Child Protection Coordinator, Social Worker – Te Puaruruhau, Auckland DHB


ADHB Starship

  • Are you an experienced Social Worker looking for your next challenge? 
  • Permanent, Full-time role (40 hours per week)

Te Puaruruhau is an internationally-recognised centre of excellence in multi-disciplinary child protection practice. We work across multiple directorates within the Auckland District Health Board to provide advice, support and clinical intervention for suspected child abuse and neglect, and provide a regional and national resource in practice, policy, research and teaching.

We are looking for an experienced Social Worker to join the team as a Child Protection Coordinator to support the maintenance and development of effective and integrated systems for child protection across the Auckland DHB and the greater Auckland region. Drawing on your best practice knowledge, together with Te Puaruruhau, Puawaitahi, Auckland DHB social work leadership and colleagues from multiple professional disciplines, you will work with directorates across ADHB to assist in developing their service vision and future plans in order to support a safe and collaborative response to at-risk children, young people, pregnant women and their families.

Inclusive of the Auckland DHB Violence Intervention Programme team and “Power to Protect” (the National Shaken Baby Prevention Program), we are co-located with the Police and Oranga Tamariki in Puawaitahi – a unique multi-agency Child Advocacy Centre established to address the needs of New Zealand’s most vulnerable children, young people and their families. If successful in this role you too would be based here located on Grafton Road, Auckland City!

This is an exciting opportunity to move beyond case work to support system change!

In this role you will:

  • maintain and develop organisational policies and guidelines
  • assist with the coordination of health services to identify and respond effectively to child protection concerns
  • audit practice to describe progress and to identify areas of improvement
  • provide recommendations for quality improvement along with general advice to clinicians and the management team

To be successful, you will hold a relevant Social Work tertiary qualification, a current Annual Practicing Certificate and have membership to the ANZASW. Ideally, you will have a proven track-record in leadership, quality improvement, management of projects and system change. You will be committed, enthusiastic and use your initiative to train and inspire those in your team.

To view a full job description, please click here

To speak with someone from the service around this exciting role, please contact Dr Patrick Kelly – Service Clinical Director, Te Puaruruhau on

If you are ready to apply today, please submit your CV & cover letter through our careers website – outlining your motivation towards this role. Reference job number: GRA00016.

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For assistance with your online application please contact Recruitment Consultant, Kimiora Nathan on

Applications close: 30 June 2019.


We are a values based and inclusive organisation that is committed to deliver the best health outcomes for our total population. To do this we are working hard to develop a robust and capable workforce that reflects the population we serve. We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds with the necessary capability and who share our values to apply and would greatly value seeing more applicants from our Māori & Pacific communities. Our organisation values diversity, inclusivity and empathy, if you do too, apply now and join us to make a positive difference and to “do your life’s best work” at
Auckland DHB

Auckland DHB is committed to the application of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 and its intent to improve the safety of all children. This position is a Core Children’s Worker as defi