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Social Worker Caregiver - Oranga Tamariki

Date:  22-Feb-2021

Bay of Plenty, NZ

Caregiver Social Worker, Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children

Caregiver Recruitment and Support Team, Whakatane

Permanent, Full Time

•    Specialised role - focusing on recruiting, assessing and supporting caregivers to provide the best possible care for the tamariki and rangatahi in their care

The role of a Caregiver Social Worker is varied and rewarding. The needs of caregivers are being bought to the forefront of practice in recognition of the important role they play in the lives of tamariki who cannot live safely at home.  You will ensure our caregivers understand their part in a child’s journey through care, are prepared with the skills and information they need to care and are supported to provide nurturing, safe and stable homes for tamariki. Your work will include supporting whanau and non-whanau caregivers, emergency and respite caregivers, and long-term caregivers.


Collaborating with the child's Social Worker will be a key component of the role as you work together to provide great outcomes for tamariki who need caring for. You'll also be working with other agencies and providers to ensure the needs of our caregivers are met.


Our team works from a strengths-based perspective and we are fully committed to achieving positive change for the tamariki, whanau and caregivers. You will receive a full induction into the role, regular training and supervision, and the support of a strong peer and leadership group. This role requires excellent assessment, communication and problem-solving skills, and the ability to work with caregivers from all walks of life who have varied motivations for providing care. Supporting and valuing caregivers is paramount, and you will put caregivers at the centre of everything you do.


We are looking for candidates that demonstrate the following:
•    A recognised Social Work qualification by the Social Worker Registration Board (SWRB)
•    Registration with New Zealand's Social Worker Registration Board
•    Demonstrated resilience, critical thinking and problem-solving techniques
•    Upholding the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and demonstrating this in practice
•    Having a good understanding of section 7(AA) of The Oranga Tamariki Act
•    Passion and vision for caregivers and what they need to succeed
•    Excellent relationship management skills
•    Well-developed written and verbal communication skills 
•    Willing to work between Oranga Tamariki sites and across the Bay of Plenty region
•    A valid and clean New Zealand's driver's licence 

We can offer you:

•    A challenging, fascinating and rewarding career
•    Colleagues who are committed to the highest standards of strengths-based social work
•    On-going training and regular supervision to support you in achieving your personal and professional goals
•    Colleagues who are committed to the highest standards of strengths-based social work


If you think you have what it takes and are dedicated to providing the highest level of support for caregivers, then we want to hear from you.

How to apply: 
Apply online with your CV, cover letter, copy of your social worker qualification and SWRB details. 


Internal Oranga Tamariki employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work. 

If you have any questions about the role please contact Roxana Anderson,


Applications close on 9th March 2021


Please do not apply for this vacancy if you are not registered with the Social Work Registration Board (SWRB). Instead please follow the below links to be considered accordingly:
•    If you are a student studying social work or a social work graduate, please apply here -

•    If you are an experienced social worker who hasn’t registered or is waiting to hear back regarding their application for registration, please apply here -