Programmes and community forums
We work with and fund a number of programmes and services that provide support to families and communities. Our programmes and services vary in their approach, because different people need different things, at different stages of their lives.
Some of our programmes and services are about early intervention – stopping the cycle before it happens. Others are about empowering our communities at a grass-roots level – giving them a voice and influence over the decisions that affect them.
Services in Schools
Social Workers in Schools (SWiS)
SWiS is a primary and intermediate-school based community social work service. SWiS social workers are available to support selected primary, intermediate, composite and Kura Kaupapa Māori schools; working primarily with children in years one to eight (ages 5 -12).
Referrals can be made by the children or family themselves, the school, or community or government agencies. Referrals need the consent of the parent or primary caregiver and families' involvement helps achieve long-term successful outcomes.
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.
SWiS social workers are employed by NGOs. They work in partnership with school staff as part of the school community; however they are not employed by the school.
Multi Agency Support Services in Secondary Schools (MASSiSS)
This school-based community social work service provides early assistance and intervention to young people and their families when social or family circumstances are causing the child to struggle with education, health, mental 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.
Referrals can be made by the young person or family themselves, the school, or community or government agencies. Referrals need the consent of the parents or primary caregiver. The families involvement helps achieve long-term successful outcomes.
MASSiSS staff, including social workers, are employed by NGO social service providers. They work in partnership with school staff, as part of the school community.
Youth Workers in Secondary Schools (YWISS)
The transition to secondary school is often a challenging time for young people, particularly the move up to year nine.
Youth workers mentor young people who are at risk of, or are actively disengaging from school. The aim is to improve their school attendance, engagement, achievement and wellbeing, with an emphasis on mental health.
The service is available to young people and their families and whānau, at no cost to them. The youth workers are contracted by NGO providers, and funded by Oranga Tamariki. They work in partnership with school staff, as part of the school community.
Find out more
For all services
Providers: for more information or to request additional resources - please contact your Oranga Tamariki, Partnering for Outcomes regional advisor.
Parents or another school-based professional - contact your school.
Principals - contact your Ministry of Education regional advisor.