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Social Worker – Youth Residential – Christchurch

Job posted: 06/03/2023
Job closes: 03/04/2023

Company/Organisation Name:

Emerge Aotearoa

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About the Company/Organisation

Emerge Aotearoa is a social services organisation providing a range of services to whānau, including Health and Disability, Youth and Emergency Housing. Our Kaimahi all have a common goal – helping people realise their potential with the aim of supporting people to live their best life as independently as possible.

This is an exciting opportunity located in Christchurch, you’ll be working across bespoke residential youth services alongside the Service Managers and with support from by a senior Social Worker.

How to Apply

If you are interested in joining an organisation who is passionate about making a positive difference in your community, we would love to hear from you so apply today! This role will be advertised until filled.

Apply for this role via our careers site – Social Worker | Youth Residential | Christchurch – Careers at Emerge Aotearoa

Job Description

He kōrero mō te tūranga - The role

The focus of your role will be working alongside residential Support Workers and the Service Manager to provide social work support to youth with varying intense and complex needs.

As an intermediate or experienced Social Worker, you will be supporting care planning from a clinical perspective with a "hands on" approach in helping clients towards their recovery.

You will also be coaching and mentoring support staff about best practice techniques to achieve great social and health outcomes for our young people. You will be comfortable in coordinating, convening, and leading planned and urgent reviews and meetings with our external partners, like Oranga Tamariki, Child and Adolescent Family Services, Emergency Mental Health Services, education providers and even the Police, as necessary.

Most importantly, you'll draw on the strengths of the dynamic team around you to create and implement best practice interventions, support plans and rehabilitation strategies to support whānau to achieve their personal goals and engage within their community.

This is a full-time position working 40 hours per week across an array of services in Christchurch. Some flexibility of hours may be possible but ideally you will usually be present 4 days per week.

He kōrero mōu - About you

Sometimes faced with challenges by our young people you will utilise your calmness to engage and empathise with whānau. You need to be quick to think on your feet with how to deal with situations when whānau become unwell and need support. You will need to be flexible and comfortable picking up "hands on" duties as needed.

Being able to demonstrate assertiveness, accountability and compassion for people is important to this role. The ability to coach and mentor support worker staff and communicate effectively will also be beneficial.

You'll need the following:

  • A current registration with the NZ Social Work Registration Board covered by HPCA 2003 Act and have a current APC.
  • Ideally previous experience working with youth.
  • Resilience and strong personal and professional boundaries
  • A calm and patient approach to challenges you may face.
  • Experience or understanding of working in a residential setting would be beneficial.
  • A current Full New Zealand driver's licence
  • The right to work in New Zealand

Ko tā mātou mahi - We offer

In addition to driving change in your community, you'll be doing so in a national organisation with opportunities for you to grow and develop with extensive in-house training, the maintenance of your APC and paid study leave on offer.

Importantly, we advocate for your well-being! With three days of well-being leave, flexible working arrangements and access to free counselling, so you can proactively manage your health and well-being.

And finally working with us will give you access to a range of discounts such as furniture, gym membership, rental vehicles - to mention a few.

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