Social Worker – Waikato Rural South/Te Awamutu

logo Oranga Tamariki 2018Do you want to make a genuine, positive impact on the lives of tamariki, rangatahi and whānau? Join a supportive team who has each other’s backs every step of the way by using the latest strengths-based tools and assessment frameworks in this Social Worker role at our Waikato Rural South/Te Awamutu site.

What you will do?

  • Work in either the initial assessment team or the full assessment intervention team
  • Be the first port of call when we get urgent crisis and unplanned calls
  • Work predominantly in triage and referrals we receive on a daily basis
  • Gather and collate information about the triage or referral to understand whether it’s Oranga Tamariki business or not
  • Decide what the next steps of the process will be and get in touch with the right people
  • Work alongside partners in our community, non-government organisations and state sector agencies
  • Make assessments regarding the safety and wellbeing of the tamariki and rangatahi
  • Refer to Family Group Conference, implement and monitor plans
  • Work with various cultural groups and people from different backgrounds
  • Become an expert and specialise in triage and referrals

What you will bring?

  • A tertiary social work qualification
  • A full, clean, valid driver’s licence
  • Registration with the Social Work Registration Board
  • Strong knowledge and experience of what Oranga Tamariki does and how we work
  • Resilience, initiative and a proactive approach
  • Empathy, patience and ability to see past what someone may be struggling with
  • Sound judgement, time management and organisational skills
  • The ability to manage risk and make tough decisions
  • Cultural awareness and confidence to back yourself
  • Flexibility with ability to adapt to change
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to adapt to your audience
  • Knowledge of Te Reo would be a plus
  • A positive outlook and supporting nature

What’s on offer?

  • A salary range between $56,100 – $102,000
  • Flexible work opportunities and compensation for overtime hours worked
  • A team who enjoy working hard and having fun and care for each other
  • Support to achieve your goals through tailored training and career development opportunities
  • Reimbursement for your annual practising fee
  • Access to a generous Southern Cross health plan and banking package with Westpac
  • Rewarding and challenging work that truly makes a difference to the community
  • Opportunities to work alongside various cultural groups, build your network and strengthen community relationships
  • A lovely new premise based in Te Awamutu covering the rural area below Hamilton

Who are we?

Our tamariki and rangatahi deserve to feel safe, have their voices heard and be surrounded by loving whānau. At Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children, we’re on a journey to ensure that it happens. We are a leading social work practice that is child-centred, trauma informed and effective for all cultures.

What team you will work with?

Our Waikato Rural South/Te Awamutu team are constantly raising the bar with the work they do together. Our site enjoys great community relationships and works hard to meet the safety and needs of tamariki within their whanau. Out site culture is based around whakamana te tamaiti, whakapapa and whanaungatanga. Our Social Workers have a great opportunity to work in an area of social work that they enjoy or would like to learn more about. All staff have the opportunity to develop or learn Te Reo along with any other relevant training to help you excel as a Social Worker.

How to apply?

Apply online with your CV, cover letter, copy of your social worker qualification and SWRB details.

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If you are an Oranga Tamariki employee already, please apply through your myHR portal.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Sravani Peddibhotla on

Hurry as applications close Friday, 15 January 2021.

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