Social Workers in Schools (SWiS) Services

Social Workers in Schools (SWiS) is a government-funded, community social work service available in most decile 1-3 primary and intermediate schools and kura kaupapa Māori.

Previous evaluations and kaupapa Māori studies of SWiS have found strong support for the service. Schools and kura, families and whānau, and social workers have said they value the service and see positive change for students across a wide range of areas.

Message from SWiS

Talofa Lava, Malo LeiLei, Fakalofa lahi atu, Kia orana, Kia ora koutou katoa…

My name is Robert Mac Farlane and I am the Social worker in School (Swis).  I am of Maori and Scottish decent and am passionate about helping whanau and children in Mangere.  During my four years in the Viscount Community I have had the privilege of helping families relocate into a new home, help them acquire and understand their full Work and Income privileges, help find temporary support for food and clothing and much more. 

I have also provided specialised programs and one on one mentoring for groups/individual students who require extra support in the school.  These programs are the Tranzformers Boxing, Positive Puberty Plus, Toolbox and Kete Paraha programs only to name a few.

I am in Viscount School from Monday to Friday so if your family or child require any support please don’t hesitate to call the school or call me on 021792032.