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Tena Koutou, My name is Roar Henningsen and I am the Social Worker in Schools (SWiS) for Bailey Road School.


Social Workers in Schools are qualified social workers who are experienced in working with children, young people and their whanau to help find solutions to issues that impact on their education, wellbeing, and rights as children and young people. Children today are more and more affected by many social factors that can negatively impact on their life and learning.

Many families are in a state of change and until it becomes stabilized, children’s unmet physical, spiritual, whanau and emotional needs will continue to interfere with their ability to learn and adjust in school.  That is what I am here for, to protect, develop and improve children’s safety, wellbeing and educational outcomes.

Social Workers in Schools can:


  • Work with students and also their close and extended whanau


  • Work with teachers, public health nurses and other school staff


  • Assist with housing/benefits and access to community support and networks


  • Offering parenting support


  • Discuss legal advice


  • Support referrals to community-based services, such as counsellors


  • Provide group programs to support students at school


  • Offer advocacy support to young people and their whanau



SWiS can help – in strict confidence – with issues including bullying, peer pressure, and relationships; family relationships, pregnancy, domestic violence, drug and alcohol issues and mental health issues, such as depression, grief and self-esteem/confidence.


SWiS is a FREE and confidential service that is based at Bailey Road School during normal school operating hours, and is also available during school holidays.

Referrals can be made via email, by phone, or by visiting me in my office during school hours.  Referrals can also be made through Miss Salesa, Deputy Principal.



Contact Information

Roar Henningsen                                               Office Hours:

027 702 3102                                                     Mondays: 8.30am -2pm

09 579 4619 ext. 808                                         Tuesdays to Fridays: 8.30am - 3pm

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