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Youth Worker - Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander - Milton


Employer: Life Without Barriers
Work Type/s: Part Time
Classification/s: Indigenous, Social Work, Youth
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Brisbane & Gold Coast

Job posted on: 12 September, 2019.
Applications close: 26 September, 2019.

  • Part time position - Working across the Brisbane region
  • Competitive hourly rate and access to salary packaging | Starting rate $29.77
  • Hope & Healing bonus of $300 in recognition for completing all 10 modules prior to starting your first day 

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 experience to apply.

About the Role

Life Without Barriers considers that being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent is a genuine occupational requirement as outlined in State and Territory legislation and permitted as a ‘special measure’ under section 8 of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) and by articles 1(4) and 2(2) of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

Guided by the six principles of the CARE model, the Youth Worker provides direct care and mentoring of children and/or young people with a wide range of responsibility for specialised program activities, child/young person development and supervision, and promotion of a safe environment. Activities may take place in community settings or in the child or young person’s home.

Because of the life experiences and trauma histories that the children and young people in our care bring, this role must not only provide 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.

Ideally, we are seeking candidates that have experience working with children and young people that display complex and challenging behaviours as well as children with dual mental health and disability diagnosis.

Please note: our residential services in Brisbane run a 24/7 roster model and the successful candidates will be required to work weekends, sleepovers, and public holidays.

Key Responsibilities

  • Form and maintain professional, nurturing relationships with children and young people by building trust through visible interest and active engagement
  • Act as an appropriate adult role model, seeking to engage young people in purposeful activities aimed at developing life skills and self-worth
  • Support the involvement of family and where applicable, facilitate family visits/connection and the promotion of positive family relationships with children and young people, to suit individual needs
  • Promote and encourage positive relationships with peers and other persons significant to the child/young person
  • Assist the child/young person to participate as full as possible in making decisions about the activities undertaken 
  • Provide daily care, supervision and transport to children and young people in our care guided by the CARE practice model.
  • Support the routines of children and young people through assisting and supervising transitions, such as wake-up, bedtime, personal care routines, completion of chores and laundry, meals, meal preparation, recreational activities, homework supervision and assistance.
  • Demonstrate an empathetic understanding of complex trauma, incorporating this understanding into everyday interactions, as well as responding to pain-based behaviour in a sensitive, trauma-informed way.

Highly Regarded - Experience working in the OOHC/Residential Care.

Skills & Experience

  • Either hold and maintain; or be actively working towards a Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (Residential Care) or a recognised relevant qualification. If working towards a recognised relevant qualification, the qualification must be attained by no later than 30 June 2020.
  • Valid unrestricted Australian drivers licence.
  • Valid Senior First Aid Certificate and CPR Certification.
  • Complete Hope and Healing Framework Foundations prior to commencement  

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

  • Rewarding role with extensive opportunities for professional development
  • Competitive hourly rate and access to salary packaging through Maxxia
  • Permanent part time position

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, here and follow the prompts. For any enquiries including persons with disability that require adjustments, contact recruitment@lwb.org.au using the subject line: Youth Worker - Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander - Milton 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 26th September 2019.