Social Worker – Child and Family Safety Service, Canterbury


  • Fixed-term, part-time opportunity (16hrs per week/0.4FTE) until approximately June 2022
  • Work collaboratively with external agencies to ensure the support of families who are at risk of violence
  • Current Annual Practising Certificate and registration with the NZ Social Workers Board is essential

Our Purpose: Why we do it

When you work with the Canterbury District Health Board, you’re part of something very special. We plan, fund and deliver health services to the almost 600,000 people thata live in the Canterbury region. Our primary goal is to put people at the heart of everything we do.

The Team: What we do

Our Child and Family Safety Service based at Hillmorton Hospital co-ordinates and guides Specialist Mental Health’s response to family violence and child protection issues, fostering consistent practise throughout our Specialist Mental Health Service to promote early intervention, safety in families, and close working relationships with relevant stakeholders.

We have a fixed-term, part-time opportunity working 16hrs per week (0.4FTE) until approximately June 2022 for an experienced Social Worker with a current Annual Practising Certificate. You will be part of a small team which works closely with agencies such as Oranga Tamariki, NZ Police, Corrections and Non-Government Agencies in providing information to support families who are at risk of violence.

The days and hours are to be negotiated (working 16hrs across two days) with the possibility of some rostered weekend work required.

This position will be based at Hillmorton Hospital with required travel within Canterbury to attend meetings.

The Role: Where you fit in

In this role, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Coordination of the Specialist Mental Health Family Safety Programme through providing consultation and advise to staff, attending and facilitating meetings, delivering staff training and undertaking reporting and auditing of the programme
  • Maintaining databases to ensure accurate documentation of family safety work
  • Working closely and collaboratively with Oranga Tamariki, NZ Police, Corrections and Non-Government Agencies
  • The development and delivering of training plans for staff
  • Participating in service development and quality assurance initiatives/processes
  • Ensuring the provision of a professional and culturally safe service

Your skills will include the following:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build and nurture relationships with external agencies
  • Effective facilitation skills
  • Sound computer skills with the ability to learn new systems quickly
  • Experience as a mental health clinician is essential (two years)
  • Relevant care and protection or family violence experience is advantageous

Current Annual Practising Certificate and Registration with the NZ Social Workers Board is essential.

Our Culture: What matters to us

Ko ngā tāngata, te mātua mahi
Putting people at the heart of all we do

Health is ultimately all about people. What’s important around here is the way we care for and respect others, the responsibility taken for delivering outcomes, and going about our work with integrity.

Belonging Here: Becoming part of our story

Being part of the Canterbury District Health Board, you will enjoy a fantastic benefits scheme, the opportunity for flexible working arrangements and ongoing focus on your career development.

The Canterbury DHB believes that diversity and inclusion is key to ensure we deliver the best care for our diverse population. The Canterbury DHB is an inclusive and equal opportunity employer that welcomes and respects everyone.

If this role has sparked your interest but does not match your skills then please visit our careers website and have a look at our roles that better suit your expertise.

If you are interested in this role please apply directly on our career site.

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Applications close 3 October 2020.