Social Worker - Forensic Inpatient Units

                               Nau mai, haere mai ki Ūpoko ki te uru hauora

Service:        Te Korowai Whariki - Forensic Inpatient

Location: Te Korowai Whariki, Kenepuru, Porirua

Contract: Permanent, Fulltime


Applications will be reviewed as and when received.



The medium secure forensic inpatient units, Purehurehu and Rangipapa, both based at Kenepuru, are looking for a registered social worker to join their multidisciplinary teams.

You will:

  • provide specialist treatment to clients 
  • provide comprehensive assessments and plan treatment collaboratively with the client and their whānau
  • be actively involved in the treatment and recovery of clients
  • Role model and provide sound clinical and cultural considerations in the multidisciplinary team process
  • assist the client and his/her family/whanau to achieve optimal health, well-being and safety through provision of appropriate assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and education
  • work closely with community agencies to achieve the outcomes agreed by the multidisciplinary team process
  • participate in, and contribute to, professional development activities in social work


  • Be registered with the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers and hold a current annual practicing certificate
  • Have a minimum of three years’ practice
  • Have experience working with adults in a mental health setting
  • Hold a full driver’s licence

About the forensic services:

Te Korowai Whariki comprises two clinical groupings – the Intellectual Disability Service Group (including national secure inpatient unit, the national youth ID facility, community services and NIDCA) and the Central Regional Services (including the Central Regional Forensic Mental Health Service, the Youth Forensic Service, Inpatient Rehabilitation and Extended Care Service.

The regional arm of Te Korowai-Whāriki includes the Central Regional Forensic Mental Health Service which operates at the interface between Mental Health Services and the Justice System and works within the following settings – prisons, courts, community, and inpatient.  The Service offers assessment and rehabilitation services to:

  • Defendants charged with criminal offences
  • Offenders who have psychiatric illness

The Service also provides consultation and liaison to general mental health services, including provision of cultural support with formal reviews and a network of community services based at Wellington, Wairarapa, Manawatu, Wanganui, Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne/East Coast.

About our organisation:

Capital and Coast DHB (CCDHB) is located centrally in Wellington and has over 6,000 full-time equivalent staff, making us one of the major employers in the Wellington region. CCDHB operates two hospitals – Wellington Regional Hospital in Newtown and Kenepuru Hospital in Porirua – as well as the Kapiti Health Centre at Paraparaumu. 

The Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Service (MHAIDS) spans three DHBs: Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast DHBs and includes local, regional and national services.  The local MHAIDS services are provided from multiple sites within the 3DHB sub-region – Greater Wellington, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa.

We embrace diversity and welcome applications from people of all gender identities, ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, disabilities and religions. A workforce that is diverse and inclusive means that we are better positioned to understand and serve our community.

CCDHB is a pro-equity health organisation, with a particular focus on Māori and Pacific people.

 CCDHB provides a range of specialist services including neurosurgery, oncology, neonatal intensive care and community based services including district nursing, rehabilitation services, social work, alcohol and drug services and home support services to a population of around 900,000 peole.

How to apply:

Applications will not be accepted via email. All candidates applying for any of our current vacancies must complete an online application form by clicking the ‘Apply Now’ button. Please ensure your uploaded CV and cover letter is in either Word or PDF format. For further information on this role please email 

                      Ma tini, ma mano, ka rapa te whai

                      By joining together we will succeed

Permanent/Full Time

Job no: AHMH011-20

Location: Kenepuru Hospital/Porirua

Closing Date: Thursday, 5 March 2020