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Case Manager - Child, Youth and Family

Life Without Barriers (National)

About the organisation

Every day, Life Without Barriers offers support and care to children. We want every one of those children to feel as safe and respected as they should and, working collaboratively, we strive towards the best outcomes for their future. These children and young people depend on the supports you can offer them, you can be part of their journey to a better future.

Life Without Barriers is a leading social purpose organisation of 8,000 employees working in more than 500 communities across Australia. We support children, young people and families, people with disability, older people, and people with mental illness. We work with people who are homeless and refugees and asylum seekers.  

We want to employ people who reflect the diversity of our clients to ensure we can support each client's individual needs and wants. We encourage people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds and people with disability to apply.

About the role

The purpose of the Child and Family Practitioner position is to provide a high level of skilled support and supervision to the placement of children and young people in a family-based care arrangement.  The successful candidate will hold a caseload of children and young people and will be required to build a rapport with the child/young person, conduct regular home visits, work with the care team and implement Looking After Children (LAC) requirements.

This position is being offered as permanent full-time, and can be based in either Sunshine and/or South Morang. This role will require travel across the metro area and as required to regional areas. There may also be a requirement to work outside business hours. A Tool of Trade vehicle (including fuel card) will also be allocated to the successful candidate.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain functional and supportive relationships with children/young people, foster carers, families, and wider care team members in order to promote positive outcomes.
  • Working to KPI’s with a heavy focus on administrative reporting
  • Develop and implement care plans for children and young people in care, including monitoring their health, education, and behaviour needs.  
  • Provide ongoing support and supervision to carers
  • Support and monitor placements ensuring carers participate in case planning process
  • Participate in on-call roster as required

Skills & Experience

  • Degree in Social Work, Social Science, Psychology or Human Services
  • Experience within casework practice for children and young people
  • Experience working with children and young people in out of home care and Foster carers 
  • Experience developing quality case plans or individual plans 
  • Demonstrated experience working autonomously with multiple clients simultaneously
  • Experience working with individuals, families, or groups from a culturally appropriate perspective
  • High-level communication, influencing, liaison, negotiation, and mediation skills
  • Willingness to engage in LWB evidence-based trauma training.
  • Knowledge of the legislative requirements of supporting children and young people in out-of-home care.
  • Ability to maintain positive relationships with individuals, whilst being able to have honest and at times difficult conversations.
  • Current unrestricted driver licence

Successful candidates will be required to clear probity checks including National Criminal History Record Check and Working with Children Check (where relevant to the role).

Benefits

  • Learn from a supportive and experienced community Practice of practitioners
  • An attractive remuneration package will be offered to the successful applicant, including salary packaging tax benefits, a mobile phone, laptop, and Tool of Trade Vehicle with fuel card.
  • Work for one of Australia's largest social purpose organisations
  • Monthly RDO  

How to Apply

Include your resume and covering letter in one document, click ‘Apply’ and follow the prompts.

For any enquiries including persons with disability that require adjustments, contact recruitment@lwb.org.au using the subject line: Case Manager - Child, Youth and Family enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as applications are continuously reviewed prior to the closing date; and as such the closing date is subject to change without notice. 

Please note: Mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for this position, in accordance with relevant Public Health Orders across all States and Territories. In these circumstances, evidence of vaccination will be required prior to an offer of employment.

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