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CO-ORDINATOR KAUPAPA WHĀNAU

Fixed term

jigsaw whanganui is a highly respected charitable trust working alongside families and whānau in Whanganui, Rangitīkei and Ruapehu to provide safe care and nurture to their children.

We have been given the responsibility of transitioning The Whanganui Children’s team to a community-led model, Kaupapa Whānau, co-ordinating services across education, health, welfare, justice, iwi and community to work hand in hand with whānau and families to create safer lives for children.

We are seeking someone with a track record in human services, passionate for the well-being of children and able to positively influence social systems and structures to be at their very best for families. This position is for a fixed term of 8 months.

We offer a nurturing and very rewarding staff environment based on respect, teamwork, strong professional support and commitment to excellent practice alongside whānau and families.

Applications close at noon Monday 13 July.

For further information tel 06 345 1636 or email admin@jigsawwhanganui.org.nz

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POSITION DESCRIPTION CO-ORDINATOR KAUPAPA WHĀNAU CHILDREN’S TEAM TRANSITION

FIXED TERM

1 July 2020 – 28 February 2021

HOURS: 40 per week

ACCOUNTABLE TO: Executive Officer

OBJECTIVE: Whānau and families are safe and nurturing for everyone

PURPOSE OF POSTION: Families and children with complex needs are able to access co-ordinated support

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS WITH:

  1. Whānau, families and their tamariki

  2. Practice Manager

  3. Referring agencies and services

  4. Hui Convenors/key workers

  5. Kaupapa Whānau Reference Group

KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

1. RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT & LIASION

  • Build and maintain highly credible and valued relationships and networks to understand the needs and perspectives of others

  • Liase with referring agencies ensuring they are well informed regarding Kaupapa Whānau Children’s Team Transition criteria, processes

  • Ensure whānau and families are well informed regarding the processes and provide informed consent

  • Ensure timely and effective communication processes and channels with whānau, children, convenors, agencies and services

2. SERVICE FACILIATION AND CO-ORDINATION

  • Manage all referrals to Kaupapa Whānau Children’s Team Transition

  • Where referrals do not meet the Kaupapa Whānau criteria discuss other options with referrers

  • Liase with and referrer to set up the first whānau hui

  • Convene family and whānau meetings, ensuring a clear action plan, including responsibilities and time frames, is drawn up

  • Maintain regular review hui with the family until key supports are working well around the family

  • Ensure there is closure to the formal Kaupapa Whānau Children’s Team Transition identifying key supports for the family and tamariki moving forward

  • Provide support, direction and advice to Convenors and Action Group

  • Ensured all documentation is gathered, shared and stored in a manner that upholds the dignity of whānau and families

  • Undertake any immediate response required to imminent danger and risk to children and other family members

3. MONITORING AND REPORTING

  • Liase weekly with the Executive Officer, particularly maintaining the buy-in of key institutions

  • Consult as appropriate with the Practice Manager

  • Provide a monthly report to the Project Reference Group, identifying outcomes, key issues/trends affecting the wellbeing of tamariki, risks and opportunity for the project

4. PROGRAMME QUALITY

  • Ensure excellent delivery of the project and compliance with MSD and other relevant practise standards

  • Actively promote practice reflection

  • Ensure services are culturally appropriate

  • Gather feedback from whānau and families engaged in Kaupapa Whānau Children’s Team Transition

5. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, SUPERVISION & CONSULTATION

  • In consultation with Executive Officer undertake relevant on-going professional development

  • Actively live and promote the agency kaupapa

  • Participate fully in team meetings, training and other activities

  • Participate fully in external supervision as per agency policy

  • Maintain appropriate professional competencies and membership

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Personal Qualities

Our organisation needs staff who actively practice respect. By this we mean people who in their everyday interactions accept people as they are without judgment, understand and value differences, treat every person with dignity, are able to be honest about themselves and able to manage their own reactions, thoughts and feelings.

Applicants need to have a commitment to and be living a violence free lifestyle. This includes a commitment to use non-violent parenting practices i.e. no physical punishment of children. This commitment needs to be both in your personal and professional life.

Qualifications

  • Qualification and experience in human services

  • A track record of highly competent practice alongside whānau and families

Key Competencies

  • Sound assessment and facilitation skills

  • Culturally competent – well able to work in Te Ao Māori

  • Working knowledge of how key agencies across sectors work with children and families

  • Sound understanding of and analysis of intimate partner violence and child abuse and neglect

  • Sound leadership; able to inspire and support others be at their very best

  • An absolute commitment to whānau and family self-determination

  • Demonstrated experience providing high level co-ordination and facilitation

  • Well-developed relationship management skills;

  • Able to positively influence social systems and structures to be responsive to whānau and families

  • Excellent networking – able to contribute to community capacity and capability across our services deliver area

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