Social Worker - Stepping Stones Programme

Job Description


We are offering a unique opportunity to work within an interdisciplinary team that adopts a holistic, integrated approach to health and wellbeing for young people.
We are looking for someone who is passionate, creative, and ambitious to join our team.
If you want leadership opportunities that will extend and advance your career in a supportive environment, please apply.

Kapiti Youth Support - KYS - Is a leading, award winning, and innovative
health and social support services for young people aged 10-24 years on the Kapiti Coast. KYS is committed to providing the most effective services to meet the health and wellbeing needs of Kapiti youth, within the context of their family and community. KYS has been operating for over 22 years and currently has more than 5400 young people accessing services. All services are provided free of charge for young people aged 10 – 24 years.

Services and programmes offered at KYS include: GP and nursing services, psychology, counselling, alcohol and drug counselling, social work, mentoring, young parent support, advice and programmes, peer support, transition to work, financial capability (budgeting), youth development and education programmes, supporting young people and young parents receiving a Work & Income benefit and 16 & 17-year-old NEETS (Not in Education or Employment).

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones – SS is funded through the Ministry of Social Development (Youth Justice) and its primary aim is to decrease youth offending and/or deter young people from offending. It is a strength based group programme with an emphasis on adventure-based therapy, for young people aged between 12-18years who may be showing signs of challenging behaviour within their school or community. The aim of the programme is to help each young person develop their confidence, build on their strengths, explore their identity, and build positive connections within their whanau and community. SS adopts an ecological approach and aims to connect young people to each other through prosocial activities. SS provides one to one support for each young person in the group programme and supports them to identify and develop goals that are specific to their individual need. The social worker will support the young person, their whanau, engagement in learning and community activities.

SS works closely with other community services such as Police, Youth Justice, Education, and Mental Health.

The successful candidate will also be expected to take on a leadership role within the SS team. This includes coordinating and motivating other staff working within the programme and ensuring we are adhering to our contractual obligations.

The person we are looking for will have:
• Relevant tertiary qualification (minimum BSW)
• Leadership and facilitation skills
• Ability to work as part of a team without direct supervision, committed to delivering a quality service.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and effective communication skills at all levels while working to deadlines and several jobs concurrently.
• Demonstrated ability to network with a wide range of community agencies.
• Knowledge of current issues facing young people – particularly those from troubled and disadvantaged environments.
• Innovative ethos of practice that places a high value on youth development through participation, while demonstrating the ability to be non-judgmental.
• An understanding of youth culture and an ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people.
• Demonstrated ability to practice from bi-cultural and multi-cultural perspective.
• Commitment to and working knowledge of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its principles.
• Knowledge of social theory, ethical standards and practice.
• Demonstrated commitment to continuing own professional/personal development, with the ability to be self-reflective.
• Knowledge and understanding of the Social Workers Code of Ethics.
• Knowledge and understanding of the Oranga Tamariki Act (1989) and other relevant legislation.
• A current and full driver’s license
• A good sense of humor
• Ability to lead, communicate and coordinate the care approach with the other Stepping Stone team members

Hours of work are 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday between the hours of 8.30am – 5.30pm.
Remuneration is competitive and negotiable dependent on qualifications, skills and experience

We offer a supportive, caring and dynamic environment to work in, with highly trained and motivated professionals who love their work. We have a culture of respect, professionalism, “going the extra mile” and fun, and have a busy and active social club. If you feel you would fit this environment and meet the above requirements, do not delay! Apply online.
For more information about Kapiti Youth Support go to

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

Job type:

Full Time


Kapiti Coast