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Help with learning and social skills at school

Social Workers in Schools is a government initiative created to help children in lower decile primary schools feel safe, confident and fully engaged in learning.

If your child/tamariki is struggling to learn or to fit in, and attends a decile 1-3 school, you can ask for help.

We work alongside families/whānau and school staff to help your tamariki develop a sense of belonging and an interest in school and learning.

How we help

Exploring strengths
Exploring strengths

We'll explore your family/whānau strengths and work with those to help your child understand their identity and sense of belonging

Safe environment
Safe environment

We'll work with you to create a safe, healthy environment for your child/children

Encourage learning
Encourage learning

We'll work alongside you and your child's teachers to find ways to encourage their engagement with learning

Improve relationships
Improve relationships

We'll work with you, your child and teachers to find ways to overcome behaviours or improve relationships that are causing problems

Group programmes
Group programmes

We'll provide group programmes for children that help with confidence and new skills to manage situations

Where to start

It's entirely your decision if you think this service will benefit your child. If you'd like to know more you can contact your child's school directly or contact us and we'll get in touch as soon as we can.

The Social Workers in School service is available in these locations:

  • Christchurch
  • Marlborough
  • Mid Canterbury
  • Nelson
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