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Supporter of Carers - Toowoomba


Employer: Life Without Barriers
Work Type/s: Contract, Full Time
Classification/s: Family Services, Social Work
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Regional QLD

Job posted on: 11 September, 2019.
Applications close: 25 September, 2019.

  • 6 Months Max Term

About the Organisation

Life Without Barriers is a leading social purpose, not for profit organisation of 7000 employees working in more than 440 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

Guided by the six principles of the CARE model, the Supporter of Carers provides direct care and mentoring to carers for children and/or young people. Because of the life experiences and trauma histories that the children and young people in our care bring, this role must not only ensure adequate safety and supervision, but must be actively engaged in building positive relationships and solving problems as part of a team. LWB people in this role must offer energy, safety and commitment in their work with our children and young people through genuine, caring and sensitive engagement.

You will have the ability to build relationships, engage with people from diverse backgrounds and work in partnership to undertake rigorous Step by Step Assessments of applicant carers and deliver training packages including Shared Stories, Shared Lives.

You will play a vital role in working with the Department of Child Safety and other stakeholders to coordinate and maintain appropriate and well matched placements for children and young people.

Key Responsibilities 

  • Delivery of high quality Foster Carer recruitment, assessment and training
  • Supporting carers to provide a safe and nurturing environment that promotes the physical and emotional safety of children and young people
  • Utilise a high level of written and verbal communication skills for documentation, report writing and foster carer assessments
  • Conflict management and negotiation skills
  • Solid understanding of the Child Protection Act and relevant legislation requirements in Queensland (or willingness to learn)

Skills & Experience  

  • Degree in Social Work, Psychology or equivalent is highly desirable but not essential
  • Comprehensive understanding of the issues facing children and young people in foster care
  • An understanding of the requirements for Foster Carers and an ability to complete high quality initial and renewal foster carer assessments
  • Demonstrated relevant experience in Foster Care
  • Sound understanding of contemporary positive approaches to challenging behaviour
  • Knowledge of the Human Services sector
  • Understanding of the legislative requirements that operate for the care and protection of children (desirable)
  • Demonstrated ability to coach, train and provide support to others
  • Current 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  

  • Monthly RDO
  • Salary packaging tax benefits + tool of trade vehicle (reasonable private use)
  • Growing organisation with great career opportunities

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 here.

How to apply for this job

Include your resume and covering letter in one document, click here and follow the prompts.

For any enquiries including persons with disability that require adjustments, contact recruitment@lwb.org.au with subject heading: SupporterofCarerTWB enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as applications may be reviewed prior to the closing date; and as such the closing date is subject to change without notice. Current application closing date is the 25 September 2019.