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Youth Worker - Lismore

MacKillop Family Services

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We are looking for compassionate people that can be positive role models, give emotional support and are capable of building trust and rapport with staff and young people within our Intensive Therapeutic Care Program.

This is a Permanent Part Time position based in Lismore, NSW.

Vaccination against COVID-19 may be a requirement of appointment to this position.

Our offer:

  • Generous Salary Packaging up to $18,500 (helps increase your take home pay)
  • Ongoing Training and Development
  • Study Leave for ongoing employees
  • Career Development
  • Click HERE to find out more about becoming a member of the MacKillop Family Services team and what further support we have to offer our employees.

Position purpose:

The Intensive Therapeutic Care (ITC) Youth Worker is responsible for the delivery of high quality residential supports that promote the emotional, social and behavioural needs of vulnerable children and young providing Intensive Therapeutic Care.

The ITC Youth Worker works closely with the ITC Caseworker, Therapeutic Specialists, House Managers and other ITC staff to provide therapeutic care to support young people to heal from trauma and achieve their full potential.

DCJ is implementing a new ITC system to support children and young people with high and complex needs who are either unable to be supported in foster care or require specialised and intensive supports to maintain stability in their care arrangements. Complex mental health, disability, emotional and behavioural issues are characteristics of these children and young people, resulting in behaviours that often present a risk to themselves and others in their immediate environment.

The ITC system will:

  • Provide Therapeutic Care
  • Have a strong focus on recovery from trauma
  • Provide an alternative to long term residential care
  • Do more to protect and keep children and young people safe
  • Provide clear pathways to less intensive service types and permanency
  • Provide a broader range of placement options for children and young people to achieve outcomes around mental health, physical health and education.

The position will contribute to the transition of services from the former residential care system to the new ITC system and service requirements.

Primary objectives:

  • Provide trauma-informed services that achieve positive outcomes for young people and their families;
  • Provide young people with safety, stability, predictability and consistency by implementing the house guidelines and supporting the implementation of individual strategies and case plans;
  • Participate in team meetings, house meetings and case review meetings to ensure that young people receive services that meet their needs.

Key selection criteria:

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Minimum qualification requirements for this position is a Diploma of Youth Work, Community Services or equivalent;
  • New staff joining must have the minimum qualifications;
  • Existing staff have a transition period to gain the minimum qualifications;
  • Staff with experience may be eligible to apply for RPL;
  • Aboriginal staff - a qualification is desirable but experience and willingness; to participate in training is essential;
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in youth services, residential care or supported accommodation;
  • Knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal culture and values and an awareness of the current issues faced by Aboriginal children, young people and their families;
  • Demonstrated experience working therapeutically with children and young people who have experience significant challenges and trauma;

For a full listing please review Position Description.

You must have a:

  • Valid and current Driver’s Licence;
  • Satisfactory Criminal History Check;
  • Valid Working with Children Check;
  • Valid and current NDIS Workers Screening Check

The Australian Government recently introduced the NDIS Worker Screening Check, an additional, national legislated compliance requirement to determine if a person is cleared to work with people with disability. MacKillop requires all client facing staff obtain the NDIS Worker Screening Check. An employment application will require the submission of evidence that this check has been attained or an application has been submitted.

For more information and how to apply please view: New South Wales: Office of the Children’s Guardian

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply for this position.

How to Apply: Click 'Apply Now' where you will be directed to proceed with your application via the Ethical Jobs website.

Please make sure you address the selection criteria as outlined in the attached PD as part of your application.

For more information, please contact:

Bruce Tucker at bruce.tucker@mackillop.org.au using the subject line: Youth Worker - Lismore enquiry via EthicalJobs.

It is our goal that MacKillop Family Services continues to evolve as a culturally safe, culturally competent, and welcoming organisation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people, families, and communities.

Shortlisting for this position may commence immediately so please submit your application as soon as possible.

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