Graduate Social Worker

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    negotiable / month
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    4 months ago
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  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
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  • Location: Waikato
  • Date Advertised: 05-FEB-21
  • Job Reference: NZ/1511286
  • Job Title: Graduate Social Worker
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Waikato Rural North, Waikato Rural South, Hamilton North, Hamilton South and Hauraki sites.

Are you a recent social work graduate looking for their first opportunity to work within the social services space? Do you want to make a genuine, positive impact on the lives of tamariki, rangatahi and whānau? Then look no further, Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children have got you covered with this great opportunity!

About us – mō mātou

Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children has a commitment to putting tamariki and rangatahi at the heart of what we do. In our work, we aim to demonstrate these values:

  • We put Tamariki first
  • We believe Aroha is vital
  • We respect the Mana of people
  • We are Tika and Pono
  • We value Whakapapa
  • We recognise that Oranga is a journey

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

About the role – mō te tūnga

In this role, you will be part of making a difference to the lives of our children, young people and their family by:

  • Co-working (building up to key working) cases with tamariki or rangatahi to hear their voices and support them and their whānau to make positive changes
  • Working alongside various cultural groups and people from different backgrounds
  • Complete initial safety checks and assessments on the child, young person and their family
  • Being involved in planning interventions to be delivered to maintain wellbeing of tamariki and rangatahi
  • Working alongside partners in our community, non-government organisations and state sector agencies
  • Transitioning children and young people back to their families or into their forever home
  • Being an advocate on behalf of tamariki and rangatahi to ensure they have the support and resources needed to reach their full potential

We are looking for candidates that demonstrate the following:

  • A full, clean, valid New Zealand driver’s licence
  • Provisional registration with New Zealand’s Social Work Registration Board (SWRB)
  • A social worker qualification recognised by the SWRB
  • Eagerness to learn, be proactive and demonstrate tika and pono
  • Good written skills as you will need to write court reports and case notes
  • Sound judgement and organisational skills
  • Excellent verbal communication skills with the ability to adapt to your audience
  • Empathy, patience and ability to see past what someone may be struggling with
  • A positive outlook and supportive nature

What we offer – tāu e tuku nei

  • A salary of $55,000 – $60,000 depending on experience
  • Payment of your provisional registration and Practicing Certificate fees with the SWRB
  • Regular learning forums about our core fundamental social work processes and practice
  • A great, supportive team environment
  • Flexible work opportunities
  • A chance to have your say on how we continue to make our grad programme the best it can possibly be
  • 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

How to apply - me pēhea te tuku tono

Apply online with your CV. If you are an Oranga Tamariki employee already, please apply through your myHR portal. For reporting and transparency, it is important that all applications are submitted through our careers site, please do not email through applications and/or CVs. If you have any questions about the role, please contact Alahna Walker at

Hurry as applications close on Friday, 5 of March 2021.