Social Workers in Schools Programme

The aim of the social workers in schools project SWIS is to
reduce social care involvement and keep children living safely
at home. The team of 7 social workers are embedded in 7
secondary schools, as part of the school’s existing pastoral/
safeguarding structures.

The social workers offer support on safeguarding issues and
concerns to teachers, parents and pupils identifying abuse
and neglect earlier alongside other professionals including the
Police School Liaison Officers CAMHS and the Early Help,
practitioners supported through Haringey’s Early Help Panel.
The aim is to support the pastoral team with early preventative
work to reduce families being escalated to tier 3 and tier 4
threshold. The social workers are issue holding alongside the
school.
The remit of the work is very flexible, i.e., home visits where
concerns have arisen, advocacy for parents and signposting
them as appropriate.
SWIS was initiated in October 2020 initially when six months’
worth of funding was awarded by the Department of education.
This was subsequently extended in March 2021 for a further
12 months taking the funding award period to March 2022.
Thus far the project is making a significant impact in terms
of the reduction of referrals to the multi-agency safeguarding
hub (MASH) across the seven schools highlighting the positive
impact of the project.
Dionne Pompey-Peters
Social Workers in Schools Project Lead