Social Worker Youth Justice – Waikato

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  • Make a genuine, positive impact on the lives of rangatahi and whānau
  • Join a supportive team who celebrates each other’s successes
  • Use the latest strengths-based tools and assessment frameworks

What’s on offer?

  • A salary range between $54,746 – $91,606.
  • Flexible work opportunities and compensation for overtime hours worked.
  • A close-knit team who builds on each other’s strengths.
  • Support to achieve your goals through tailored training and career development opportunities.
  • Reimbursement for your annual practicing 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.

What you will do?

  • Early intervention with high needs young people aged between 10-18 years old.
  • Hear our rangatahi’s voices and support them or their whānau to make positive changes.
  • Work with various cultural groups and people from different backgrounds.
  • Complete assessments on the young person and family to understand what the needs are and what behaviours are happening in order to make a call on next steps.
  • Be involved in planning what social work to maintain rangatahi within their whānau is required to be delivered.
  • Work with key stakeholders such as the Youth and Family Court, Te Kooti Rangatahi and the Police Youth Advocate.
  • Assist as and where you can with the young person’s behavioural issues and understand what triggered it.
  • Work closely with the Police when supporting rangatahi who are victims of abuse.
  • Be an advocate on behalf of rangatahi to ensure they have the support and resources needed to reach their full potential.
  • Transition rangatahi back to their whānau or iwi.

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?

Every day in our Hamilton office is different; it’s busy because we’re all striving to do the right thing for our rangatahi and their whānau. We work together as one knowing that even the smallest of victories and change we see in our young people can make the world of difference. It’s what gets us out of bed in the morning. We also enjoy harbour trips and team days at the beach where we can relax, laugh and celebrate what we are accomplishing together as a team.

What you will bring?

  • A tertiary social work qualification.
  • A full, clean, valid driver’s licence.
  • Registration with the Social Work Registration Board or able to register.
  • Resilience, initiative and a proactive approach.
  • Empathy, patience and ability to see past what someone may be struggling with.
  • Experience working with rangatahi and whānau would be a plus.
  • The ability to analyse and prepare social work and financial plans.
  • Sound judgement and organisational skills.
  • The ability to manage risk and make tough decisions.
  • Life experience and understanding on what rangatahi may be going through.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills with the ability to adapt to your audience.
  • Good written skills as you will need to write court reports and case notes.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office Suite.
  • A positive outlook and supporting nature.

How to apply?

Apply online with your CV, cover letter, copy of your social worker qualification and SWRB details. If you are an Oranga Tamariki employee already, please apply through your myHR portal. This will ensure your application is received internally.

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If you have any queries, please contact Terri Telford at

Hurry as applications close on the 28th of May 2019.

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