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Social Worker Youth Justice - Permanent - Whanganui

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Date: 28-Feb-2018

Location: Manawatu / Wanganui, NZ

Company: Ministry of Social Development

Social Worker Youth Justice - Permanent – Whanganui


About us


We are a new Ministry with a commitment to putting vulnerable children and young people at the heart of everything we do and say.  Our Youth Justice Social Workers are the key people who bring together young people, their whanau, victims, police, youth advocates and essential support services when a young person has committed a serious offence.  


We are looking for a qualified social worker who can build rapport with children and young people, complete thorough assessments and analyse evidence to get things right for children and their whanau.


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.


In return we can offer you:


  • a salary between $ 39,723 to $ 72,301 (commensurate with skills and experience)
  • a challenging, fascinating and rewarding career
  • on-going training and regular supervision


Preference is given to those who have:


  • the ability to connect with youth and quickly build rapport
  • strong communication skills (you will need to write succinct, factual and audience appropriate court reports)
  • resilient, motivated and driven character
  • experience working with young people
  • flexibility to work after hours duty roster
  • strong computer literacy (typing and web navigation)
  • full clean valid NZ driver's licence without conditions.


You must have a Social Work Qualification that is recognised by the New Zealand Social Work Registration Board (SWRB) or have full SWRB registration and current annual practising certificate (APC).

How to apply


Current MVCOT Employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work.  This will ensure your myHR employee profile is recognised as ‘internal’.


External (all other) Candidates including MSD employees – please apply using the ‘apply’ button and upload your CV and cover letter.


Your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the competencies listed in the position description. 


For any further discussion about the role contact Marie Martin (Supervisor) at


Applications close:   Sunday 25 March 2018

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