Youth Worker, Social Services
About this job
Residential Youth Worker - Full Time and Casual Residential Youth Worker Te Maioha o Parekarangi Youth Justice Residence, just outside Rotorua, provides a safe, secure and supportive environment where rangatahi (young people) who have offended can make changes and get their lives back on track. In addition to maintaining secure facilities, we aim to help rehabilitate young offenders. We welcome diversity and are committed to working in an inclusive and respectful way. We provide 24/7 support and care for up to rangatahi aged 13 to 18 years old who are involved in the Youth Justice system. Mō te tūnga | About the role Residential Youth Workers provide rangatahi with the confidence and skills to become positive contributors to their whānau and communities. They understand that the causes of offending are complex, and that successfully dealing with young offenders demands action beyond simple punitive measures. Guiding behavioural change is a massive task and means our kaimahi have many responsibilities, including: • Ensuring that a safe and secure environment is maintained for the benefit of the rangatahi, staff and the community • Supporting young offenders in their personal growth and rehabilitation with a focus on health, education, training and employment • Working with rangatahi to help them build and strengthen relationships with their whānau and communities and encouraging them to act on referrals to services We value our kaimahi and the wide range of skills and experiences they have. We want to hear from you if you have: • The ability to build positive relationships with a wide range of people whether it be through your experience in customer service, coaching, engaging in your community or experience working with rangatahi in positive and proactive ways • Studied psychology, social sciences, social work, sports, arts or teaching and you want to bring those learnings to life in meaningful way by applying your skills to rangatahi in need of your help every day. Life learnings are equally important and we value the life experience of our staff bring to this practical and challenging role. • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to work with others and contribute to a supportive and inclusive team. • Knowledge of Tikanga and Te Reo which is an advantage - Oranga Tamariki is committed to developing our kaimahi to develop this important capability. • Willingness and ability to work across a roster that covers mornings, evenings, weekends and public holidays • An appropriate level of physical fitness that will allow you to safely support and interact with rangatahi
•A clean current full driver licence as you will be required to drive as part of the role. •To meet the Vulnerable Childrens Act safety checking and Police Vetting requirements. All applicants are subject to background checks and police vetting including those under the Clean Slate Act. •Knowledge of Tikanga and Te Reo would be an advantage. •Willingness and ability to work across a roster that covers mornings, evenings, weekends and public holidays. All applicants must apply for online and create a profile on https://mahi.orangatamariki.govt.nz/home
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