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Practice Lead - Family Based Care - Townsville

Life Without Barriers (National)

Every day, Life Without Barriers provides support and care to children and young people, as we work collaboratively with families, carers, and communities, to ensure they have the environment they deserve to grow. With a focus on ensuring safety and respect, this is an opportunity to make a positive and meaningful difference in these young lives and help pave a brighter 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. Join a community of people dedicated to breaking down barriers.

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 background and people with disability to apply.

About the Organisation

Life Without Barriers is a leading social purpose, not for profit 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 background and people with disability to apply.

About the Role

We are seeking a Practice Lead to manage and lead our Child Youth and Family Foster Care program in Townsville. This is a client centred role that works in partnership with corporate and local teams to improve client outcomes.

The successful incumbent will support and work within the framework of organisational program initiatives, while managing a multi-disciplinary permanency support team by providing practice advice and support.

Our ideal candidate will be able provides local leadership in the coordination and facilitation of quality and safeguarding systems and processes whilst leading the team to achieve business plan outcomes. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide supervision and support to a multi-disciplinary team to deliver quality outcomes for children, young people and their families and carers.
  • Guide and support the implementation of quality carer assessments, supervision, supports and reviews in accordance with LWB policy and practice models.
  • Work co-operatively with Central Enquiry Team to ensure effective management of carer engagement, recruitment, supervision and support.
  • Embed the CARE approach locally by leading a multi-disciplinary service delivery team to provide, monitor and promote quality practice and continuous improvement in service delivery.
  • Provide input into the development of new programs and practice initiatives and translate these into practice.

Skills & Experience

  • Demonstrated experience, skills and knowledge in child protection / out of home care services / family support and preservation.
  • Demonstrated experience working with and using evidence informed practice models across multidisciplinary teams.
  • Experience in providing professional development through clinical supervision, training, coaching and monitoring.
  • Experience working in a culturally sensitive manner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and a willingness to work and train in culturally appropriate approaches. 

Essential Requirements

  • A tertiary qualification in social work, psychology or a relevant human service area.
  • Working knowledge of relevant QLD legislative and regulatory environment for areas of business responsibility.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in recruitment, assessment, supervision and support of foster carers.
  • Current unrestricted drivers 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

  • An attractive remuneration package will be offered to the successful applicant, including trade of tool vehicle, mobile phone and laptop + non for-profit tax reduction options.
  • Onsite shared parking options.
  • Supportive team environment.
  • Salary packaging tax benefits, meal entertainment benefit, novated leasing and more.
  • Growing organisation with great career opportunities.
  • 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: Practice Lead - Family Based Care - Townsville 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.

We are dedicated to playing our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and bring continuity of care and support to our clients. If you are successful, we will discuss with you an alternative to a face to face interview. 

 Life Without Barriers supports the Royal Commission into violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability. We believe people with disability need to be heard and for these experiences to influence how support services like ours are delivered. View our statement (https://bit.ly/2GzZGWA)

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