Social Worker – Child, Adolescent and Family Access Team

Job Number: 
Canterbury District Health Board
Work Type: 
Full Time
Closing Date: 
Sunday, 2 February 2020

Social Worker – Child, Adolescent and Family Access Team

  • Permanent full-time opportunity (40 hours per week) for an NZ Registered Social Worker
  • Play an integral role in assisting young people with a psychiatric crisis
  • Experience working within a mental health setting is essential to this position


Our Purpose: Why we do it

When you work with the Canterbury District Health Board, you’re part of something very special. We plan, fund and deliver health services to the almost 600,000 people that live in the Canterbury region. Our primary goal is to put people at the heart of everything we do.


The Team: What we do

Our Child, Adolescent and Family (CAF) Access Team receives enquiries and referrals for our CAF specialist mental health services and provides an emergency response with short term follow-up for young people with a psychiatric crisis.

Currently based at The Princess Margaret Hospital we are a small but growing multi-disciplinary team who work closely together. Your role will involve time in the referral area, including phone triaging, as well as in the emergency function. Clinicians have a range of skills and expertise working with young people up to 18 years of age (older if still at school).

This is a permanent full-time opportunity for a NZ Registered Social Worker working 40hrs per week. The days and hours required for this position are Monday - Friday 0830 – 1700.


The Role: Where you fit in

In this role, you will be responsible for:

  • Phone triaging of young people in crisis in conjunction with their family/whanau;
  • Providing comprehensive assessment and intervention to young people in psychiatric crisis and brief case management if felt necessary by multi-disciplinary team;
  • Triaging routine referrals into our CAF services;
  • Working collaboratively with external agencies striving for better health outcomes in our community.

Your skills will include:

  • Being a motivated and flexible self-starter who enjoys meeting the challenges of working both autonomously and as part of the experienced and very supportive multidisciplinary team;
  • The ability to effectively communicate and work collaboratively with young people, family/whanau, within the team and with other agencies;
  • Great personal organisation and excellent time management to keep up with this exciting client group;
  • You will be an NZ Registered Social worker with previous experience working in a mental health setting;
  • Experience within a Child and Adolescent setting is advantageous;
  • As some travel is required in this position, a current NZ driver’s license is essential.


Our Culture: What matters to us

Ko ngā tāngata, te mātua mahi

Putting people at the heart of all we do 

Health is ultimately all about people. What’s important around here is the way we care for and respect others, the responsibility taken for delivering outcomes, and going about our work with integrity. 


Belonging Here: Becoming part of our story

Being part of the Canterbury District Health Board, you will enjoy a fantastic benefits scheme, the opportunity for flexible working arrangements and ongoing focus on your career development.

The Canterbury DHB believes that diversity and inclusion is key to ensure we deliver the best care for our diverse population. The Canterbury DHB is an inclusive and equal opportunity employer that welcomes and respects everyone.  

If this role has sparked your interest but does not match your skills, then please visit our careers website and have a look at our roles that better suit your expertise.


If you are interested in this role please apply directly on our career site here. Please note only applications submitted via our career site will be accepted.

Contact us on [email protected] for additional information.