Social Workers in Schools – call for local authority participants

What Works for Children’s Social Care (WWCSC) is requesting applications from local authorities to be a part of the Social Workers in Schools (SWIS) scale-up.

The SWIS Scale-up is the continuation of a programme of work that began with three pilots in Lambeth, Southampton and Stockport in 2019. The programme aims to embed social workers in secondary schools to reduce referral rates to children’s social care (CSC), and reduce the numbers of Section 17 or Section 47 investigations, along with the overarching aim of reducing the number of children in care, and improving educational attainment. It is hoped that this will also promote better inter-agency working between schools and the children’s social care system.

In this scale-up, funded by the Department for Education, we anticipate working with up to 160 schools in up to 10 local authorities. This is set to commence in September 2020, and run throughout the school academic year.

Deadline to submit proposal 11:59pm on Monday 15th June 2020

If you have any further questions about the project or the application, please email