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Social Worker - Youth Justice

Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children
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Social, welfare & community
Nelson - Marlborough - Nelson
Nelson - Marlborough
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

Social Worker – Upper South Youth Justice located in Nelson



  • Have a direct and meaningful relationship with rangatahi supporting them to move beyond the criminal justice system
  • Join a high functioning team committed to getting the best outcomes for rangatahi
  • Be prepared to work within the care and protection space when home life for rangatahi becomes difficult


Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children works with the most at risk tamariki and rangatahi in New Zealand.  Oranga Tamariki works to advance the wellbeing and positive long-term outcomes of children and young people.   In everything we do, the wellbeing and best-interests of children are paramount.  The voices of tamariki and rangatahi underpin the design and operation of our services. 


Our Youth Justice Social Workers are the key people who work with  young people, their whānau, police, youth advocates and essential government and community support services when a young person has committed a serious offence. 


We are looking for an enthusiastic, qualified social worker who can build rapport with tamariki and rangatahi, complete thorough assessments and analyse evidence to get things right for rangatahi,   their whānau and the community. 


The Upper South Region of the South Island covers a large geographical area, and although this position is based in the Nelson office, team members accept that they are part of a team that provides services to the whole region and at times are expected to travel to those areas.


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.


We offer you:


  • A competitive market salary.
  • 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 within a values based Ministry where you will build and engage in a collaborative working style.






You will have:


  • Exceptional listening skills – hear what the child or young person has to say.
  • Proven ability to quickly build rapport with tamariki and rangatahi.
  • Well-developed critical thinking skills – 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 court reports).
  • 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.


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.


How to apply:


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.


For any further discussion about the position, contact Sally Mottram at


Applications close:  Sunday 30 September 2018.  #LI-ORG

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