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Social Worker - Nelson

Social Worker - Nelson

Social Worker - Nelson

Oranga Tamariki

Closing Date : 20 Aug 2019

Job Ref: 29565

Our Nelson team is looking for passionate social workers who will utilise the latest, strengths-based practice tools and assessment frameworks to get quality outcomes for tamariki, rangatahi, whānau and the community.

A big part of your day will be meeting with children and young people and ensuring their voices are heard. You will be completing assessments, creating plans, participating in family group conferences and partnering with other agencies and the community to get the best outcomes. Of key importance in this role will be your tenacity to overcome everyday barriers and ability to drive positive outcomes which will put you in good stead for this challenging yet hugely rewarding role.

Getting the best for our at most risk children and young people is not an easy job, but when you see the positive difference you can make – it is worth it.

We can offer you:

  • A competitive market salary.
  • A proactive plan around professional development and regular supervision to aide you inachieving your personal and professional goals.
  • The opportunity to work in a passionate and rewarding role where lives are changed.
  • A bi-cultural practice approach with the opportunity to build your network across various community partners and stakeholders.

You will have:

  • A social work qualification recognised by the New Zealand SWRB or full registration with SWRB and ability to obtain an APC.
  • A full, clean valid driver licence.
  • Exceptional listening skills –able to hear what the child or young person has to say.
  • The opportunity to work in a passionate and rewarding role where lives are changed.
  • Proven ability to quickly build rapport with tamariki and rangatahi.
  • Well-developed critical thinking – you know how to gather information and make good evidence based decisions.
  • A high degree of both verbal and written communication skills as you will need to write court reports.
  • A commitment to bi-cultural practice and a culturally responsive approach (a good understanding of Tikanga Māori is essential).
  • Resilience and a caring nature with a positive “can do” attitude .
  • The flexibility to work an afterhours duty roster as required.

If you genuinely want to make a real positive impact on children’s lives, you’ll be glad to know that at Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children, they always come first.

About us:

Putting children first guides everything we do at Oranga Tamariki. Along with that, we value fairness and sincerity. We treat whānau with respect and we think long-term. We believe that by getting involved early in their lives and showing love and care, we give children the best chance of growing into happy thriving New Zealanders. We work alongside our community partners to bring about positive outcomes for our children, young people and their whānau.

How to apply:

Please 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 questions about the role, please contact Sonia Fairie on

Applications close: 20 August, 2019 #LI-ORG

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