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2 Aug 2022

Contract Safeguarding Adults from Abuse Co-ordinator

The Personal Advocacy and Safeguarding Adults Trust  Anywhere, Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland, Bay of Plenty $28.35 - $38 /hr

Job Description


The Personal Advocacy and Safeguarding Adult Trust (PASAT) was established in 1967 and offers a range of Safeguarding Supports for Adults with care and support needs in New Zealand.


PASAT is now looking for a person to work part-time as a Safeguarding Adults from Abuse (SAFA) Coordinator.  Safeguarding Adults from Abuse means protecting and promoting the human rights, health, safety and wellbeing of Adults at Risk. This enables people to live the life they choose, free from harm, abuse and neglect.

The caseload and referrals are received from anywhere in the country, and as such we will consider applicants from anywhere in the country. The work of the SAFA Coordinator is largely completed remotely and online, and will draw heavily on your communication, networking, and collaboration skills. We are a paperless organisation and all staff are equipped with a laptop and mobile phone to allow them to remotely access our systems for communication and reporting.

Some of your tasks include:

  • Provide advice, guidance and prompt, high quality responses to all SAFA enquiries.
  • Establish a professional’s group that can be convened to meet the specific needs of the adult at risk.
  • Coordinate the ongoing multi agency response of the professional’s group, directed by the person and a human rights approach
  • Ensure timely communication and sharing of information between parties
  • Provide education and training on Safeguarding principles and strategies
  • This position may involve work outside of normal business hours.
  • Travel within New Zealand may be required.
  • Applicants for this position must have valid New Zealand work status


  • This role is offered as a fixed term contract position, however PASAT is also open to framing it as a permanent casual position, or fixed term and part time employment. There is also scope and likelihood for the hours to grow over time.
  • This role is offered on a fixed term contract of 12 months, with the likelihood that the role would be renewed thereafter (conditional on funding).
  • The required hours of the role will likely fluctuate as referrals are received, but it is anticipated to be an average of 10 – 15 hours per week.  This lends the position to pairing well with other employment or life commitments. These hours are flexible and the successful candidate would manage their own work schedule.
  • Remuneration is paid at an hourly rate, with a pay band between $28.35 and $38 an hour, guided by the experience and skill set of the applicant.


A background in and understanding of:

  • Working with people with a learning disability, or who are neurodiverse or have a cognitive impairment
  • advocacy
  • Community or social work in a multi-disciplinary setting
  • Adults at Risk (sometimes referred to in legislation as ‘vulnerable adults’)
  • Disability and the disability and healthy system

Can demonstrate an understanding and practical application of:

  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its implications for Adults at Risk
  • United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), and international Human Rights framework
  • New Zealand Disability Strategy
  • Enabling Good Lives – Principles
  • Te Aorerekura – The National Strategy for the Elimination of Family Violence and Sexual Violence
  • Crimes Amendment Act 2011 as it pertains to Vulnerable Adults
  • PPPR Act and other legislation as they pertain to mental capacity
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the national and international legal and research and political context of the human rights of people with intellectual disability
  • Understanding of the social context and services impacting on the welfare of Adults at Risk
  • Understanding of the nature and dynamics of family violence and its effects on Adults at Risk


  • Demonstrates Person Centred practises
  • Able to discern and respond to signs and indicators of distress, abuse and neglect
  • Has strong facilitation skills, including chairing complex meetings
  • Developed personal and interpersonal skills and able to engage with a wide range of people and community agencies
  • Keen awareness of advocacy in the disability sector, and networking skills with other supporting organisations
  • Competent with use of communication technologies, electronic reporting, and is computer literate.
  • Communication – oral and written, including report writing
  • Able to work collaboratively, be self-directed and flexible
  • Excellent organisational and time management skill and the ability to work under pressure
  • Sound judgement and decision making
  • Is clear about professional and personal boundaries

If you are keen to build strong relationships, work part-time with people with disabilities, and provide a mix of support, advocacy and encourage members to become more independent – then we urge you to apply!

On appointment you will become part of an established team of Advocates, Safeguarding Coordinators and Wellbeing Navigators spread across New Zealand guided by our National Office. You must be able to work collaboratively and independently, to undertake training, and be highly organised, in what is both challenging and highly rewarding work.

We are always on the hunt for passionate people keen to have impact and eliminate social injustice. There is the potential for the successful candidate to work across other PASAT service streams, including:

  • as an Advocate responding to short term advocacy referrals to resolve a specific issue or concern.
  • as a Wellbeing Navigator for Survivors of Abuse engaging with The Royal Commission of Inquiry in to Abuse in State Care.

Search tags: Safeguarding/ Supported Decision Making / Advocacy / Advocate / Social Work / Disability / Community / Flexible / Work from Home / Part Time / Casual / Contract / Support Work / Family Violence / Sexual Violence / Abuse Prevention

Applications close 5pm Friday 26th August 2022.For the full Job Description(s) please refer to this job listing, or email [email protected]. To apply for this position please directly by emailing a cover letter and CV to [email protected].

For all enquiries please contact Erika Butters on 022 088 7429  or email [email protected].

Job Category: Community Services and Development (other). Job Type: Contract.

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