At Aruma, we support people with disabilities to live great lives. It's the reason we exist - after all, why should anyone have to settle for anything less? And to make this a reality, we rely on the skill and commitment of our Aruma team.
Our Aruma team is an incredible bunch of people. They're bold, brave and courageous. They see possibilities where others may not. They stand up for the things that matter and stand together as a team. And while they're serious about human rights, they have a knack for finding joy in life - even in the most unexpected places.
When you're part of the Aruma team, you're not just supporting people. You're pioneering new paths, challenging assumptions, daring to think differently, and telling society to raise its bar higher.
We are currently seeking a Senior Children's Practitioner to provide leadership, consultation and advice to Children Services teams to support children with disabilities in Out of Home Care and other programs and enhance therapeutic service provision within Aruma.
What success looks like:
- Manage a small caseload including developing and monitoring intervention plans and strategies for supporting children with disabilities in care who are considered at high risk with complex needs.
- Review and enhance placement opportunities and skill development of children and young people in out-of-home care placements.
- Provide input and support around significant life transitions for children in Aruma placements, assisting the child/young person to develop skills to cope with these major changes, minimise the impact on them and ensure the viability of the transition.
- Participate in decision making regarding referral, intake, compatibility & transition of children and young people to residential services and other programs as needed.
- Consult and liaise as needed with children, hospital and community staff, carers/family members, and relevant agencies as appropriate, in relation to the child's needs, assessment, & treatment.
- Exercise independent professional judgment concerning the selection and application of principles, methods and techniques of therapeutic assessments and/or treatment.
- Actively participate in Therapeutic Support Services recruitment panels with support from the General Manager/Children's Therapeutic Supports Manager to select and retain suitably skilled and experienced additional Children's Therapeutic Support Services staff that will report to you
- Reporting to the GM Therapeutic Supports and collaborating with the GM Children's Services you will assist and contribute to service planning and formulation of policies and procedures for the newly established Therapeutic Support Services and Children's services teams.
- Work as part of a multi/trans-disciplinary model as part of Therapeutic Supports Services with a range of allied health professionals to provide a holistic and integrated approach to supports to Children in Out of Home Care.
Skills that make you stand out:
- A commitment to Aruma's code of conduct
- Have a minimum 3 years experience in the delivery of Therapeutic supports to children in care with complex support needs
- Relevant Tertiary Qualification in Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Disability or Social Sciences, AHPRA registration and/or membership of a relevant professional body.
- Have explicit knowledge of Trauma informed practice and Positive Behaviour Support principals including functional behaviour assessments, development of behaviour support plans and implementation processes
- Knowledge, understanding and commitment to the policies, procedures and delegations of Aruma, together with relevant policy and legislation relating to provision care to children in out of home care placements.
- Experience in delivering and evaluating relevant training for support staff
- Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills including high level written and problem solving skills, the capacity to impart knowledge and an ability to motivate others
- Demonstrated capacity to engage quickly and work effectively with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders including individuals, families, support teams, government agencies and specialist support services
- Demonstrated ability to utilise data collection tools, collate information, analyse and prepare reports for relevant stakeholders
- High level time management and case load management skills
- An ability to work autonomously as well as part of a team
- Working with Children Check and National Police Check clearance
- Current driver's licence and a willingness to drive as per role requirements
Be part of this dedicated, collaborative team and make a difference! We offer the benefits of flexibility, a competitive salary, the option of salary packaging up to $15,990 and career development opportunities. Apply Now!