Social Workers in Schools
Social Workers in Schools (SWIS) is a government initiative. It is contract managed and led by the Department of Child, Youth and Family and involving the Ministries of Health, Education, Pacific Island Affairs and Te Puni Kokiri. The programme was first introduced in 1999 with the appointment of six providers to deliver 12 social work positions. In 2000 the programme was expanded to 66.5 social worker positions providing professional social work services to children and families in 171 schools. The programme expanded by another 5.5 positions in 2001, but these were not part of this evaluation. The programme is targeted to low decile primary and intermediate schools (1-5) and recognises the special needs of Maori and Pacific children and families within these schools.
An initial process evaluation of the pilot programme was completed in 2000. The evaluation reported here focused on the impact of SWIS on children, their families, schools and communities.