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Social Worker Caregiver

Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children
Job Category:
Community Services
Canterbury - Christchurch
Job Type:
Fixed Term Contract
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Job Description

Caregiver Social Worker - 12 month fixed term

  • Join a supportive team environment committed to change
  • Are you passionate about helping our Tamariki and young people?
  • A value based role where you can provide direct & meaningful support

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


We are looking for a passionate Care social worker where you will utilise the latest strengths based practice tools and assessment frameworks to get quality outcomes for tamariki, rangitahi, whanau and the community.


You would be part of the non kin care team based in Christchurch.This is a full time fixed term contract for one year. 


Your day could involve you in training and assessment of caregivers.  You would also provide oversight and support to our Family Home caregivers.  You will be involved in developing our homes, with a focus on working with young people transitioning to independence. 


Getting the best for our at most risk 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
  • A proactive plan around professional development and regular supervision
  • a bi-cultural practice approach with the opportunity to work across various community partners and stakeholders
  • the opportunity to work in a passionate and rewarding role where lives are changed
  • To work within a value based Ministry where you will build and engage in a collaborative working style


You will have: 

  • Exceptional listening skills
  • proven ability to quickly build rapport with Tamariki and Rangatahi
  • critical thinking – you know how to gather information and make good evidence based decisions
  • A high degree of both verbal and written 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 with a positive “can do” attitude
  • flexibility to work  afterhours  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.
  • The knowledge and experience of community and social work best practices to provide advice and contribute to the development of policy and services.


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.


This role will offer the right candidate the ability to work in a Ministry committed to professionalism, innovation and the ability to find creative solutions to challenges in a role where no two days are the same!


If you are looking for the next challenge where accountability, integrity, courage, respect for self and others, and striving for excellence are important in your day to day job, then we would like to hear from you.


How to apply: 

Please apply online with your CV and cover letter. Only online applications will be accepted.  Your cover letter is an important part of our shortlisting process. 


Internal Oranga Tamariki Employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work.  This will ensure that your myHR employee profile is visible as internal candidate.


All external applicants including Ministry of Social Development employees please apply through the apply button and upload your CV and cover letter to our applicant tracking system. Please note all applications must be made online.


For any further discussion about the position, contact Nicola Hastie at


Applications close:  2nd August 2018. #LI-ORG


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