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Social Worker - Family Works

Social Worker - Whanganui - Full time

  • Join a values based organisation supporting our local communities
  • Benefit for on-going Professional training and development
  • Be part of a dedicated and supportive team who are passionate about their work

Family Works is one of the largest NGOs providing integrated social services for the whole community. Family Works provides a range of services to families and communities including needs assessments, social work, counselling and therapy and a range of life-skills and parenting courses.

About the role

At Family Works, we value compassion, dedication, and the drive to do right by children and families/whanau. Our family works services provide the following social work programmes:

  • support with families experiencing family violence
  • ongoing counselling support to adults, couples, youth, children and families
  • group and individual programmes for tamariki and wāhine who have experienced trauma
  • parenting programmes and family dispute resolution.

This full-time role is based at our office in Whanganui. You will be joining a dedicated team of eight providing services across the Whanganui region. In this busy role, you will be responsible for providing social work services and group facilitation to a range of clients.

An eclectic knowledge when applying therapeutic and crisis intervention is also a component of this work. You need to be prepared to travel into the community and homes of our clients when required.

What’s in it for me?

Family Works offers a range of professional development opportunities, including training and development in mediation and group facilitation, and clinical supervision for other professionals.

We also offer:

  • Reimbursement for SWRB registration fees
  • Annual staff Wellbeing calendar, with each month focusing on a different aspect of health and wellbeing
  • Māori cultural competency training, an 24-month internal module developed by Family Works’ talented team
  • Region-wide Family Works events to promote connectedness and support
  • Access to discounted healthcare cover and employee assistance programmes

About you

You will be an empathetic person with a passion for helping children and whānau. Your approach to your work will be with kindness, logic and above all, the drive to do right by the child.

Previous experience working in culturally diverse environments is preferred but not essential, we can provide training and development to understand and build appropriate skills and knowledge to work with a variety of difference communities.

You must have a genuine passion and previous experience of working with children and domestic and family violence.

You will also:

  • Hold a tertiary qualification with either provisional or full registration in Social Work (SWRB registered or eligible for registration)
  • Have at least 1-2 years’ experience in Social Work (working with tamariki and whānau)
  • Be competent with demonstrating and implementing a range of social work practices e.g. strengths based, solution focused and goal oriented
  • Be a strong networker with community stake holders and enjoy developing new professional networks for your client group
  • You will hold a Covid-19 vaccine passport and evidence of a Booster, if eligible

How to apply:


To discuss the role or for more information get in touch with Raewyn Anderson 06 345 6681 or email at

We will be interviewing shortlisted applications as they are received and therefore, be an early applicant to ensure you are considered at the soonest opportunity.

Please note: please apply only if you have the legal right to work in New Zealand

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