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Childhood Cancer Foundation (CHOC) Recent Opportunity – Job Ref: 84

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CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit organisation that provides support for children suffering from cancer and life-threatening blood disorders as well as their families.

Job Title: Child and Family Support Counsellor
Job Location: Polokwane
Salary: R162 000 to R180 000 per annum cost to Company with no other benefits except an annual cost of living salary adjustment and a retirement plan
Report to: CHOC Psychosocial Support Services Manager
Start date: 06 May 2019

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



  • 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 two 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 Programme:

  • Assist with the planning and organising of the annual Remembrance Service
  • Assist with the planning and organising of the annual ward/year-end party


  • 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)
  • Minimum one years’ experience as a qualified social worker in the child/youth and/or health sector with experience in working within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Computer literacy (Mircosoft Office) and administrative skills
  • Maturity, high stress tolerance, comfortable working in the field of loss, death and dying, ability to work independently yet as part of a team
  • Experience of working with children and their families compromised by life threatening illnesses or other life traumas
  • Fluency in English, Sepedi and understanding of the main African languages spoken in the area
  • A valid unendorsed South African driver’s licence

To apply, submit your CV with the names and contact details of two recent referees as well as the following documentation to reach use CFSC Polokwane in the subject line

  • Certified copy of your identity document
  • Certified copy of your driver’s licence
  • Certified copy of your social auxiliary work qualification certificate
  • Certified copy of your academic record
  • Certified copy of your SACSSP registration certificate

If you have not received a response by Wednesday 06 March 2019 consider your application unsuccessful.

For more about the Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa, refer to

Application Deadline: 15th Feb, 2019

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