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Practice Advisor - Caregiver Recruitment and Support

Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children
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Community Services
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

Practice Advisor – Caregiver Recruitment and Support 


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 also work with young people who may have offended, or are likely to offend.  Our belief is that in the right environment, with the right people surrounding and nurturing them, any child can, and should flourish.


We are responsible for providing stable loving homes for tamariki.   We embrace the principles of mana tamaiti, whakapapa and whanaungatanga.  We put caregivers at the centre of everything we do.  We are entirely committed to delivering excellence in the caregiver journey.


The role of the Practice Advisor is responsible for providing practice guidance and professional oversight of the caregiver recruitment and support service as well as building the capability of practitioners. 


The Practice Advisor 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 Caregiver Recruitment and Support Team with high quality and consistent professional practice advice that supports practitioners and Managers to achieve good outcomes for children and young people.  The role provides leadership and direction to build professional practice capability across the Caregiver Recruitment and Support Services Team and ensures 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; monitoring international and national trends in research.



Position Description 


The skills and attributes we are seeking 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 Care of Children Act 2004, Oranga Tamariki Act 1989 and other legislation underpinning Oranga Tamariki activity

•        social work experience including front line practice and knowledge – adoption and care and protection – minimum 5 years

•        experience in championing quality practice and providing advice and support

•        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.


Benefits and rewards:

•        a challenging, and rewarding leadership role

•        on-going training

•        competitive market salary.


Need more information?

Please access the position description above, or email Avinder at


If you are ready to challenge yourself and others 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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