Who is a SWiS and what do they do?

Posted on July 20, 2022 by Iosis

We get to believe in children and and their whānau, and to hope for better for them. That’s where change starts. Because if you don’t have anyone who believes in you, how can you move forward?”

– Iosis social work team

Iosis’s school social work team comprises 11 social workers based at 15 primary and secondary schools in Manurewa and Papakura, and their manager, Heidi Austin-Crawford.

The team has developed a picture book called Who is a SWiS and What Do They Do? The book explains to children how a SWiS (Social Worker in Schools) can help them and their whānau.

Illustrated by Heidi and one of her team, Jolisa, the book follows two fictional child characters, Apa and Loimata, as they engage with a social worker at their school.

Iosis plans to publish the book, with it potentially becoming a resource for other school social work agencies too.

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