 34 KB]

Published: March 13, 2017 · Updated: July 7, 2020