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Social Worker - Oranga Tamariki


Northland, NZ

Social Worker, Care & Protection x4 – Te Kaipara, Northland


‘It takes a whole village to raise tamariki’. In Te Kaipara we believe, an entire community of people must actively support, promote and advance the mana of tamariki for those tamariki to experience and grow in a safe and healthy environment. We are open to the candidates based in Mangawhai and Te Kaipara regions.


We are offering a great sense of community and an unique opportunity for social workers to join our small whanau orientated team at Te Kaipara site - where you will be encouraged and supported to work effectively with Maori using the Te Toka Tumoana and Te Kauri frameworks which are built on the integrity and distinctness of Maori beliefs and practices, to advance tamariki ora within the context of our work. 


In these fast-paced roles, you will be expected to operate collectively with a team of social workers and other critical partners, inclusive of whanau hapu and iwi. Tamariki do not live in isolation; they sit at the centre of a whanau (and sometimes caregiving families). This role requires a passion to actively keep tamariki in the hearts and minds of everything we do. You will apply the principles of mana tamaiti, whakapapa and whanaungatanga to your practice, in order to ensure you are responsive to tamariki and whanau Maori.  It’s more than a job, its an opportunity to improve the lived experiences of tamariki and their caregiving communities. 


We recognise the importance of Kaimahi ora (staff wellbeing) and are committed to ensuring you receive regular supervision and take the necessary breaks needed to restore Oranga and wellbeing. 

What you will bring?
•    Cultural awareness and an understanding of Tikanga Maori principles 
•    A commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi
•    Full registration with New Zealand’s Social Work Registration Board (SWRB) or able to register
•    A social worker qualification recognised by the SWRB
•    A full, clean, valid driver’s licence
•    The ability to analyse and prepare social work and financial plans
•    Sound judgement skills
•    Strong organisational skills
•    The ability to manage risk and make tough decisions
•    Excellent verbal communication skills with the ability to adapt to your audience
•    Good written skills as you will need to write court reports and case notes
•    A positive outlook and supporting nature

What you will do?
•    Hear tamariki and rangatahi voices and support them or their whānau to make positive changes
•    Work alongside various cultural groups and people from different backgrounds
•    Complete initial safety checks and assessments on the child, young person and family
•    Be involved in planning what social work to maintain tamariki and rangatahi within their whānau is required to be delivered
•    Work alongside partners in our community, non-government organisations and state sector agencies
•    Transition children and young people back to their families or into their forever home
•    Be an advocate on behalf of tamariki to ensure they have the support and resources needed to reach their full potential

What’s on offer?

•    A salary range between $55,000 - $100,000
•    Flexible work opportunities and full compensation for any overtime hours worked
•    A great, respectful team environment who celebrate each other’s successes
•    Reimbursement for your annual practicing fee
•    Access to a generous Southern Cross health plan and banking package with Westpac
•    Rewarding and challenging work that truly makes a difference to the community
•    Opportunities to work alongside various cultural groups, build your network and strengthen community relationships
Who are we?
Our tamariki and rangatahi deserve to feel safe, have their voices heard and be surrounded by loving whānau. At Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children, we’re on a journey to ensure that it happens. We are a leading social work practice that is child-centred, trauma informed and effective for all cultures.


How to apply?
Apply online with your CV, cover letter, copy of your social worker qualification and SWRB details.  If you are an Oranga Tamariki employee, please apply through your myHR portal. 

If you have any queries, please contact Sravani Peddibhotla on #LI-ORG
Hurry as applications close the 7 October 2020


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 - 

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