Title:Lead Professionaldevelopmentadvisor Children S Team

Title:Lead Professionaldevelopmentadvisor Children S Team

Title:Lead ProfessionalDevelopmentAdvisor – Children’s Team

Group:Children and Families, Southern

Reports to:Children’s Team Director

Location:(region specific)

Direct Reports:Nil



About us / Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children is a new Ministry 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.
Our vision / Our vision is: New Zealand values the wellbeing of tamariki above all else.
Our purpose / Our purpose is: To ensure that all tamariki are in loving whānau and communities where oranga tamariki can be realised.
The Oranga Tamariki way / We’re introducing a new way of doing things. A way of looking at the world that guides everything we do:

Our core outcomes / Our core outcomes are:
-All children and young people are in loving families and communities where they can be safe, strong, connected, and able to flourish
-Improved outcomes for all children, especially tamariki and rangatahi Māori.


-The Children’s Team is funded and operated by the Ministry to support children and young people, and their families and whānau with multiple, complex needs that puts them at significant risk of maltreatment, but below the statutory threshold.
-They enable us to invest earlier in a child, young person (and their family and whānau) to address the underlying causes of their vulnerability to enable them to thrive in their own homes and prevent them reaching the stage where statutory intervention is required.
-The first Children's Teams were established in 2013 to “ensure that children at risk of maltreatment are identified early, have their needs areassessed, and receive services to achieve outcomes”.
-There are now Children’s Teams within eight of the 11 Ministry regional sites across New Zealand.
-Children’s Teams are not a service as such. Instead, they facilitate a cross-agency response for a child or young person, which is led by a professional drawn from (and funded by) an agency partner or NGO.
-The ‘lead professional’ coordinates a trans-disciplinary response, bringing together a whole of child assessment with the purpose of identifying the underlying causes to the presenting concerns, developing a single, cross-agency plan, engaging the required services, and monitoring progress.
-This group of professionals and practitioners forms the Child Action Network (CAN) for a child.
-The work of the lead professional and CAN is overseen by a local panel of expert clinicians and supported by a Local Governance Group. Both the panel and the governance group are drawn from partner agencies, NGO, iwi Māori and the wider community.
-The Children’s Team approach relies on partner agencies and non-government organisations (NGOs) providing and funding the lead professionals, local expert panels and Local Governance Groups, as well as the additional services identified in the Child’s Plan.
Position purpose
The purpose of the Lead Professional Development Advisor is as a practice resource to build agency/sector lead professional capability working within the children’s team practice model in their community.
The position sits within community agencies/sectors.
The outcomes of the position are to improve the quality of practice:
-to deliver a timely, intensive, multidisciplinary and coordinated response, documented
-inthe assessment and plan records, to demonstrate plan goals have been achieved and the child is no longer at significant future risk of neglect and abuse and their needs are progressing to being met in a sustainable way.
The focus of the Lead Professional Development Advisor’swork will be determined by where the agency/sector identifies the resource will be most effectively used. This may be working directly with practitioners, practice supervisors, educators and/or their line-managers.


Key Result area / Key Accountabilities
Provide practice supervision / -Individual case supervision to Lead Professional’s in their Children’s Team work
-Group practice supervision to practitioners in their Children’s Team work.
Provide quality assurance activities / -Undertake case reviews
-Undertake documentation auditsof assessment and plan records.
Provide practice support / -Co-work cases with Lead Professionals.
Provide practice training in Children’s Team practice model / -Practice response
-Practice foundations
-Practice process.
Provide coaching and mentoring in Children’s Team process / -Case management
-Engagement and relationship building
-Assessment and analysis within Tuituia framework
- Planning within Child’s Action Plan
-Assessment and planning recording
-Team work/facilitation
Being part of the Oranga Tamariki team / -Actively and positively participate as a member of the team
-Proactively look for opportunities to improve the operations of Oranga Tamariki
-Perform any other duties as needed by Oranga Tamariki
-Comply with and support all health and safety policies, guidelines and initiatives
-Ensure all incidents, injuries and near misses are reported into our H&S reporting tool
-Comply with all legislative and regulatory requirements, and report any breaches as soon as they become known
-Adhere to all Oranga Tamariki procedures, policies, guidelines, and standards of integrity and conduct
-Commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi and respect and incorporate these into your work.


Internal / -Children’s Team Director
-Children’s Team staff
-Workforce Lead
-Other Ministry staff as appropriate, including Operations staff.
External / -Lead Professionals
-Home Agencies
-Relevant sector stakeholders


Qualifications / -A relevant tertiary qualification in social, health or education disciplines with specialty focus on child and family wellbeing or the ability to demonstrate extensive relevant experience and record of service delivery
-A clean, current driver’s licence is essential.
Experience / -Senior practice leadership experience in the health, education and/or social service sector
-A working knowledge of the Treaty of Waitangi and its application in the health and social service sector
-Ability to facilitate the resolution of complex problems
-Experience in delivery of services to children and families.
Skills / -Excellent interpersonal communication skills
-High level of self-motivation, judgement, objectivity and integrity
-Ability to conceptualise and think creatively, and to understand and discuss issues from either a policy, operational or reporting viewpoint
-Experience in and demonstrated ability to use influence to improve practice
-Demonstrated commitment to the knowledge base underpinning Oranga Tamariki’s practice (the practice framework and core competency framework) and the ability to communicate this effectively to others
-Demonstrated ability to work in collaborative peer and other stakeholder relationships
-A high level of intellectual and analytical ability, and capacity to work with an interdisciplinary perspective
-Ability to use skills and influence to produce effective outcomes.
Other requirements / -Willing to travel to fulfil job requirements
-Holds current clean driver’s licence and is prepared to drive the Ministry’s vehicles if required.

Position Description – Lead Professional Development Advisor – Children’s Team 1