Social Worker

Oranga Tamariki

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Bay of Plenty

Social Worker - Full-time, permanent opportunity - Tauranga West Site

About us - Mō mātou

Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children has a commitment to putting tamariki and rangatahi at the heart of what we do.

In our work, we aim to demonstrate these values:

  • We put Tamariki first
  • We believe Aroha is vital
  • We respect the Mana of people
  • We are Tika and Pono
  • We value Whakapapa
  • We recognise that Oranga is a journey

Our purpose is to ensure that all tamariki are in loving whānau and communities where oranga tamariki can be realised. 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 are committed to putting children first, we believe aroha is vital, we respect the mana of people, we are tika and pono, we value whakapapa and we recognise that oranga is a journey.

About the role - Mō te tūnga

  • Hear tamariki and rangatahi voices and support them or their whānau to make positive changes
  • Work with various cultural groups and people from different backgrounds
  • Complete initial safety checks and assessments on the tamariki, rangatahi and whānau
  • Holding a hui; supporting whānau to grow their capacity to care for their tamariki and rangatahi
  • Be involved in planning interventions to maintain tamariki and rangatahi within their whānau
  • Work alongside partners in our community, non-government organisations and state sector agencies
  • Be an advocate on behalf of tamariki and rangatahi to ensure they have the support and resources needed to reach their full potential

What you will bring - Ngā pūmanawatanga ōu

  • A full, clean, current driver's licence
  • Full registration with New Zealand's Social Work Registration Board (SWRB)
  • A social worker qualification recognised by the SWRB
  • Empathy, patience and ability to see past what someone may be struggling with
  • Experience from the child protection sector
  • The ability to analyse and prepare social work and other plans e.g. financial
  • Sound judgement and organisational skills
  • The ability to manage risk and make tough decisions
  • Excellent verbal communication skills with the ability to adapt to your audience
  • Great written skills as you will need to write court reports, case notes and other documents
  • A positive outlook and supporting nature

What's in it for you - Nōu te rourou

We offer a vibrant and supportive team, flexible work options and a genuine commitment to wellbeing. We offer significant training and professional development so that you can thrive and grow. We welcome diversity and are committed to working in an inclusive and respectful way. This is your opportunity to apply your skills and experience to the wellbeing of Tamariki and Rangatahi.

How to apply - Me pēhea te tuku tono

Apply online with your CV and Cover Letter. If you are an Oranga Tamariki employee already, please ensure you register or login using your work email address.

For reporting and transparency, it is important that all applications are submitted through our careers site, please do not email through applications and/or CVs.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact

Applications close: Monday, 7 February 2022.

Oranga Tamariki is committed to developing a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace. We provide equal employment opportunities and welcome applications from everyone who can meet the requirements of the role. We also support flexible working arrangements.

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