What happens when a student is referred to the Intensive Wraparound Service (IWS)
A wraparound facilitator and/or psychologist will work with the student and their family to assess their needs. They then work with the student and the people around them to tailor a comprehensive plan.
They work with the student, school family, whānau and other agencies. The psychologist, in consultation with the group, will develop a plan that ‘wraps around’ the student’s needs. The plan will identify what needs to happen and who needs to take responsibility.
The plan could involve a diverse range of agencies and organisations – from wider whānau, talk therapy, and Child, Youth and Family, to community sports and arts clubs.
Case studies of some examples
The plan could also include enrolment at a residential school for a period. However the priority is keeping the student in their family, local school, and community, or returning them to it as soon as possible.
The role of residential schools in IWS
The wraparound facilitator and/or psychologist assists the team in the implementation of the plan, monitors and reviews it, and changes it if necessary. The plan focuses on practical actions. Additional services and support may be funded where the collaborate team believe they are essential in meeting the student’s needs – for example, therapeutic or family support, equipment in the classroom, or brokering access to community activities or organisations.
Students receive support for up to 3 years. The Ministry funds IWS staff and initiatives for up to 2 years. Then the local services continue to provide support as discussed by a psychologist when developing the plan.
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