Social Worker – Child and Family Safety Service

  • 0.8 [32 hours per week] Fixed term position available for six months
  • Registration with the New Zealand Social Work Board and current APC essential

Mō te tūnga - About the Role

Our Child and Family Safety Service, Tiaki Whānau, is a multidisciplinary team providing a specialist service for tamariki (children) and rangatahi (young people).

Based at the Christchurch Hospital campus our team is divided into a variety of workstreams including the Violence Intervention Programme, Sexual Abuse Team, Gateway and Infant to Teen assessments.  Our Integrated Safety Response team is currently based at Hillmorton Hospital. 

You will offer an advisory service to staff regarding child abuse and neglect and work with health professionals and other agencies (Women’s Refuges, Stopping Violence Services, Police, Child Youth and Family Services, Non-Government Organisations) to promote and build relationships between services when managing Child Abuse and Family Violence cases.

Ko wai koe | About You

As a Social Worker in our Child and Family Safety Service you will have excellent interpersonal skills in order to work together in our wider team by networking and building relationships. You will be someone who is equipped to handle stressful emotional situations and have the flexibility to cope with change.

You will be an inspirational and motivated leader who is able to work smarter by being innovative and proactive.

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako - Skills and Experience

  • Relevant Tertiary Qualification in Health and/ or Social Work
  • Experience in family violence and a minimum of working 5 years in child protection is desirable.
  • Experience in training and presentation to groups
  • Experience in coaching and mentoring of staff is desirable
  • Computer literacy
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Have an awareness of and sensitivity to the cultural differences and expectations of health service consumers and different ethnic backgrounds
  • A current Driver’s Licence
  • Experience in health services in Canterbury health and/or Oranga Tamariki is desirable

Mō mātou | About Us

“Ko ngā tāngata, te mātua mahi - Putting people at the heart of all we do”

Te Whatu Ora, Health New Zealand, leads the day-to-day running of our health system across New Zealand, with functions delivered at local, district, regional and national levels. It weaves the functions of the 20 former District Health Boards into its regional divisions and district offices, ensuring continuity of services in the health system.

Here in Waitaha, Canterbury we deliver health services to the almost 600,000 people that live in the Canterbury region. We are committed to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its principles by ensuring our partnership with Māori are at the forefront of all our conversations.

Ngā hua | Benefits of working at Te Whatu Ora [Health New Zealand]

When you work at the Te Whatu Ora, you are part of a wider whānau that will support you along your journey. We offer great coaching, mentoring and learning outcomes for all staff. We are always improving our facilities across all campuses and have amazing discounts from select retailers, restaurants and business.

Tono ināianei | Apply Now

Only applications submitted via our career site will be accepted, therefore apply directly on our career site here

For additional information about this role please contact Jenny Bailey, Recruitment Partner on

We have a range of clinical and non-clinical roles at Health New Zealand, there could be a place for you!

Please visit our careers website for other roles and find your ideal fit within Health New Zealand.

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The Future of the Health Industry

The role that you are applying for is one that may only be performed by a person who has been vaccinated against Covid-19.  It is therefore a condition of this application that you are vaccinated against Covid-19. As a person working in the health and disability sector you will come into contact with a large number of people, some of whom may be vulnerable.  Without a vaccine, there is the risk that you may contract Covid-19.  The requirement to be vaccinated is to keep you safe and also to endeavour to protect others against the potential transmission of Covid-19 as a result of you contracting it in the course of your employment.

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Fixed Term/Contract/Part Time

Job no: PC2513203

Location: Christchurch

Closing Date: Tuesday, 6 June 2023