Senior Social Worker in Schools, Porirua

Are you looking to make a difference?

About Us 

Family Works is one of the largest NGOs providing integrated social services for the whole community. Family Works provides a range of services to families and communities including needs assessments, social work, counselling and therapy and a range of life-skills and parenting courses.

Social Workers in Schools is an early intervention and preventative social work service based in the school environment. We are looking for a social worker with experience and interest in working with a diverse range of cultures. A key part of the role requires experience and skills in developing group work and facilitating a range of needs based preventative programmes.

About the Role

This is a permanent, full time (40 hours per week) role based in Porirua. It involves the provision of Social Work, group work and related services to children, families and Whānau.

Working with three schools in the community, you will work closely with the Principals to ensure that all children are safe, happy and healthy. As the Senior SWIS, you will also support the Team Leader.

About You

We are looking for a very experienced Social Worker with experience in various areas of Social Work, including working with children and their whānau.

You will be an empathetic person with a passion for helping children and whānau. Your approach to your work will be with kindness, logic and above all, the drive to do right by the child.

You will also:

  • Have at least 5 years’ experience in Social Work.
  • A qualified and registered Social Worker (SWRB registered or eligible for registration).
  • Support Team Leader with recruitment of new team members.
  • Lead the completion of MSD reporting.
  • Be responsible for training and mentoring new staff members and shadowing each other’s work.
  • Mentor, support and supervise student social workers.
  • Step up to support the Team Leader during busy periods of work.


How to Apply

To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter via 

If you would like further information, please contact Robern Austin on 029 771 3441 or get in touch at

Only those with the legal right to work in NZ may apply.

Candidates should expect to undergo police vetting for these roles and Family Works may need to contact our key stakeholders such as Ministry of Social Development or Ministry of Justice to ensure that there is no conflict of interest between the candidate and the organisation.

Applications close: 31 March 2020