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Student Wellbeing Worker - Newcastle

Employer: Wesley Mission
Work Type/s: Contract, Part Time
Classification/s: Education & Training, Social Work, Youth
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Regional NSW

Job posted on: 12 September, 2019.
Applications close: 27 September, 2019.

  • Based in Newcastle
  • Part time, 10 hours per week throughout the school term
  • Contracted until December 2020 (intention to extend based on funding)

About us

Wesley Mission is a high profile, multi-faceted Christian organisation making a real difference in the community. We work with the most disadvantaged in our community by providing over 200 services ranging from aged care, homeless services, child and family care, counselling, employment, training and education, and health services.

Our Vision is “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”

About the program

Wesley Mission has a real mission – to reach out to a community with real needs. Through witness, work and with the help of supporters we can turn lives around for good. As part of Wesley’s Community and Family Care group, the Student Well Being Worker is partially funded by the Department of Education and the school community itself, to work closely with the school learning and support team or wellbeing committee by delivering student resilience and wellbeing services. The Student Well Being Worker will provide services via groups and one-on-one short and long term interventions to children and youth at a local Public School, who are exploring social skills, healthy relationships and work with young people and their families to identify strategies to stabilise and enhance their health and wellbeing.

  • Brief, short-term and long-term early intervention support to young people aged 5-13years
  • information, referral and brief assistance
  • develop locally tailored partnerships
  • facilitation of groups within the school systems in response to school community need and in consultation with the school principal
  • Attending Parents & Citizens’ or equivalent parent body meetings as required providing details of the program and the services that are available.

About the role

The Student Wellbeing Worker (SWW) is a role that is a part of the Wesley Newcastle Child, Youth and Family team. The SWW will work out of a local public school in the Newcastle area providing one on one support, group and referrals to specialist services to support and enhance student’s wellbeing.

Wesley Mission provides regular supervision and support for all staff as well as range of opportunities for professional development and staff benefits. This is a child-related position and preferred applicants will be required to undergo a working with children’s check and criminal record history check.

Essential criteria

  • Cert IV in youth work with relevant experience. The qualification must include competencies in ‘mental health’ and ‘making appropriate referrals’
  • Outline your experience of facilitating groups with young people and describe what you consider to be the key components of effective group leadership
  • Ability to engage children, young people and families at the point of initial service contact, and build relationships of trust and cooperation
  • A passion for and experience in collaborating with young people experiencing complex disadvantage including racism, sexism, Islamophobia, transphobia and homophobia
  • A strong history of having authentic conversations with young people about their safety, family dynamics and other tough conversations
  • Proven ability to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. A strong knowledge of the impacts of colonolisation and the subsequent barriers this creates for First Nations Peoples
  • High level written and verbal communication skills, with experience developing case summaries and completing child protection reports and entering this information into electronic client management systems
  • The role requires highly organised, enthusiastic and self- motivated people. Please provide recent examples where you’ve demonstrated these qualities
  • Demonstrated ability to have conversations with young people and their families about child protection matters. Please outline your process of informing young people about child protection reports and the follow up reporting processes.
  • Working knowledge of the local sector
  • Willingness to affirm Wesley Mission’s vision, mission and values
  • Current NSW or National driver’s license and working with children’s check

Desirable criteria

  • Qualifications/training in group programs that are tailored to children and young people
  • Qualifications and/or experience in working with young people who have emerging or early signs of mental ill health


Salary and employment conditions are in accordance with the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010, Level 4, with capacity for salary packaging. Superannuation is paid in addition at 9.5%.

Please find a copy of the Position Description attached below.

How to apply for this job

Please send in your most recent resume and a cover letter addressing the essential and desirable criteria set out above to:

Amy Clark
Program Manager, Wesley Child, Youth & Family Services, Newcastle using the subject line: Student Wellbeing Worker - Newcastle application via EthicalJobs.

Applications Close: Friday 27th September 2019, 5:00pm.

Applicants need to submit their response to the essential criteria to be eligible for review

Wesley Mission is a Christian organisation requiring all staff to affirm its values. We are committed to providing an environment in which children can feel safe and valued.

The suitable applicant will be subject to the relevant pre-employment checks for appointment to positions within Wesley Mission (including provision of a valid Working with Children Check clearance number). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Supporting materials  Position Description - Student Wellbeing Worker.pdf