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Social Worker - Grymouth

Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children
Job Category:
Community Services
West Coast - Greymouth
West Coast
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

Caregiver Social Worker - Greymouth

  • Promote the protection and wellbeing of children and young people
  • Specialised role, focusing on Family Homes and children in care
  • Greymouth based


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


Our family homes are places of safety.  Children and young people can get on with life while we work with families to find a permanent loving home.  Your role will be to support carers in providing nurturing, safe and stable homes for children and young people.


This is a permanent position based at our Greymouth Site; however we are open to discussing part time opportunities also.  If you been thinking lately about a more relaxed lifestyle with a community-focused atmosphere.  This could be the opportunity for you.  If you would like to take advantage of the outdoors, this is definitely the place to be, the coastline and bush is on your doorstep.  As the perfect base, some of the most amazing regional destinations are within a few hours' drive in any direction.


You'll focus on building and maintaining our caregiver pool to provide the very best of care to children and young people.  This role requires excellent assessment skills, and the ability to train carers. Supporting caregivers and collaborating with the child's social worker will be a focus of the role. You'll also be working with other social services, agencies and providers to ensure the needs of the child or young person and their family are fully met.


Our team works from a strengths based perspective and we are fully committed to achieving positive change for the children, young people and their families in this community.  We receive regular training and supervision, support each other and have a sense of humour.


We can offer you:

  • A competitive market salary.
  • A challenging, fascinating and rewarding career.
  • On-going training and regular supervision.
  • Colleagues who are committed to the highest standards of strengths-based social work.


 You will need:

  • Exceptional listening skills – hear what the caregivers have to say.
  • Proven ability to quickly build rapport with caregivers, tamariki and rangatahi.
  • Critical thinking – you know how to gather information and make good evidence based decisions.
  • Strong communication skills (you will need to write succinct, factual and audience appropriate assessments and deliver training to caregivers).
  • A commitment to bi-cultural practice and a culturally responsive approach (a good understanding of Tikanga Māori is essential).
  • Resilience, a motivated and caring nature with a positive “can do” attitude.
  • Flexibility to work an afterhours duty roster as required.
  • Good computer navigation and typing skills.
  • A full clean valid driver licence as travel across the area will be required.


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).


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 every day is different.


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.


For any further discussion about the position, contact Sonia Fairie at


How to apply:


Internal Oranga Tamariki employeesplease 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.


Applications close:    Thursday 27 September 2018 #LI-ORG



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