Social Worker - Family Works (Invercargill)

Mō mātou | About us:

Family Works is an initiative of Presbyterian Support Southland offering a widespread range of support services to families/whānau, children and young people in the region. From counselling and social work support through to parenting programmes, we work alongside families as they face challenges and support them to flourish.

We provide essential services today for tomorrow’s generations in our community.

Mō te tūraka | About the role:

Family Works currently have an opportunity for a permanent full time Social Worker to join our team in Invercargill. The objective of the Social Worker role at Family Works is to provide an effective, professional, culturally sensitive social work service for children, young people and their families.

Strong relationship-building skills are an integral part of this role, as you will work closely alongside families, as well as with referring agencies and other local service providers. Problem-solving and excellent communication skills are also required.  

Family Works offers a supportive work environment with great opportunities for training and development. 

Consideration would be given to part time opportunities for suitably qualified candidates.

Ngā kawenga | Key Responsibilities:

The key tasks of a Social Worker at Family Works includes:

  • Responding to enquiries from the community, including self-referrals and referrals from statutory organisations, community groups, and other professionals
  • Providing individual and family casework, counselling and social work support for children, young people and their families
  • Providing planned, and specific interventions to assist clients to develop their own resources and resolutions
  • Liaising with other professionals, social service agencies, and community groups
  • Demonstrating a commitment to own professional and personal development.

Ngā pūkenga | What you will need to be successful:

  • A SWRB recognised Social Work qualification or be nearing completion of a SWRB recognised Social Work qualification
  • Experience in and passion for working with children, young people and families
  • The commitment to providing services in the spirit of the Treaty of Waitangi
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • A current full clean New Zealand driver’s licence

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply:

If you are wanting a role that makes a real difference to the Southland families we work with then please forward your cover letter and Curriculum Vitae to

Please note to be considered for this role you will need to have the right to work in New Zealand and pre-employment checks may include criminal history check, drug and alcohol testing and a medical assessment.

Social Worker Position Description