Support For Schools
What is SWIS?
Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) Durham is a school-based program that provides information and referral services to assist newly-arrived families in many ways including:
- Assisting newcomers with accessing school and community resources
- Linking newcomers with social and cultural services
- Assisting newcomers as they integrate into their local schools
How it works?
Each school is assigned a school settlement worker. With the cooperation of the school, settlement workers contact newcomer parents and youth to provide them with settlement/school information and refer them to other community services. Students under the age of 16 require parental consent to access SWIS. Though not a professional translator, the settlement worker in your school is part of a multilingual team and can help families access services in many languages.
How to refer to SWIS?
- Ask the family or youth to fill out a SWIS Consent Form (available at the school office or from your school settlement worker).
- Return the Consent Form to your school settlement worker.
- SWIS will contact the newcomer
SWIS Consent Forms are available in 30 different languages.
Durham Catholic District School Board English Consent Form
Durham District School Board English Consent Form
To access the SWIS Consent Form in another language fill out the form below
How to find your SWIS worker?
Look up the worker assigned to your school here.Click here to search