Social Services in Schools
Service vision, core values, and guiding principles
The vision of the Social Services in Schools is to “enhance life outcomes for children whose social and family circumstances place at risk their chances of achieving good education, social and health outcomes.”
Stand Children's Services provides the service in Christchurch, Gisborne and Northland. Social Services in Schools are assigned to clusters of schools in each area and work closely with the schools and other agencies. The service is available to primary, intermediate and secondary schools.
The core values and guiding principles provide a philosophical framework for the service.
The existing strengths within families/whanau are acknowledged and enhanced though the application of a strengths-based practice social work philosophy. Children have a right to have their well-being and safety protected and promoted to achieve their full potential.
The wellbeing and safety of children is a responsibility to be shared by the entire community of parents, extended family/whanau, schools, community, government agencies, local body authorities, non-governmental organisations and businesses.
The service will:
- Work in partnership with children and families/whanau in a voluntary (non-statutory) relationship which respects the right of each family/whanau to participate fully in all aspects of service delivery; and
- Function using the partnering principles and framework between schools and service providers.
Work in partnership with children and families/whanau in a voluntary (non-statutory) relationship which respects the right of each family/whanau to participate fully in all aspects of service delivery; and function using the partnering principles and framework as set out in the Social Services in Schools Service Specification.
Stand has fifteen social workers, providing successful services to the following schools:
- Shirley Primary
- St Bernadettes
Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Whanau Tahi
Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Waitahi
Te Waka Unua
- West Spreydon
- Linwood North
- South Hornby
- Haeata Community College year 0 -8
- Linwood College year 7/8
- Hornby High School year 7/8
- Gisborne Intermediate
- Selwyn Park Primary
- Aranga Primary
- Pouto Primary
- Ruwai Primary
- Dargaville Primary
- Dargaville High School
- Ruawai College
- Te Kopuru
- Dargaville Intermediate
- Hikurangi Primary
- Whau Valley
- Kaihu Valley
- St. Josephs