Residential special schools enrolment with Te Kahu Tōī, Intensive Wraparound Service (IWS)

A young person can enrol in a residential special school (RSS) with or without additional support from IWS. This page provides information about the RSS enrolment process with IWS support.

How do IWS and RSS work together?

Part of a student’s IWS plan may include enrolment at a RSS. The aim is for a brief enrolment with a planned programme for the student’s stay. Then the young person will be supported to return to their home and usual school.

Who can initiate the process?

A parent, educator or service provider can request that a young person is enrolled in a residential special school.

How to apply?

  1. If a parent or young person would like to access a RSS, and the young person is not currently receiving IWS they should first apply for IWS support.
  2. If the young person is already receiving IWS support, the IWS psychologist, family and the team in the home region will discuss the range of options available including RSS enrolment. 
  3. Based on the parents decision, and a knowledge that a RSS enrolment will support the goals set in the IWS plan, the IWS psychologist will progress a section 9 agreement.
  4. Once the Section 9 agreement is signed off, the young person can enrol at their new school and transition planning will begin.

Making sure young people are involved in the process

It is important that young people are fully informed, consulted, and supported to understand any decisions that impact on them. When decisions about a move to a residential school are being considered, listening to the voice of the student is even more important. This is the responsibility of the family and the IWS team.

Benefits of combining RSS enrolment with IWS service include:

  • The holistic IWS plan can provide a broad range of supports across the home, school and community. 
  • Additional resourcing can be accessed 
  • Transitions are well supported
  • Children return to their home community as soon as possible.

Last reviewed: Has this been useful? Give us your feedback