Social Work

  • Playing in the SKIP park


In total we worked with 142 families in 2013
  • 84% of parents/carers passed the course (assessed on attendance, participation and exam results)
  • 91% of families registered for health care (over four times as likely to have health insurance as other families living in the local area)
  • 28 cases were reviewed in the Child Protection meetings 25% of these related to domestic abuse, 17% to health difficulties and 57% to behaviour management issues.
  • Between 2010 and 2013, poverty levels amongst families have improved by 12% - this is the equivalent of 10 families crossing the poverty line.
Read more about programme outcomes in our annual reports

Programme Description

The social work team seeks to support people in becoming the protagonists of their own change. We focus on helping people to expand their skills and abilities.

In addition to providing daily drop in sessions at the office where parents can access advice, the social work team also run biweekly training workshops on a range of different subjects from breast cancer awareness to parenting techniques.

Home visits are carried out a minimum of twice yearly to inform assessments of the family situation and ensure that we are able to provide the tailor made support to each individual family. These sessions are also used to complete monitoring assessments such as the Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI) which we use to track poverty levels within the SKIP community.

Finally, the social work team establish and maintain alliances with other organisations in Trujillo in order to be able to provide as much support as possible to the families we are working with, for example in relation to health difficulties where specialist support is required.

Family Selection

One of the important tasks carried out by the Social Work team each year is the Family selection process. With 200,000 people on our doorstep, SKIP has to make sure that the limited help we can offer is prioritised for families most in need.

In order to move forward with applications, the following criteria must be met:

  • Families must demonstrate that they will engage in support offered
  • Families must live within a 20 minute walk of the SKIP Community Centre
  • Families must have a child enrolled in Primary school
  • Children must be enrolled in one of the four local Schools we partner with

We then use an assessment tool, designed by the SKIP social work team, which gives us a measurement score of the family's current situation. This includes how many children they have, whether or not they are in school, family income, type of housing, access to utilities, and societal and familial support networks. Using these scores families are banded into groups and those with the highest level of need are selected to progress to the next round. This will usually be between 30 to 40 families depending on the number of places we have available the following year.

We then complete a home visit to gain a more detailed perspective of the overall family situation and we also complete the PPI (Progress out of Poverty Index) which gives us an indication of familial poverty level.

Once we make a selection, successful families pass to the 'Pre-programme' phase where they attend a series of six workshops teaching them about SKIP and the way we work. Attendance is obligatory and anyone missing more than two sessions will not be selected. The final stage is that children attend the holiday club with an attendance of more than 70 percent.