VACANCY NZ - Foster Carer Social Worker (OOHC) - Northland

Job No: KANZ02
Location: Ref: KANZ02 - Northland, New Zealand

SOCIAL WORKER – Foster Care (Northland)

Key Assets are seeking a qualified registered Social Worker, full time 40 hours per week

* Application form located at the bottom *  


Key Assets – The Children's Services Provider

Is a dynamic not-for-profit community service organisation providing high quality, innovative foster care in community based placements for children and young people with varying needs and behaviours. We are an evolving service provider, present in the North and South Island, committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive workforce.


About the Role: 

The role will be varied, interesting and challenging. You will hold a caseload supporting approved Foster Carers providing a high quality fostering service to children and young people and our stakeholders. In addition, you may also contribute to providing high quality caregiver assessments using a competency-based, psycho-social model of assessment and co-facilitate caregiver training.

About You

To be successful you will have a strong understanding and solid skills relating to Foster Care and the care sector. The role will primarily be based within the community working with foster carers, managing the education of carers and maintaining the safety of the child or young person in care. Travel within and around Auckland is an expectation of the role so flexibility and the ability to work unsupervised is an essential component.

To be successful in this role you will have empathy and an enormous passion to make a positive and lasting difference to our carers and children's lives.


  • Providing placement support to foster carers and supervising their practice to ensure the continued safety and placement stability of our children and young people in their care.
  • Ensure the completion of all case management documentation, for operational compliance
  • And to ensure compliance of business policies and child protection procedures
  • Carry out Foster Care Assessments of potential foster carers

Experience and Skills Required

  • Hold a Social Work qualification that is recognised by the NZSW Registration Board.
  • Have substantial experience in social work practice with children and young people and an understanding of the unique challenges faced by children in foster care.
  • Be self-motivated, able to work independently and in partnership with other community based organisations.
  • Understand attachment theory and trauma and the impact this has on a child’s/adolescents development and behaviour.
  • Demonstrate excellent personal and professional communication skills and the ability to work effectively with children, their wider family/whanau networks and foster carers.
  • Want to contribute to sustainable change for children and young people.
  • Have a proven track record of writing high quality competency-based assessments and other reports.
  • Enjoy varied work opportunities including the delivery of training, recruiting and visiting carer households.
  • Participate in an Office Duty system and an out-of-hours support service to Foster Carers.
  • Understand the meaning of cultural safety and bi-cultural practices while being respectful and observant of Tikanga Maori
  • Current New Zealand driving license, is a must as you will receive a company vehicle


  • Company Vehicle including fuel card
  • laptop and phone
  • Quality supervision 
  • On-going professional training


To apply and be considered for this role you must complete the Key Assets online application by visiting our website:    


For a private and confidential discussion please call Louise Lawrence on Ph (09) 263 5151 


Link to Position Description : Social Worker (note: 'Supervising' Social Worker - refer to the 'Supervising' of Foster Carers and their practice to support the children and young peole in their care.)

Link to Website : About Us  &  Why work for Key Assets


Key Assets reserve the right to commence the interview process prior to the closing date.


KEY ASSETS THE CHILDREN’S SERVICES PROVIDER is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and all applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.




CLOSURE DATE: Vacancy Applications close as per the date provided in the advert details / Website vacancy page. These dates may also be extended if suitable applicants are not found. EOI Applications will remain open for individuals to lodge interest in working for our organisation. These are monitored periodically for talent pooling and suitable persons will be contacted by HR or our management team.

Key Assets reserve the right to commence the interview process prior to the campaign closing date. Campaigns may also be extended at any time. 

CANDIDATE FEEDBACK:  Due to the large number of Vacancy Applications and EOI's received, Key Assets declines to provide individual candidate feedback at APPLICATION STAGE, due to volumes. There may also be times when feedback is not provided, also due to volumes of posts advertised. Key Assets apologies in advanced.

ELIGIBILTY (for AUS and or NZ Vacancies): To be eligible for consideration you must be either an Australian/ New Zealand Citizen /Resident residing within the country of the advertised position at the time of application. For overseas applicants you will hold an appropriate Australian or New Zealand work visa with no restrictions on working within the country. It is preferred that you be in the country at the time of application to be available for our interview process however for suitably experienced and qualified applicants interview alternatives may be arranged.

HOURS: 'Casual' - Hours are needs based. Hours are also not consistent / regular. Full Time 40 hrs/wk flexibility required due to travel (as you will work within the community)

COMMENCEMENT: Occurs when all statutory and personal checks have been satisfactorily completed. Departmental checks may take up to 28 business days to process which can cause delays in commencement. 




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