My name is Siueli Vatikani, born and raised in Kolofo’ou Tongatapu. I am married with 2 boys, aged 22yrs and 18yrs and I come from a very strong Catholic background. I migrated with my family here to Aotearoa in 2006.
I am contracted by the Anglican Trust Women and Children as a Social Worker in School and based in Holy Cross Catholic School, Papatoetoe.
My role as Social Worker in School (SWiS) is to support families/whanau to nurture their children and give them the happy, healthy and secure futures they deserve.
What Social Worker in School (SWiS) offers are having one to one support to children, supporting with housing/benefits and access to community support, support referrals to community-based services such as counselling, before or after school care, mentoring, parenting; parenting support (Building Awesome Whanau) and Discuss legal options. Not only one to one support to children but SWiS do provide group programmes to support students at school, to address issues including, bullying, peer pressure, identity, family relationship, domestic violence, drug and alcohol issues, grief and loss and self-harm.
Anyone (Schools, Parents, Student) can make a referral to SWiS to become involved. For SWiS to be able to involved with the child, will need a sign consent form from the parent/caregiver and once completed the referral form, you can email to SWiS or see SWiS at school or SWiS is able to come for a home visit.
Every Friday at 8am the management team (Principal, DP, AP) meet up with SWiS to allocate any referral from school to SWiS and a weekly summary from SWiS on the children and families/whanau that SWiS is currently working with.