SOCIAL WORKER – TWO VACANCIES

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jigsaw whanganui is a well-established charitable trust. Through its various services our professional team works alongside whānau and families in Whanganui, Rangitīkei and Ruapehu to provide good care and nurture to their children. The agency has a reputation for strong teamwork, professional excellence, respectful relationships, extensive networks and an absolute commitment to the integrity of families and children’s wellbeing.

We are seeking two well-experienced, qualified, competent and social workers (or similar) experienced in working alongside whānau and families for the following positions :

  • Intensive Home-Based Social Worker
  • Social Worker in Schools SWiS

Our Intensive Home-Based Social Work team comprises 6 staff. They engage intensely with whānau and families in their own homes. They assist families who are challenged by complex needs – health, disability, inadequate resources, violence, trauma, poor attachment, learning impairments, relationship breakdowns – to build resilience and hope

Our Social Workers in Schools team comprises 6 staff who are each assigned 3 or 4 local Kura and schools. They engage with whānau and families of their assigned schools to assist their children thrive in their education, health and social wellbeing.

For both roles, we are seeking applicants who can demonstrate:
• a track record of competent social work practice alongside whānau and families
• an absolute commitment to the integrity of whānau and families
• the capacity to engender change and hope in the face of pain and adversity
• a sound understanding of children’s safety and wellbeing
• the ability to establish and grow effective relationships with diverse people across our extensive      networks
• a very high level of personal integrity and reliability
• an absolute commitment to non-violence in their personal and professional life
• growing competence through effective use of supervision and other supports

The successful applicants must have access to a reliable vehicle (mileage is reimbursed), be willing to work across the agency’s service delivery area, and meet the requirement of the Vulnerable Children’s Act 2014.

jigsaw whanganui provides a highly supportive and nurturing team environment, committed to social justice and growing excellent practice. We are offering a competitive remuneration package that includes professional development and registration.

Points To Note:

  1. If you wish to apply for both positions, you only need to submit ONE application.
  2. Applications close on Monday, 25th June 2018

We will hold interviews with shortlisted candidates on Friday 29 June and Wednesday 4 July 2018.

BOTH position descriptions are below:

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POSITION ONE

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POSITION DESCRIPTION:    Social Worker


PRIMARY OBJECTIVE

To assist the organisation in meeting its goal of delivering an effective, accessible and professional home-based social work service to whānau and families

KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

Social Work with Whānau and Families

Administration

Professional Development

Supervision

Liaison, Agency representation

SOCIAL WORK WITH WHANAU and FAMILIES

To be adequately informed of family needs and relevant information by :

Reading Request for Service and other relevant information

Discussion with Practice Manager

Follow up with appropriate other individuals and services with consent

Undertake thorough initial visit/s with families establishing their needs and the contexts of these, their aspirations, hopes, goals

Establish clear plans with families specifying agreed tasks to work on that support families to achieve desired change

Support, educate and assist in development of necessary skills within the family as per client plan

Actively promote and advocate for the safety of children and non-violent parenting practices as per agency policy

Work to eliminate family violence and raise awareness of the impact of family violence for children, families, whanau and communities

Work in collaboration with other services, adhering to agency policy regarding informed consent and safety

Undertake roles in the Whanganui Children’s Team (Lead Professional and Child’s Action Network) and Strengthening Families as required by agency management

Attend Family Group Conferences, case consults, whanau and family meetings, review meetings and other client related meetings as necessary.

Advocate for whānau, families and their children; assist them to access resources and build networks of support

Ensure jigsaw whanganui policies regarding client privacy are maintained

Work within ANZASW Code of Ethics, jigsaw whanganui Code of Ethics, Procedures and Policies

ADMINISTRATION

Keep all client information up-to-date in the agency’s client management system

Review progress of plans and goals with whānau and families

Complete final evaluations with whānau and families

Ensure Practice Manager has knowledge of family plans, goals, reviews and progress of whānau and families

Ensure leave applications, time-sheets and travel claims are accurate, submitted on time and adhere to agency policy

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Actively reflect on social work practice

Maintain and demonstrate a commitment to ongoing professional development

Attend relevant on-going professional development after consultation with Executive Officer

Attend and actively participate in all staff development sessions organised by Executive Officer

Participate in performance reviews and agency evaluations

Attend and participate in team meetings

Attend and participate in organisation meetings as required

Maintain competency for SWRB registration

SUPERVISION

Attend and participate in regular case management supervision with Practice Manager

Participate in external supervision as necessary in consultation with or when directed by Executive Officer

Participate in Peer Supervision as organised and directed by Executive Officer

Co-work with other jigsaw whanganui staff and/or students as directed and supervised by Executive Officer and Practice Manager

LIAISON, AGENCY REPRESENTATION & AGENCY ACCOUNTABILITY

Support and assist the agency’s collaborations with other services to increase the safety and wellbeing of tamariki and children

Educate and network with other agencies to increase understanding of issues related to whānau and enhance social work role

Ensure up to date personal knowledge of community resources

Ensure the integrity of jigsaw whanganui is maintained when representing the agency, promoting our mission, philosophy and values

Work within agency policies, procedures and position description

Protect organisational and client confidentiality unless there is a risk to safety. Follow agency policy and procedure in the event of a safety issue.

POSITION TWO

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POSITION DESCRIPTION:     SWiS Social Worker


HOURS
:                                   40 hours per week

AREA
:                                       Whanganui, Rangitīkei

ACCOUNTABLE TO
:               Executive Officer

OTHER KEY RELATIONSHIPS

SWiS Co-ordinator

Practice Manage

Office Manager

Cluster Schools

PRIMARY OBJECTIVE

To enhance the life outcomes for children whose social and family circumstances place at risk their chances of achieving positive education, social and health outcomes

KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

Social Work with whānau, families and children

Partnership with cluster schools

Group Programmes

Community relationships

Administration

Professional Development

SOCIAL WORK WITH WHĀNAU, FAMILIES AND CHILDREN

Implement the SWiS social work process

+ Receive referrals and complete initial assessment promptly

+ Undertake strengths and needs assessments with referred whānau and family

+ Support children, family and whānau develop goals and plan for how these goals will be achieved

+ Assist children, whānau and families review and assess plan progress

+ Close service with children, whānau and families appropriately

Continually assess and address children’s safety

Actively promote non-violent parenting practices

Work to eliminate family violence and raise awareness of the impact of family violence for children, families and whānau

Involve and make referrals to wider supports as appropriate

Advocate for children, whānau and families

Attend Family Group Conferences, Case Conferences, whānau and family meetings, review meetings and other client related meetings as necessary.

Undertake Lead Professional and other roles within the Whanganui Children’s Team as assigned by SWiS Co-ordinator

Work within ANZASW Code of Ethics, SWiS Service Guidelines, jigsaw whanganui  Policies Procedures at all times

PARTNERSHIP WITH CLUSTER SCHOOLS

Build and maintain a visible presence at each cluster school

Establish and maintain trusting relationships with leaders and staff in cluster schools appreciating the uniqueness of each school

Ensuring clarity regarding the SWiS role

Alongside the school promote the SWiS service to students, their whānau and families

Work to reduce barriers, especially social barriers, to children’s learnings

Support families and whānau maintain effective relationships with their schools

GROUP PROGRAMMES

In liaison with jigsaw whanganui and schools identify group activities that provide social development opportunities for children and their whānau and families

Co-ordinate the delivery of agreed programmes/activities

Develop, design and run approved programmes/group activities to meet clearly agreed outcomes

Ensure appropriate review and evaluation processes for all programmes/group activities

Ensure all programme materials and resources are properly stored and cared for

COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS

Represent the SWiS programme when required and act in a manner that promotes jigsaw whanganui mission, philosophy and values

Educate and network with other agencies to increase understanding of issues related to whānau and enhance SWiS programme

Maintain up to date knowledge of community supports, networks and resources

Make this information readily available to cluster schools, whānau and families

ADMINISTRATION

Keep all client information up-to-date in the agency’s client management system

Ensure contract reporting requirements can be met from information collected

Ensure information is collected and stored in accordance with jigsaw whanganui privacy policy, in particular Principle 3 of the Privacy Act

Ensure agency equipment and resources are used appropriately

Ensure leave forms, time-sheets and travel claims are accurate, submitted on time and adhere to agency policy

Provide information and advice to cluster meetings to enable good review and development of the SWiS service

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Practice active reflection of social work practice

Maintain and demonstrate a commitment to ongoing professional development

Actively participate in regular professional supervision as per jigsaw whanganui policy and SWiS policy

Consult with SWiS co-ordinator as appropriate

Attend relevant on-going professional development in consultation with Executive Officer

Participate in performance reviews and service evaluations

Attend and participate in team meetings and staff development sessions

Maintain registration with the NZ Social Workers Registration Board and membership of an appropriate professional body (e.g. ANZASW)