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Better Futures Support Worker

Employer: Youth Support and Advocacy Service
Work Type/s: Contract, Part Time
Classification/s: Social Work, Youth
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Melbourne

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

About us

Youth Support + Advocacy Service (YSAS) is Australia’s largest and most comprehensive, youth specific community service organisation that enables young people experiencing serious disadvantage to access the resources and support they require to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

YSAS is a Child Safe organisation. We actively promote the safety and wellbeing of young people, and are committed to protecting young people from harm or abuse who come into contact with and/or access our service. Applicants must undergo rigorous screening and recruitment processes, including providing evidence of current WWCC and National Police Check.

About the position

Better Futures is a post care service that is a new support model targeting young people aged 15 years and 9 months who are transition from Out of Home Care. In partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Mission Australia as the lead agency and other consortium partners are delivering Better Futures in the Southern Melbourne and Bayside Peninsula regions. The model promotes early Leaving Care planning and preparation and provides service response to young people who need support to ensure their transition from care to independent living.

There is the opportunity for young people to receive support until 21 years of age to strengthen their independent living skills and empower them to achieve their full potential. Better Futures will provide outcomes focused, flexible and tailored support to young people as they transition from out-of-home care. Underpinning the service delivery model is the adoption of the Advantaged Thinking Practice Approach, which focuses on working with young people to bring out, and invest in their talents and aspirations.

During the initial leaving care planning and preparation stage, Better Futures will primarily involve the provision of limited supports, including supporting the young persons’ Care Team in the development and refinement of transition planning. Better Futures supports will intensify six months prior to the young person transitioning from care and upon expiration of their Child Protection order. Better Futures will assume full case coordination responsibility.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Direct service activities,
  • Referral networks and pathways,
  • Administration,
  • Program development and evaluation.

For full details of the position, please view the POSITION DESCRIPTION below or visit our website

How to apply for this job

To support your application you must:

  1. Be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident and
  2. Complete the Application Form attached below and
  3. Send your current CV (in Word or PDF format only)

Applications received without addressing the Key Selection Criteria will not be considered.

Applications close: COB 26 September 2019 and should be addressed to:, using the subject line: Better Futures Support Worker application via EthicalJobs.

Interviews will be conducted on Monday 7th October, suitable applicants MUST be available for an interview on this day

Please note: As part of our Employment screening process you will be required to undertake a National Criminal History check and have a current Working With Children Check.

Further Enquiries

For a confidential discussion about the position, please contact Katrina Bould, Manager Community Programs at 03 9770 5622.

YSAS is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from all sectors of the community.

  • YSAS has a zero tolerance for child abuse and is committed to the provision of a child-safe organisation.

Due to the predicted volume of applications, please note you will only be contacted if you are successful in progressing to a first round interview.

Supporting materials  PD - Better Furtures Support Worker Sept 2019.docx.pdf
 Application Form - Better Futures Support Worker.docx