Family Support Worker 

Aviva is a not-for-profit agency dedicated to supporting New Zealand families to become their best, free from violence. As New Zealand’s first refuge, we provided a range of specialist family violence services to women and children for 40 years. Today, our work is founded on the belief that the safest place for all New Zealanders should be our homes and that everyone has the potential to overcome violence and its enduring effects if offered the right support, at the right time, in the right way. To this end, we now offer a range of integrated specialist family and sexual support services for the whole family – children, young people, women and men - and are seeking passionate and skilled people to join our team.

With our partners, Aviva co-founded and operates from The Loft in Eastgate Shopping Centre. The Loft brings together a range of Non-Government Organisations, primary healthcare providers and humanitarian agencies to create a ‘child, family and community wellbeing centre’ in eastern Christchurch. The Loft’s partners’ shared aim is to improve outcomes for individuals, families and communities by co-creating a co-located response model that simplifies client access through a range of integrated service pathways. The creation of a whole of person, whole of family/whanau approach to wellbeing, delivered from one shared space, has never been achieved before in Australasia, and offers a unique service proposition for Canterbury communities.  

The Loft offers a unique contemporary working environment, designed to support clients and staff.  There is access to Eastgate’s staff car parking, banking, retail and service outlets and Linwood Community Library and Service Centre.

Based at The Loft, we have a position available for a Clinical Practitioner for 40-hours per week. This position is fixed term till June 2020.

Accountable to the Senior Client Services Manager, the position will be based in The Loft and provide services for children, women and men throughout Christchurch, North Canterbury, Selwyn and Ashburton from a range of locations.

The Family Support Worker is responsible for:

  • Providing direct services for children and adults experiencing family violence
  • Proactively engaging adult males using, or at risk of using, family violence (low, medium and/or high risk clients)Respond to referrals from the community and statutory agencies
  • Performing family safety planning and developing a personalised recovery programme for each client
  • Forming and maintaining operational partnerships with external agencies

Bringing a strong commitment to Aviva’s core values, strategic principles and service philosophy, the successful applicant will:

  • Be passionately committed to delivering excellent family services and overcoming the social inequalities associated with family and sexual violence
  • Have a relevant tertiary social work or similar qualification
  • Ideally have experience of working with adults, children and young people affected by family violence
  • Have excellent interpersonal and record keeping skills
  • Hold a current unrestricted driver’s license

All job offers are subject to a clean Police check.  Full training and induction will be provided.

If you have a desire to make a positive contribution to our organisation and have knowledge of the effects of family violence then we would like to hear from you.

Please click to view position description   

All Applicants must email a completed Application Form, Covering Letter and CV to [email protected]

If you have any queries please email [email protected]

Applicants are advised to note that applications close on 20th January 2019.