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Date: 06-Feb-2018

Location: Bay of Plenty, NZ

Company: Ministry of Social Development

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Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki

Qualified or Registered Social Workers – Whakatane

Permanent, Full Time


We are a new Ministry with a commitment to putting vulnerable children and young people at the heart of everything we do and say.


Come and join our child protection team. We are open to applications from new social work graduates and experienced practitioners.


We are looking for you to come and help us deliver better outcomes for vulnerable tamariki and rangatahi.  As part of our team you will spend your day meeting with children and young people, listening to what they have to say, completing assessments, creating plans, participating in hui-a-whanau, family group conferences and partnering with other agencies, community groups and iwi to improve lives.


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


We offer you:


  • a salary range between $46,867 to $79,015 (based on your skills and experience)
  • a challenging, fascinating and rewarding career
  • on-going training and regular supervision
  • a bi-cultural practice approach
  • the opportunity to change lives.


You will have:


  • listening skills – hear what the child or young person has to say
  • proven ability to quickly build rapport with Tamariki and Rangatahi
  • critical thinking – you know how to gather information and make good evidence based decisions
  • great written and verbal communication skills (you will need to write court reports)
  • a commitment to bi-cultural practice and a culturally responsive approach (a good understanding of Tikanga Maori is essential)
  • resilient, motivated and caring nature
  • flexibility to work an afterhours duty roster as required
  • good computer navigation and typing skills
  • full clean valid driver's licence
  • New Zealand Citizenship or Permanent Resident status at the time of application.


Preference is given to those who have provisional or full registration with the New Zealand Social Work Registration Board. If you have lodged your registration with the board and are waiting to hear back – please tell us in your application.


We welcome your interest. Please apply online with your CV and cover letter through your myHR careers portal at work so your application connects to your employee record.  


Applications close: 23 February 2018



For a further discussion about the role contact Melissa (Site Manager) on (07) 922 4060.

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