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Social Worker - Timaru

Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children
Job Category:
Community Services
Canterbury - Timaru
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Social Worker – Timaru 

  • Get involved with children early on to help them grow up safe and happy.
  • Work in a close supportive team who share the same values.


If you genuinely want to make a real positive impact on children's lives, you'll be glad to know that at Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children, they always come first.


About us:

Putting children first guides everything we do at Oranga Tamariki. Along with that, we value fairness and sincerity. We treat whānau with respect and we think long-term. We believe that by getting involved early in their lives and showing love and care, we give children the best chance of growing into happy thriving New Zealanders. We work alongside our community partners to bring about positive outcomes for our children, young people and their whānau.


We are looking for passionate social workers where you will utilise the latest strengths-based practice tools and assessment frameworks to get quality outcomes for tamariki, rangatahi, whānau and the community to join our team in Timaru.


A big part of your day will be meeting with children and young people and ensuring their voices are heard. You will be completing assessments, creating plans, participating in family group conferences and partnering with other agencies and the community to get the best outcomes.  Of key importance in this role will be your tenacity to overcome everyday barriers and ability to drive positive outcomes, which will put you in good stead for this challenging, yet hugely rewarding role.


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


We can offer you:

  • A salary range between $54,746.80 - $91,606.
  • A challenging, fascinating and rewarding career.
  • A proactive plan around professional development and regular supervision.
  • The opportunity to work in a passionate and rewarding role where lives are changed.
  • A bi-cultural practice approach with the opportunity to work across various community partners and stakeholders.


You will have:

  • Exceptional listening skills –able to hear what the child or young person has to say.
  • The opportunity to work in a passionate and rewarding role where lives are changed.
  • Proven ability to quickly build rapport with tamariki and rangatahi.
  • Well-developed critical thinking – you know how to gather information and make good evidence based decisions.
  • A high degree of both verbal and written communication skills as you will need to write court reports.
  • A commitment to bi-cultural practice and a culturally responsive approach (a good understanding of Tikanga Māori is essential).
  • Resilience and a caring nature with a positive “can do” attitude.
  • The flexibility to work an afterhours duty roster as required.


We require:

  • A social work qualification recognised by the New Zealand SWRB or full registration with SWRB and ability to obtain an APC.
  • A full, clean, valid driver licence.


If you genuinely care about providing children with the aroha and support they need early on in life and seeing the difference your work makes to our tamariki and rangatahi, apply now!


If you have any questions about the role, please contact Mary Lambert on   We look forward to hearing 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 an internal candidate.


All external applicants - please apply through the apply button and upload your CV and cover letter to our applicant tracking system.


Applications close:   Friday 4 January 2019 #LI-ORG



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