Choc Childhood: Social Worker

Choc Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 17 January, 2020
Opportunity type: 

CHOC is a non-profit organisation made up of caring, committed and passionate people who stand up for and support the well-being of children and teenagers diagnosed with cancer or life threatening blood disorders and their families. CHOC aims to save lives through early detection and making the journey of those who are affected by childhood cancer, less burdensome through the comprehensive support programmes we offer.
CHOC seeks to appoint a  Social Worker to be based in Paediatric Haematology Oncology Unit at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Soweto, Gauteng.

Reports to: CHOC Psychosocial Support Services Manager.

Start Date:  02 March 2020

Remuneration: Salary in the range R192k-R210k  per annum, CHOC makes contributions towards a pension fund as well as offers a medical aid subsidy.

The purpose of this position is to provide counselling and psychosocial support services to children diagnosed with cancer or life threatening blood disorders and their families.


  • Counseling:
    • Facilitate the counselling of and support to parents at the time of breaking bad news.
    • Provide individual and /or group counselling, regarding the diagnosis and treatment, to the patient and family (including siblings) from diagnosis onward.
    • Prepare the patient and/or parent/family for medical and treatment procedures.
    • Provide palliative, end-of-life care and support for the patient and family.
    • Provide counselling and/or crisis intervention at the time of a patient’s death.
    • Provide bereavement support for families. 
  • Supervision
    • Guide, supervise and mentor the CHOC Social Auxiliary Worker working in the POU.
  • Additional Service Delivery:
    • Network and consult with community organisations to enhance service delivery to the children and their families.
    • Assess, prepare and facilitate children who are well enough for the attendance of camps.
  •  Assessments:
    • Undertake psychosocial assessments of families and plan intervention accordingly, including other disciplines and resources as appropriate.
    • Facilitate statutory investigations as and when required under the Children’s Act no 38 of 2005. 
  • General and Administration:
    • Complete and submit monthly STAT reports within the first week of the month.
    • Keep accurate records/reports of the psychosocial support services and interventions provided.
  • Personal and Professional Growth:
    • Attend regular supervision with the PSSM and Psychosocial Team.
    • Attend 2 x a year the Psychosocial Support Staff Team meetings.
  • Ward and Team Meetings:
    • Attend hand-over and ward team meetings.
  • Educational Interventions:
    • Liaise with the hospital- and the patient’s home school about the implications of the treatment and eventual reintegration.
  • Ward Volunteers:
    • Assist the Programme Coordinator with the recruitment, selection and supervision of ward volunteers.
  •  Fundraising and Awareness:
    • Assist the region with awareness and fundraising events as and when required.
  •  Support Program:
    • Assist with the planning and organising of the annual Remembrance Service.
    • Assist with the planning and organising of the annual ward/year-end party.


  • Qualification:
    • A recognised BA Social Work Degree with majors in Social Work (Honours) and Psychology (Third year).
  • Registration:
    • Up to date proof of registration with the S.A. Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP).
  • Experience:
    • Minimum three years’ experience as a qualified social worker in the child/youth and/or health sector with experience in working within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Additional Training:
    • Computer literacy (MS Office) and good administrative skills.
  • Skills and Attributes:
    • Maturity, high stress tolerance, comfortable working in the field of loss, death and dying, ability to work independently yet as part of a team.
  • Recommendation:
    • Experience of working with children and their families compromised by life threatening illnesses or other life traumas.
  • Language Proficiency:
    • Fluency in English, Zulu, Sotho, Tswana and a good understanding of the other African languages spoken in the area.
  • Transport:
    • This position requires the successful candidate to have a valid unendorsed South African driver’s licence.

To apply submit your CV with the names and contact details of at least two recent referees as well as the following documentation to reach (subject line please indicate SW – CHBAH no later than Friday 17 January 2020:

  • Certified copy of your identity document
  • Certified copy of your driver’s licence
  • Certified copy of your degree certificate
  • Certified copy of your academic record
  • Certified copy of your SACSSP registration certificate and your 2019-20 registration card

​Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal

If you have not received a response by Monday 27 January 2020 consider your application unsuccessful.
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