Social Worker - CAFSouth

Our Purpose: What We’re Here For

When you work with the Canterbury District Health Board, you’re part of something very special. We’re world leaders in the delivery of integrated health care, and we’re always striving to Make It Better. From the carers on the front line working directly with patients and communities, to our talented support teams who enable that care, we plan, fund and deliver health services to the almost 600,000 New Zealanders that live in the Canterbury region. And we’re all about putting people at the heart of everything we do.

Our Culture: What Matters To Us

Ko Te Whatu Manawa Tangata

Putting people at the heart of all we do 

For us to continue putting our communities at the centre of our health system, we’re putting our own people at the centre of everything we do. Because health is ultimately all about people. What’s important around here is the way we care for and respect others, the responsibility that all our people take for delivering outcomes, and that we go about our work with integrity in all we do.

What matters to us is doing the right thing, valuing everyone, and being and staying well ourselves so we can care for our community.

The Role: What This Opportunity’s All About

This is a permanent part time position (0.8 FTE) for a Clinical Social Worker ready to meet the challenges of working with children and adolescents and their family / whanau who access the South Community & Outreach Team (Child, Adolescent & Family Mental Health Service).

This is a specialist team that provides assessment and treatment of young people up to 18 years of age (older if still at High School) who present with moderate to severe mental health problems, and their families. You’ll be a key clinician working as part of the multidisciplinary team, providing comprehensive psychiatric assessment, case management and therapeutic intervention for our clients - young people who have complex and changing needs.

The clinicians on the Team have a range of skills and areas of clinical expertise- we’ll provide you with a great opportunity to enhance your skills in a specialty area. Some travel may be required for Outreach clinics – we cover south Christchurch to Ashburton and would consider someone who lives in that area but who can travel to Christchurch on a weekly basis for team meetings. More time would be needed in Christchurch initially to build knowledge and skills.

This is a demanding and challenging role within a supportive team. You will develop and regularly review a job plan and caseload with the Clinical Manager

Skills & Experience

If you are a Registered Social Worker with clinical mental health experience we are interested in you! If you are an experienced Social Worker with less than 2 years in mental health practice there will be a requirement for post graduate study and clinical support through the New Entry to Specialist Practice programme.

The ability to effectively communicate and work collaboratively with young people, family/whanau, and community organisations is essential.  You’ll need great organisation and excellent time management to keep up with this exciting client group with flexibility in your approach and a passion for working with young people and seeing them succeed. 

Belonging Here: Becoming Part of Our Story

Our people enjoy access to a fantastic benefits scheme, flexible working arrangements and a genuine and ongoing focus on career development.

We hope you’ll seriously consider joining us, but if this isn’t a good fit for you, please share the opportunity with your personal networks and help us find our next rock star!

If this particular role isn’t for you, we do have other similar opportunities - please look on our careers page or give us a call to discuss.

Apply online, or to find out more information, please contact


Phone: 03 3377961

Applicants will be progressed as they apply, so if this sounds like you, please apply now! 

Permanent/Part Time

Job no: 234619

Location: Christchurch

Closing Date: Monday, 24 September 2018