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Practice Advisor Adoption Service

Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children
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Job Description

Practice Advisor Adoption Service



Permanent, Full-Time

Location: Dependant on the location of the successful applicant


Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children is dedicated to supporting any child in New Zealand whose wellbeing is at significant risk of harm now, or in the future.  We work with young people who may have offended, or are likely to offend.   We also provide services to birth mothers, adopted people, adoptive applicants and children who are in need of an adoption.  We are responsible for supporting Oranga Tamariki to provide safe stable loving homes for tamariki.   We embrace the principles of mana tamaiti, whakapapa and whāanaungatanga.  Our belief is that in the right environment, with the right people surrounding and nurturing them, any child can, and should flourish.


The role of the Practice Advisor Adoption is responsible for providing practice guidance and professional oversight of the adoption service as well as building the capability of practitioners in the adoption service.  The role is also responsible to providing practice advice on international casework matters.


The Practice Advisor Adoption is a key role and a critical quality practice link for Oranga Tamariki, integral to strengthening practice across regional and national levels.  Linking into the Office of the Chief Social Worker – Director Professional Practice team, this role will provide the Care Support Team with high quality and consistent professional practice advice that supports practitioners and Managers to achieve good outcomes for children who cross borders, birth parents, adoptive applicants, adults for whom adoption has been a feature of their life and children who are in need of an adoption.


The role provides leadership and direction to build professional practice capability across the Adoption team and provides a pivotal link to the regional team leaders and their team making sure quality practice is a continuous focus for the whole organisation.  This includes leading the development and implementation of new practices and ways of working across Oranga Tamariki; promoting quality practice, continuous improvement and learning in social work and professional practice; and staying abreast of international and national developments and trends relating to practice.


The Practice Advisor will also assists with advice on complex cases involving adoption and international casework.





Position Description



Benefits and rewards:        

•        a challenging, and rewarding leadership role, using your transferrable skills and expertise

•        the opportunity to work in a challenging and complex area of practice

•        a competitive market salary.



The skills and attributes we look for include:

•        a relevant tertiary qualification in social work is mandatory

•        current Annual Practice Certificate or evidence that you are working towards registration with the Social Work Registration Board

•        in depth working knowledge and experience of the Adoption Act 1955, Adult Adoption Information Act 1985, the Adoption (Intercountry) Act 1997, the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989, the Care of Children Act 2004 and other legislation underpinning Oranga Tamariki activity

•        social work experience including front line practice and knowledge – adoption,  care and protection and international casework

•        experience in championing quality practice and providing advice and support on complex cases

•        experience in leading reviews of practice and advising professional staff of approach in complex cases

•        the ability to form connections and engagement to influence

•        excellent written and verbal presentation skills

•        understanding and appreciation of cross cultural issues and concerns, in particular, knowledge of tikanga Māori, and Pacific peoples' culture

•        the ability to navigate a fluid environment, work with ambiguity, and deliver high quality outcomes to deadlines and budgets

•        a clean, current driver's licence is essential and a willingness to drive the Ministry's vehicles and undertake some travel.


Need more information?

Please access the position description above, or email Paula at


If you are ready to challenge yourself in a leadership role that will make a difference to our community then apply online with your CV and Cover Letter.


For internal Oranga Tamariki employees please apply online through your MyHR careers portal at work.  Kindly upload a current CV and Cover Letter as part of your application.


Only applications made online will be accepted.


Applications close: 26th October 2018

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