Expansion of SWiS service

23 February 2012

SWiS is a school-based community social work service that places a social worker right in the school grounds, bringing together a child or young person’s home and school life. 

The service provides early assistance and intervention to children and their families when social or family circumstances are causing the child to struggle with education, health or social development. The aim is to see safe, socialised children with a strong sense of identity and wellbeing, who are fully engaged in school

Over recent years there has been strong demand from schools for specialist support for children, to deal with children's increasingly complex and sometimes harmful home situations. In response, the Government recently announced additional funding to expand the social workers in schools (SWIS) service to all decile 1-3 primary schools, increasing the number of schools with SWIS to 673.

New services will be phased in, with contracts in place for about a quarter of the new services by mid 2012, Stage one will focus primarily on decile 1-3 schools which currently do not have SwiS in Northland, South Auckland and Hawkes Bay. The areas for stage two and three are yet to be confirmed.

By the time the expanded service is rolled out, around 131,000 children will be covered by school-based social workers – an increase of almost 70,000 children.

The Expressions of Interest process is now open, and submissions from service providers can be made via the GETS portal