Pou tiaki Whānau
The Social Worker in Schools (SWIS) programme is a nationwide initiative and is run in many lower decile schools. The programme was designed to allow professional social workers and their agencies work alongside teachers and principals to deal with the stresses and crises that young learners are dealing with at home and which often spill over into the classroom and playground.
Here in the Wairarapa the SWIS programme is in many schools. Rangitāne o Wairarapa runs the service at Lakeview School and Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Wairarapa.
The SWIS 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, healthy and socialised children with a strong sense of identity, who are fully engaged in school.
A number of programmes are run by SWIS to deal with behavioural issues or other stresses that are impacting on them. These include bullying in school, dealing with rage, and coping with loss and bereavement. The programmes help the child develop good relationship skills, feel better about themselves help identify and deal better with their emotions.
If this is a service you think might be useful to you or someone you know, contact the school or Mereana Lopa at Rangitāne o Wairarapa.