Permanent, full-time, Whakatakapokai, Auckland
About us - Mō mātou
Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children has a commitment to putting tamariki and rangatahi at the heart of what we do. In our work, we aim to demonstrate these values :
We put Tamariki first
We believe Aroha is vital
We respect the Mana of people
We are Tika and Pono
We value Whakapapa
We recognise that Oranga is a journey
About the Residence - E pa ana ki te Kāenga
Our Youth Justice Residences provide a safe, secure and supportive environment where rangatahi in our care can make changes to get their lives back on track.
Whakatakapokai is one of five Youth Justice Residences operating across Aotearoa that operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week providing residential placements and programmes for rangatahi aged 13 to 19 years who have been charged with or convicted of an offence.
Our vision at Whakatakapokai is to create a unique, culturally focused, therapeutic, safe and restorative care environment that enables rangatahi to strengthen their connection with whānau, hapū, iwi and their culture;
and develop the skills to make positive decisions to support them to flourish and transform their lives, reducing the risk of reoffending.
About the role - Mō te tūnga
The purpose of this role is to deliver a care service to ensure the day to day care, wellbeing, therapeutic and cultural needs of rangatahi are assessed, planned for and addressed through the support and interventions provided to them.
This will be achieved by providing mentoring and being a positive role model to rangatahi and by delivering a structured approach to ensure that interventions, programmes and plans are put in place for each rangatahi that effectively addresses needs across the wellbeing domains, offending needs and cultural needs;
and effects a successful transition from the residence and a reduction in the risk of reoffending.
You will also be working with a collaborative team who is passionate about Oranga Tamariki's vision, purpose and values.
You will be playing a part in building positive cultural and community connection. Whakatakapokai is strongly focused on achieving positive change in rangatahi through education, skill development, vocational programmes, and therapeutic and cultural interventions using a Māori world centric view (Te Ao Māori).
Our overall goal is that rangatahi who come into our care are positively integrated back into their community and reduce the risk of reoffending with their mana restored.
The role will involve the following :
Mentoring - one on one work with rangatahi, whānau to assist them to achieve their identified goals
Regular face to face contact with rangatahi and whānau
Maintaining and building stakeholder relationships in the community
Supporting rangatahi with their educational aspirations
Keeping our rangatahi and whānau connected to their wider whānau, iwi and hapu
Flexibility to work in different workplace settings e.g. marae, school or field trips
Transporting of rangatahi and whānau to and from activities or appointments
About you - Mōu
To apply for this role, you must demonstrate the following qualifications and experience :
An undergraduate degree level qualification in psychology, education, social work, nursing (including mental health); or another related field
Twelve months minimum practice and therapeutic experience coordinating work in a multi-disciplinary setting with tamariki and rangatahi to address complex behavioural issues
A current, full, clean New Zealand driver's licence
Experience caring for or mentoring youth
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Resilience with the ability to work under pressure
Strong cultural awareness and understanding of Te Ao Māori me ona Tikanga
Ability to quickly establish relationships with stakeholders and maintain those relationships
Experience with developing appropriate programmes and initiatives that would best suit our rangatahi, whānau, stakeholders and community
The right to work in New Zealand