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Social Worker, Permanent, Full time, Palmerston North

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Date: 11-May-2018

Location: Manawatu / Wanganui, NZ

Company: Ministry of Social Development

Social Worker, Permanent, Full time, Palmerston North



At Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children, we work with families and communities to help protect, support and care for children and young people.


We are currently looking for two permanent social workers to join our team.


Be part of Oranga Tamariki and help us ensure that all tamariki are in loving whānau and communities where oranga tamariki can be realised and join our Palmerston North team.


The role of Social Worker is varied and rewarding, and you'll be part of a supportive team who are instrumental in helping children, young people and their families to be safe, strong and thrive. Focus on the most at risk children and young people in New Zealand.


Using the latest strengths based practice tools and assessment frameworks; you will work hard to get quality outcomes for tamariki, rangitahi, whānau and the community. A big part of your day will be meeting with children and young people and ensuring their voices are heard, completing assessments, creating plans, participating in family group conferences and partnering with other agencies and the community to get the best outcomes. Your tenacity to overcome everyday barriers and ability to drive positive outcomes will put you in good stead for this challenging yet hugely rewarding role.


You can be part of a positive and supportive team and help children and young people be safe, strong and thrive. If you think you have what it takes, and are dedicated to achieving positive change for children, young people and their families in the community, then we want to hear from you.


We can offer you:

• a salary between $39,723 -$79,015 (commensurate with skills and experience)
• a challenging, fascinating and rewarding career
• on-going training and regular supervision
• commitment to the highest standards of strengths-based social work.


Preference is given to those who have:

• ability to quickly build rapport with tamariki and rangitahi
• great written and verbal communication skills
• resilient, motivated and driven character
• flexibility to work after hours duty roster
• good computer navigation and typing skills
• full clean valid driver's licence without conditions.

You must have a Social Work Qualification recognised by the New Zealand Social Work Registration Board (SWRB) or full registration with SWRB and a current Annual Practising Certificate (APC). 


Applications close:  04 June 2018

 How to apply:

Please apply online through the apply button with your CV and cover letter. Only online applications will be accepted.

Oranga Tamariki Employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work.  This will ensure your myHR employee profile will be recognised as internal.  Please ensure that you attach your CV and a cover letter.

For any further discussion about the position, contact Monica Miranda at

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