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Live-in Carer (voluntary)


Employer: MacKillop Family Services
Work Type/s: Volunteer
Classification/s: Care & Support Work, Family Services, Housing & Homelessness, Youth
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Sydney

Job posted on: 22 February, 2017.
Applications close: No Deadline – please apply as soon as possible

The Live-in Carer is a volunteer whose role is to provide a supportive environment for young people; to care for them and meet their day to day needs; and to oversee the smooth running of the house.

The Live-in Carer will:

  • Provide a warm, safe and caring environment consistent with the young person’s needs and background, within the provided house;
  • Provide an environment which nurtures and stimulates the young person’s development, so as to achieve their potential;
  • Support the implementation of therapeutic case plans;
  • Provide practical support to young people in gaining access to, and maintaining involvement in education, recreation and health services;
  • Support the ongoing involvement of parents and family with their children;
  • Protect and respect the rights of the young person;
  • Provide accommodation services that reflect the organisation’s values, policies and practice frameworks including the Sanctuary model;
  • Comply with MacKillop Family Services policies including ensuring that young people are not disciplined physically and providing a non-smoking environment;
  • Comply with the Code of Conduct for Authorised Foster, Relative and Kinship Carers and MacKillop’s Foster Carer Agreement;
  • Maintain records and documentation as required;
  • Participate in relevant meetings relating to the young person.

The Live-in Carer will:

  • Live rent free within a fully furnished and maintained house provided by MacKillop;
  • Have access to a fully maintained motor vehicle;
  • Receive a fortnightly carer allowance to assist with the financial support of caring for the young people;
  • Have access to regular respite and 24-hour support.

The successful applicant/s will demonstrate the follow experience through a series of interviews and assessments:

  • Demonstrated experience in caring for young people;
  • Demonstrated understanding of youth behaviours and the ability to respond to their needs appropriately;
  • Ability to assist young people to maintain contact with their families where appropriate;
  • Willingness to work with the parents and families of the young people when appropriate;
  • Good communication and negotiation skills;
  • Commitment to maintaining confidentiality;
  • Ability to work as part of a team;
  • Understanding of their own capacities and limitations. 

Other Information

The incumbent is required to:

  • Become an authorised MacKillop Foster Carer;
  • Observe and actively support MacKillop’s WH&S policy and strategy;
  • Attend mandatory and other training as required.
  • Applicants must be Australian citizen or permanent resident.

The incumbent must possess a:

  • Valid drivers licence;
  • Satisfactory criminal history check;
  • Working with Children Check.

A full position description is attached below.

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