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Social Worker, Youth Justice - Rotorua

Social Worker, Youth Justice - Rotorua

Social Worker, Youth Justice - Rotorua

Oranga Tamariki

Closing Date : 20 Aug 2019

Job Ref: 29526

Do you want to make a genuine, positive impact on the lives of rangatahi and whānau? Join a supportive team covering Rotorua, Taupo and Tokoroa locations using the latest strengths-based tools and assessment frameworks in this exciting Social Worker role based in Rotorua.

What you will bring?

  • A full, clean, valid driver’s licence.
  • Full registration with New Zealand’s Social Work Registration Board (SWRB) or able to register.
  • A social worker qualification recognised by the SWRB.
  • Resilience, initiative and a proactive creative approach to working with rangatahi.
  • Experience working with rangatahi and whānau would be a plus.
  • The ability to prepare individual social work plans which meet the identified needs of young people.
  • Sound judgement and organisational skills.
  • The ability to manage risk and make tough decisions.
  • Life experience and understanding around  what rangatahi may be experiencing.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills with the ability to adapt to your audience.
  • Good written skills as you will need to write court reports and case notes.
  • Commitment to working towards positive outcomes for rangatahi, whānau and the community.
  • Strong cultural awareness and practice.
  • Knowledge of Te Reo or Pacific Island languages would be a plus.

What you will do?

  • Working intensively with rangatahi aged between 10-18 years old who come to the attention of the police and the Youth Court.
  • Hear our rangatahi’s voices and support them or their whānau to make positive changes.
  • Work with various cultural groups and people from different backgrounds.
  • Complete assessments with the young person and family to identify needs and together look at options  .
  • Support young people to identify underlying causes of offending behaviour so these can be addressed and to be accountable for their actions to their victims.
  • Work with key stakeholders such as iwi, Youth and Family Court, Te Kooti Rangatahi, Youth Advocates and those involved in the wider health and education sector.
  • Be an advocate on behalf of rangatahi to ensure they have the support and resources needed to reach their full potential.
  • Transition rangatahi back to their whānau or iwi from residential services.

What’s on offer?

  • A salary range between $54,746 - $91,606.
  • A great team who are really excited to have someone join in on their journey.
  • Support to achieve your goals through training and career development opportunities.
  • Reimbursement for your annual practicing fee.
  • Access to a generous Southern Cross health plan and banking package with Westpac.
  • Rewarding and sometimes challenging work that  can make a difference to the young person now and on into their future.
  • Opportunities to work alongside various cultural groups, build your network and strengthen community relationships.

Who are we?

Our tamariki and rangatahi deserve to feel safe, have their voices heard, and be surrounded by loving whānau. At Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children, we’re on a journey to ensure that it happens. We are a leading social work practice that is child-centred, trauma-informed, and effective for all cultures.

What team you will work with?

Our Rotorua team are committed to supporting our rangatahi and making a difference to their lives. Being a high Māori and Pacific Island demography in Rotorua, Taupo and Tokoroa we are all committed to working together with the people in our community to really make a genuine difference in the lives of our young people and their families. We are a team who work together to support one another.

How to apply?

Apply online with your CV, cover letter, copy of your social worker qualification and SWRB details. If you are an Oranga Tamariki employee already, please apply through your myHR portal. If you are applying from overseas, you will be required to provide a copy of your IELTS certificate. If you have any queries, please contact Terri Telford at #LI-ORG

Hurry as applications close on the 20th of August 2019.

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