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Social Worker

Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children
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Social, welfare & community
Northland - Whangarei
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Job Description

Social Worker, Fixed Term


Social Worker – Te Tai Tokerau Tautahere Site, Whangarei

•        12 months fixed-term/secondment

•        Full time

•        Focus on the children and young people in NZ


The wellbeing of tamariki is everyone's responsibility. They deserve to feel safe, have their voices heard and be surrounded by loving whānau and community.


If these words capture why you became a Social Worker, then you belong on the journey we've just begun at Oranga Tamariki. We're looking for qualified and registered social workers who want to make a difference by putting children at the heart of everything they do.


Come and join our child protection team. We are open to applications from new social work graduates and experienced practitioners.


We are looking for you to come and help us deliver better outcomes for tamariki and rangatahi.  As part of our team you will spend your day meeting with children and young people, listening to what they have to say, completing assessments, creating plans, participating in hui-a-whānau, family group conferences and partnering with other agencies, community groups and iwi to improve lives.


Getting the best for children and young people is not an easy job, but when you see the positive difference you can make – it is worth it.



Benefits and rewards:

•        competitive market salary

•        a challenging, fascinating and rewarding career

•        on-going training and regular supervision

•        a bi-cultural practice approach

•        the opportunity to change lives.



The skills and attributes we look for include:

•        listening skills – hear what the child or young person has to say

•        proven ability to quickly build rapport with tamariki and rangatahi

•        critical thinking – you know how to gather information and make good evidence based decisions

•        great written and verbal 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

•        flexibility to work an afterhours duty roster 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.


Preference is given to those who have provisional or 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.

We welcome your interest. Please apply online with your CV and cover letter through our careers portal. In your cover letter please address the accountabilities in the position description.


For further information with regards to the role please email Kylie at


Please note: If you currently work for Oranga Tamariki you will need to apply through your myHR careers portal at work.


Applications close: 28th October 2018.




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