Family Whānau Worker - Family Works Invercargill

Mō mātou | About us:

Family Works is an initiative of Presbyterian Support Southland and we offer 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.

At the heart of our work is an understanding that:

  • Life is challenging
  • The role of parents is crucial and the most important job anyone will ever have
  • Families are the best places to grow happy, healthy children and young people
  • Families are the backbone of each and every community

Mō te tūraka | About the role:

The key objective of the Family Whanau worker roles is to deliver the Family Start Programme to clients in their homes.  To improve health, education and welfare outcomes and to meet the standards required by Family Works for the delivery of the Programme.

We currently have a permanent full-time position (40 hours per week) for a Family Whānau Worker to join the team at Family Works to support families based in Invercargill and surrounds.

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

Ngā kawenga | Key Responsibilities:

  • Building and maintaining relationships with families and whānau
  • Undertake Family Start programme needs assessments
  • Developing, reviewing and monitoring family plans
  • Attending and actively participating in supervision sessions

Ngā pūkenga | What you will need to be successful:

  • A tertiary qualification in social work, health, education or a related field (consideration will be given to candidates who are nearing completion of their qualifications)
  • To be a member of a professional association or be willing to work towards joining, if available to you
  • A working knowledge of Oranga Tamariki Act 1989 and other relevant NZ legislation
  • Experience and passion for working with children, young people, and families
  • The ability to prioritise and manage caseloads effectively
  • Previous experience working collaboratively with colleagues and external providers from other disciplines
  • The commitment to providing services in the spirit of the Treaty of Waitangi
  • A current full clean New Zealand driver’s licence

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply:

If you would like a role that supports the health, education and welfare outcomes for  Southland children please forward your cover letter and Curriculum Vitae to

Family Whānau Worker Position Description