Registered Social Worker (Youth One Stop Shop)

2022-09-12 to 2022-09-26
The 502 Rangatahi Ora
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Job Description
The 502 – Rangatahi Ora is Porirua’s new youth health and development service – a place for rangatahi aged 10-25 years who live, work or study in Porirua to access free healthcare and social support.

Established in 2021, The 502 is the result of many years of dreaming and planning led largely by young people. Supported by the community, rangatahi advocated for a youth one stop shop in Porirua, clearly established a need, and secured the backing of Capital and Coast District Health Board. Working with the DHB, rangatahi co-designed service specifications and called for proposals. Their vision was a service that would have a youth-friendly team that look like rangatahi in Porirua and who understand them. They specified a mix of doctors, nurses, social workers, mental health workers and youth workers and a service that is culturally relevant. Rangatahi told us it must be highly confidential and able to keep them safe. It must be flexible, and young people must continue to be involved in governance and decision-making about the service.

Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira and Partners Porirua worked together with a youth advisory group to establish The 502, named by rangatahi for Porirua’s postcodes. Together we aim to establish joined up youth health and social services in Porirua, providing services from our new hub in Cobham Court, and supporting rangatahi to access the many other options available to them within the community as well.

Reporting to the Service Manager, the 502 Social Worker works with the 502 team and other health and social services in the community to provide social work support to rangatahi and their whānau. The Social Worker is responsible for bringing their professional knowledge and skills to our multi-disciplinary team. You will work relationally with rangatahi to identify and address safety issues and provide support to build resilience and strengthen wellbeing. You will work closely with our team, statutory agencies and other services to ensure rangatahi receive the best possible care. You will be an advocate for rangatahi, ensuring they are fully informed in decision making, and actively challenging discrimination, inequality and social injustice. Your work will at all times be mana-enhancing, supporting rangatahi and their whānau in a way that empowers them.

Your social work qualification, experience and professional expertise is a given. You will be registered with the Social Work Registration Board and fully vaccinated in order to protect the vulnerable whānau we are working with. You will have experience working with rangatahi Māori and tangata moana/Pasifika communities and an understanding of the social, health and wellbeing issues facing those communities. You will have excellent relationships with a wide range of statutory and community agencies in Porirua, and most of all, a love for working with young people.
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