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Mana Ake Kaimahi (Fixed Term)

Community, Youth and Child Services is a service of St John of God Hauora Trust, a Catholic, not for profit organisation that prides itself on providing distinctive care based on our Mission and Values of; Hospitality, Compassion, Respect, Justice and Excellence.

We are looking for a full time (40 hours per week) experienced Practitioner with qualifications in, or related to, child mental health and with experience working in community settings and preferably in schools. This role will ideally suit a qualified Social Worker, Nurse, Counsellor, Occupational Therapist, or Teacher with a passion for working with children and families who are facing complex challenges. This role is part of the established CDHB Mana Ake ‘Mental Health in School’s’ initiative. The role is fixed-term until 1 December 2021.

The Mana Ake – Stronger for Tomorrow initiative aims to work with and through school communities to support families and whanau with children from years one to eight who are experiencing ongoing challenges that are impacting their wellbeing.

As part of this role you will provide practical support and positive strategies to build resilience for children referred to the service and their families through primary schools. This work will often require a multi-level collaboration and/or partnered responses with a variety of support systems within community agencies in order to facilitate good outcomes with our clients.

Ideal skills and experience:

· Sound working knowledge of the key agencies that work with families in the health, education and community sectors

· Confident to work both independently and alongside others who are working within school cluster

· Working knowledge of behavioural and developmental issues relating to families and children

· Has a working knowledge of CYP&F Act, Children’s Action Plan including Vulnerable Children’s Act and Domestic Violence Act or willingness to train

· Has experience in liaising with other stakeholder groups, for example, Oranga Tamariki (CYF), Work and Income, schools, other education and health providers, other relevant community agencies

· Membership to an appropriate professional body

· Strong facilitation skills

· Knowledge and understanding and commitment to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi

· Highly developed written and verbal communication skills

· Demonstrated ability to utilise information technology including case management systems

Ideally you will be IT literate and able to work in a busy environment, comfortable managing a caseload while contributing your skills and expertise to the broader team.

For a position description and further enquiries please email quoting reference SJG-CYCSS-1123.

To apply please complete the Application for Employment form at and email the completed form together with your Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae to by 5pm, 7 May 2021.