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CHOC CHILDHOOD CANCER FOUNDATION SOUTH AFRICA                                               


POSITION: CHILD AND FAMILY SUPPORT COUNSELLOR, Half-day post serving Dr. George Mukhari Academic Hospital, Ga-Rankuwa.


START DATE:  02 July 2018 

MAIN PURPOSE: To provide counselling and psychosocial support services to children diagnosed with cancer or life threatening blood disorders and their families.

The incumbent’s job description entails but is not limited to the following.



  • 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 and 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.

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.


  • 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 the monthly STAT report within the first week of the month.
  • Keep accurate records/reports of the psychosocial support services and interventions provided.

 Personal and Professional Growth:

  • Attend weekly telephonic supervision with the PSSM.
  • 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 (Honours) with majors in Social Work and Psychology. Up to date proof of registration with the S.A. Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP).

Experience: Minimum one years’ experience as a qualified social worker in the child/youth and/or health sector with experience in working within an inter-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, Tswana and a good understanding of the main African languages spoken in the area.

Other: 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 no later than Monday 30th April 2018:

  • 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

If you have not received a response by Friday 18 May 2018 consider your application unsuccessful.