Social Worker Youth Justice, Permanent, Full Time, Hawera

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  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
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  • Location: Taranaki
  • Date Advertised: 05-NOV-18
  • Job Reference: NZ/26695
  • Job Title: Social Worker Youth Justice, Permanent, Full Time, Hawera
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Social Worker, Youth Justice



Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children are dedicated to supporting any child in New Zealand whose wellbeing is at significant risk of harm now, or in the future. We also work with young people who may have offended, or are likely to offend.

Our belief is that in the right environment, with the right people surrounding and nurturing them, any child can, and should flourish.


We now have an opportunity for a Youth Justice Social Worker to join our Taranaki team. We cover the area from Mokau to Patea, with two members based in Hawera, and as the sole social worker here, you will thrive on working independently, whilst belonging to a team with a big heart and a passion for getting things right for rangatahi and their community by reducing re-offending.

You will need to be innovative and creative in your approach through positively influencing rangatahi to accept responsibility and to change their behaviours, whilst ensuring their voices are heard in the process. 

Your previous experience working in statutory social work will give you the tools you need to empower whānau to engage in family group conferences and court proceedings, completing thorough assessments, working with rangatahi to create plans and partner with other agencies and stakeholders to get wrap around support in place. Your tenacity to overcome everyday barriers and ability to drive positive outcomes will put you in good stead for this challenging yet hugely rewarding role.

We work as part of an overall community approach with partners in Police, courts, health, education, a range of NGOs and iwi.  We see ourselves as part of the overall coordinated community response. 

Preference is given to those who have:


  • the ability to connect with youth and quickly build rapport
  • strong communication skills (you will need to write succinct, factual and audience appropriate court reports)
  • strong analytical skills – to enable a robust case plan to be effected and that if complied with, will likely reduce reoffending
  • resilient, motivated and driven character
  • experience working with young people
  • flexibility to work after hours duty roster
  • strong computer literacy (typing and web navigation)
  • full clean valid driver’s licence.

In return we can offer you:


  • A competitive salary
  • a challenging, fascinating and rewarding career
  • on-going training and regular supervision

You must have a Social Work Qualification that is recognised by the New Zealand Social Work Registration Board (SWRB) or have full SWRB registration and current annual practising certificate (APC).


How to apply:


Be part of a supportive team who are fully committed to achieving positive outcomes for young people, whānau and the community – apply online with your CV and cover letter.


Only applications received online will be accepted. 

For a further discussion about the role contact Trudi Baker, Youth Justice Manager on 029 231 9539.


Applications close: Sunday 18th November 2018




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