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Child Offender Case Manager

NZ Police
Job Category:
Social, welfare & community
Taranaki - New Plymouth
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

Child Offender Case Manager (Youth Worker)

 New Zealand Police

New Plymouth, Central District

Permanent, Full Time

Salary Range $52,993 - $71,694

Job Requisition ID 5481



By working for New Zealand Police you'll be joining thousands of others who are collectively working towards the shared mission of making New Zealand the safest country. There are a huge range of roles within New Zealand Police and an amazingly diverse group of people working within them. 


The purpose of this position is to work and support children/youth who are considered potentially vulnerable and at risk of becoming or are offending. This will involve working with the young person and their family/whanau to provide support across the breadth of social, community, education and health sectors.


This is an opportunity to provide a service to the Police and community to address and promote the reduction of child and youth offending within North Taranaki which is aligned to the New Zealand police 'Our Business Model' and contribute to reducing victimisation, reduction in reoffending by Maori and building trust and confidence within the community.


Skills & Behaviours - you will be able to:

  • Use a strengths-based approach when working with young people.
  • Demonstrate empathy while working with young people.
  • Demonstrate ability to work with professional staff in a multi-disciplinary setting.
  • Engage in group and / or individual professional clinical and cultural supervision.
  • Demonstrate resilience working through difficult situations.
  • Actively promote a pro social environment.
  • Practice ethically and maintain professional boundaries.
  • Demonstrate a high degree of consistency in behaviour at all times and act as a clear role model, generating confidence and commitment of others through his / her own ethical conduct.
  • Consistently exercise discretion and being able to earn the trust of young persons and other staff.
  • Have difficult conversations with young people and other professional staff.
  • Quickly establish rapport with family members and to work with the young person and their family / whanau to establish goals and find solutions.
  • Be physically fit and agile to participate in activities with young person.
  • Have a good sense of humour and be able to apply this appropriately in working with young people.
  • Have a personal history appropriate for a person employed to work with children and young people in a relationship of trust.


Knowledge & Experience - you must have:

  • Experience working one to one with at risk young people and their families.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of child and adolescent development, education, health and social providers provided by Government and non-Government agencies in the local community.
  • An ability to engage and work with Maori and Pacifica families, recognising cultural sensitivity and a commitment to the principles of equality, and an ability to influence positive change for all families.
  • Knowledge of, and establish links to, community networks and experience working in collaboration with community service providers, other Government departments, including work in cross cultural situations.
  • Knowledge of and interaction with adolescents with challenging behaviour issues.
  • An understanding of the statutory role and objectives of Oranga Tamariki Ministry of Vulnerable Children.
  • A commitment to ongoing professional development.
  • An understanding of intervention and treatment approaches to effect positive behavioural change in young people including any of the following: behavioural theories and/or cognitive behavioural theory and how they inform assessment and intervention; the multiple determinants that can influence young people's behaviour such as truanting and offending; and issues relating to mental health disorders, alcohol and substance abuse.


Core Competencies - you will demonstrate the following:

  • Partner - Individual Contributor Level
  • Solve - Individual Contributor Level
  • Deliver - Individual Contributor Level


For more information about the above Core Competencies, visit “Our Values” on our website to view our Core Competency Framework: How We Do Things.


Special Requirements:

  • Must have a recognised qualification in social work or other relevant discipline (or working towards one)
  • Must hold a current and clean Full New Zealand Driver's Licence
  • Must meet safety checking requirements under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014


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How to Apply

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Applications submitted directly through the Government Jobs website are no longer considered and will only be accepted when formally submitted through the New Zealand Police website (link provided above).


Please note, if you are an existing Police employee you must apply through our internal Careers site and include your QID number in your application.


If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact Sergeant MCGRATH by email at

Applications close at 5pm on Thursday 26 April 2018.

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