OOHC Care Support Worker - Barnardos
Work Type/s: Full Time
Classification/s: Family Services, Social Work, Youth
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Canberra & ACT
Job posted on: 10 January, 2017.
Applications close: 27 January, 2017.
- Work for Barnardos one of Australia's leading children's charities
- Use your experience working with chilldren and families to make a difference
- Excellent staff benefits and opportunity for training and development
Barnardos is the Lead Agency in the ACT Together Consortium, combining and coordinating the OOHC Program resources of the five agencies in the ACT on behalf of the Territory Government in the care of some 750 children and young people: Barnardos Australia, OzChild, Australian Childhood Foundation, Premier Youthworks and Relationships Australia. ACT Together brings together all of the service elements designed to support children and young people who cannot live with their birth families.
The Barnardos Peer Support Worker offers emotional and practical support to all Barnardos Foster Carers and their families. The primary focus of the support, while child-centred, is on the carers and their families.
The Peer Support Worker may themselves be a Foster Carer (i.e. a 'Peer Carer Support Worker') or may not be a Foster Carer. In either case the Carer Support Worker is responsible for assisting Care families by increasing their skills through one on one mentoring and training while providing emotional and practical support as needed.
The ideal candidate will have experience in the provision and support to service delivery to children and young people, qualifications/experience in the provision of protective services, demonstrated knowledge of child development and the impacts of abuse and trauma, Demonstrated understanding of the special needs of children in disadvantaged families and understanding of issues related to working with volunteer carers and an ability to provide support services in complex situations.
Our desired candidate would have a higher qualification in Social Work, Welfare or relative Social Science tertiary qualifications.