Social Worker Youth Justice

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    negotiable / month
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    2 months ago
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  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
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  • Location: Nelson – Marlborough
  • Date Advertised: 01-FEB-21
  • Job Reference: NZ/1509974
  • Job Title: Social Worker Youth Justice
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Full-time, permanent, Blenheim-Upper South

Join our high functioning team committed to getting the best outcomes for rangatahi and tamariki through a variety of preventative measures.

If you want direct and meaningful relationship with tamariki and rangatahi, supporting them to move beyond the criminal justice system, then apply to become part of this team.

Although the position is based primarily in Blenheim/Marlborough region the successful candidate may be expected to support and cover for their colleagues throughout the Upper South.

Blenheim is well known as the centre of the New Zealand wine industry. It enjoys one of New Zealand’s sunniest climates, with warm, relatively dry summers and cool crisp winters.

About us

Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for children work with the most at risk tamariki and rangatahi in New Zealand. Oranga Tamariki works to advance the wellbeing and positive long-term outcomes of children and young people. In everything we do, the wellbeing and best-interests of children are paramount. The voices of tamariki and rangatahi underpin the design and operation of our services

Our Youth Justice Social Workers are the key people who work with young people, the Youth Justice Team encompasses our Māori and Iwi partners as well as a range of other agencies both government and non-government who work together to address the needs of Rangatahi and their whanau.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, qualified Social Worker who can help us by positively influencing rangatahi to accept responsibility and to change their behaviours. You will be someone who can ensure their voices are heard and empower whānau to engage in family group conferences and court proceedings. Part of your role to achieve these outcomes will be by completing assessments and working with our rangatahi and whanau to create plans.

We can offer you:

  • A competitive social worker salary
  • A cohesive and supportive team environment
  • The ability to make long lasting relationships within the community
  • Regular supervision, training and career development opportunities
  • Discounts on Southern Cross and Westpac Insurances and employment benefits of working for Oranga Tamariki

To be successful, you will need:

  • A qualification in social work recognised by the Social Work Registration Board (SWRB)
  • Continuation of SWRB registration with a current APC
  • Excellent relationship building skills
  • A high degree of both verbal and written communication skills (you will need to write court reports)
  • A commitment to bi-cultural practice and a culturally responsive approach (a good understanding of Tikanga Māori advantageous)
  • A full clean valid driver’s licence

If you think you have what it takes and are dedicated to achieving positive change for children, young people and their families in the community, then we want to hear from you.

Apply now as applications close on 21 February 2021.

How to apply

Apply online by clicking ‘Apply Now’ please include your CV, cover letter, and include your social worker qualification and SWRB details,
Oranga Tamariki employees, please apply through your myHR portal.

Please note: Shortlisting and interviews will not be held until mid to later January. If you have any queries, please contact

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