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Practice Lead - Family Based Care - Townsville

Life Without Barriers (National)
  •  Permanent Full Time

Please note: To be considered for and appointed to a position at Life Without Barriers, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or hold a valid medical exemption certificate.  You will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status during the recruitment process.

About the Organisation

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 Role

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

In this role, you 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.

To be successful in this role you will confidently provide local leadership in the coordination and facilitation of quality and safeguarding systems and processes whilst leading the team to achieve business plan outcomes.

This role is being offered as permanent full-time. This role is based at our office in Townsville. A Tool of Trade vehicle (including fuel card) will also be allocated to the successful candidate.

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
  • Proficient in best practice CARE and TCI Implementation
  • 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 driver's 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).


  • 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: 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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