- Job posted on: 7th Apr 2021
- Applications close:
For over 140 years, Berry Street has adapted to a changing world, and we will continue to adapt to achieve our purpose. We believe children, young people and families should be safe, thriving and hopeful. Our Vision for 2022: Together we will courageously change lives and reimagine service systems. We look forward to working with children, young people, families, carers, staff and partners to achieve this vision. Together.
Better Futures is a new way of supporting care leavers, engaging with young people and their support networks, including case managers and care teams early in their transition from care, and supporting young people across five service offers, housing and living skills, education, employment, health and wellbeing and community connections. Young people are provided with levels of support which flex up and down according to their needs, existing support networks and the transition goals they have identified.
Depending on the Victorian restrictions at the time of the successful applicant starting, this role may be a mix of a working from home arrangement or in the office due to the COVID-19 situation. If so, the successful applicant will be expected to integrate into the team from home to begin with, slowly reintegrating into the office as Victorian restrictions are lifted.
The Better Futures Key Worker engage earlier with care leavers, supporting them to have an active voice in the transition planning and providing access to brokerage and support to young people transitioning from care in the Northern Metro area as often as required up until the age of 21.
You will provide support and referrals to specialist services in the areas of counselling, accommodation, employment and training, education, health and well-being and social and family relationships and also offer tenancy support to young people who have been approved for rental subsidies.
You will hold a tertiary qualification in Social Work, Welfare or a related discipline and be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of issues relating to young people who have experienced out of home care.
You will have an understanding of the homelessness system with an emphasis on youth homelessness and a passion and commitment to supporting vulnerable young people. You will have skills and experience in the provision of support and service delivery to young people who have challenging support needs and the ability to apply evaluation and assessment, intervention and interactive skills with young people.
Applications including resume and cover letter addressing your suitability for the position to be submitted as soon as possible as applications will be assessed as they are received.
Queries to Lyn Fletcher, Manager Youth Housing and Better Futures on 9450 4700.
Please Note; the successful applicant will be subject to comprehensive reference and background checking prior to employment, including a Working with Children Check and National Police Check.
Berry Street is committed to being a child safe, child friendly and child empowering organisation. In everything we do we seek to protect children. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children; children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds; children with a disability; children who identify with a sexual and or gender minority identity. We aim to ensure every individual is treated with dignity and respect regardless of their cultural background, ability, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, spirituality or religion.
Aboriginal people; people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability are encouraged to apply.