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Family Home Reliever

Waikato District, Waikato
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Mō tēnei tūranga mahi | About this role

2 Casual opportunities to join our team as a Family Homes reliever in our Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions

Mō te tūnga | About the role

The Waikato operates 5 Family Homes where between 1 and 5 tamariki are cared for by 2 Family Home Caregivers. When the caregivers have breaks of about 2 to 15 days, Family Home Relievers continue to provide the routine and maintain a safe, caring, responsible and supportive family environment on a 24/7 basis. Our Family Homes are also smoke free homes so this is something to keep in mind when considering your application.

The role includes cooking, shopping, recreation activities, helping with homework and supervision etc. The caregiver provides a detailed handover to the reliever. A designated social worker in the Family Homes team liaises with each home and provides the reliever with regular clinical supervision. The social worker for the tamariki provides the care plan for the tamariki and so we're looking for candidates who can also ensure that the activities are carried out and are consistent with the care plan and handover instructions.

An ideal candidate for this role is someone who has flexibility to be available 24 hours per day for a minimum of 4 days in a row and is committed to maintaining a safe, caring, responsible and supportive family environment in the family home.  

Depending on the availability of the candidate, the role may suit someone who only wants occasional work, as much as someone who wants more frequent hours of work.


Ngā pūmanawatanga ōu | What you will bring

Key requirements of the role include: 

  • Must hold a current full clean driver's licence
  • Ability to pass the background checks, which includes police and Oranga Tamariki vetting
  • Previous experience in social services work or working with children and young people
  • Resilience to manage and support children and young people with varied needs
  • Understanding and appreciation of cross-cultural practices in particular; knowledge of tikanga Māori, and Pacific peoples' culture
  • Behaviour management/conflict resolution skills
  • Be a positive role model
  • Have a calm and professional manner
  • Excellent, listening, oral, written and observations skills


Mō mātou | About us

Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children has a commitment to putting tamariki and rangatahi at the heart of what we do.

Our purpose is to ensure that all tamariki are in loving whānau and communities where oranga tamariki can be realised.  We believe that by getting involved early in their lives and showing love and care, we give children the best chance of growing into happy thriving New Zealanders.

We are committed to putting tamariki first, we believe aroha is vital, we respect the mana of people, we are tika and pono, we value whakapapa and we recognise that oranga is a journey. 


Nōu te rourou | What's in it for you

We offer a vibrant and supportive team, flexible work options and a genuine commitment to wellbeing. We offer significant training and professional development so that you can thrive and grow. We welcome diversity and are committed to working in an inclusive and respectful way. This is your opportunity to apply your skills and experience to the wellbeing of tamariki and rangatahi. 

To see all the benefits of working for Oranga Tamariki, please visit


Me pēhea te tuku tono  | How to Apply

Apply online with your CV and Covering Letter. If you are an Oranga Tamariki employee already, please ensure you apply with a log in using your Oranga Tamariki email address. If you have any questions about role, please contact 


Hurry as applications for this role will close on Monday11th July 2022


At Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children, our highest priority is the safety and welfare of our kaimahi and the tamariki and whānau we support. Many of our roles require our kaimahi to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, in line with the COVID-19 Public Health response 2021 and in accordance with Oranga Tamariki's Vaccination Policy.

As an employee with Oranga Tamariki you may also be asked to undertake COVID-19 tests during your employment.

We will require evidence of your vaccination status or a valid exemption if it is required for the position you have applied for.

If you have any questions around whether vaccination is required for this role please contact


Waikato District, Waikato