We are dedicated to supporting any child in New Zealand whose wellbeing is at significant risk of harm now, or in the future. We also work with young people who may have offended, or are likely to offend.

Our belief is that in the right environment, with the right people surrounding and nurturing them, any child can, and should flourish.

Social worker recruitment

We're leading a new way of working to support children who need care, creating a major shift in emphasis.

We have a number of social worker positions available now and invite dedicated and passionate social workers to play their part in helping change the way New Zealand protects children.

Find out about our Social Worker jobs


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Gráinne's update - October 2018

Chief Executive Gráinne Moss highlights two major events for Oranga Tamariki - the first Annual Report, and our inaugral hui with iwi and Māori organisations.

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Evidence Centre Seminar: September 2018

Our September seminar featured two presentations; Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET), and the Social Workers in Schools programme.

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Teddies for tamariki

Children in Manawatū experiencing anxiety will be comforted by weighted teddy bears after a generous donation from a local charitable trust.

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Pay equity ratification

A pay equity deal delivering significant pay increases to Oranga Tamariki social workers has now been ratified.

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Learning to be myself

Lakiesha is a young aspiring social worker. She shares with us some of the values and life lessons she learnt living in a kaupapa-Māori home in Whangarei.

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Building on the commitment to tamariki Māori

We gathered with iwi and Māori organisations for the first national hui since Oranga Tamariki was formed.

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A new way to support tamariki

We're partnering with Ngāpuhi Iwi Social Services to support tamariki who have offended to make positive life decisions and cultural connections.

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Care Continuum - Overseas Jurisdictions: Evidence Brief

An overview of out-of-home care services for children overseas.

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Evidence Brief: Complex Needs

This evidence brief summarises international research on complex needs in children and young people involved in care and youth justice.

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If you're a young person or child in care, and would like to connect with others who have had similar experiences, you should check us out at VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai. A big part of what we do is organise fun and engaging events for people with care experience. We’re an independent connection and advocacy service, separate from the Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children, and we're here to support you and be 100% on your side.

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