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Team Leader - Youth Justice & Continuing Care Programs

Wombat Housing Support Services


Wombat Housing and Support Services is one of the largest providers of housing and support services to people in the Western Metro Region. It is a community based organisation managed by a Board.

Wombat also manages the North & West Homelessness Services Network Secretariat and is the auspice body for the LGBTI+ Family Violence and Homelessness Project. 

Youth Justice Housing Pathways Initiative & Continuing Care Housing & Support Initiative 

The Youth Justice Housing Pathways Initiative & The Continuing Care Housing and Support Initiative are designed to facilitate a smooth transition into the community for young people who are leaving DHHS care or exiting Youth Justice Centres. 

The programs are designed to:

  • assist young people to develop the skills needed to manage independent living and
  • find long-term housing. 

The Youth Justice Housing Pathways Initiative is provided by Wombat in partnership with the Youth Justice Community Support Service, a consortium providing support services to young people who are exiting the Youth Justice system on parole in the North & West region.

Wombat’s Pathways & Continuing Care Programs employ three support workers who each work across both the youth justice & the protective areas. The programs have nomination rights for transitional properties managed by Unison & SAHV. All properties are sole tenancies. Referrals for the programs are received directly from Youth Justice & Protective Services. Workers also work on an outreach basis with clients who are not in transitional housing. 

Support is provided using a case management model. The program aims to link young people into appropriate specialist supports and to assist them achieve their long-term housing goals.

Wombat’s Pathway-to-Independence Program 

Wombat’s Pathway-to-Independence Program is an innovative housing transition program for young people aged 17 to 21 that are exiting DHHS Care (residential, foster or kinship care). The program has been funded until June 2020 and has the potential to be re-funded subject to evaluation. 

The primary objective of the Program is to work with young people who are assessed as having low to moderate needs and who are able to demonstrate a willingness to engage with support and to live in a shared setting with outreach support. The Program will assist participants to develop the life skills necessary to enable them to attain independence and long-term housing stability. 

The program employs two support workers.

About the role

The team Leader provides support to staff members in the Youth Justice, Continuing Care and Pathways to independence programs.

The role includes:

  • Liaison with YJ consortium, Protective services and other external stakeholders
  • Attendance at relevant meetings including YJ liaison meetings (formal & informal) and the Continuing Care Alliance.
  • Supervision and support to program staff
  • Liaison with Transitional Housing Managers
  • Monitoring program systems to ensure standards are maintained
  • Convening and chairing team meetings
  • Managing caseloads of the team
  • Ensuring data collection is up to date
  • Some client work may be required from time to time
  • Other duties as directed

Key selection criteria

  • Experience in case management
  • Experience in a co-ordination/team leader position
  • Experience in the development of innovative service responses
  • A high level of understanding and experience in working with the child protection and youth justice systems
  • An understanding of the purpose of supervision and the capacity to deliver individual supervision to staff
  • High level of time management and organisational skills
  • Established ability to work autonomously as well as a member of a team
  • A good understanding of developments and initiatives within the sector
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with key stake holders

A full position description is attached.

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