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Senior Practice Development Officer

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About the business:

Since 1991, Yorganop has been Western Australia’s first Aboriginal foster care agency. Yorganop works in partnership with government agencies, Aboriginal families, and our community of carers to provide safe and secure care for Aboriginal children. For 32 years Yorganop has been providing essential services for the increasing high number of vulnerable Aboriginal children in Out-of-Home Care.

Yorganop’s key driver for over 32 years is to enable children, in particular, Aboriginal children in out-of-home care to fulfil their potential and thrive in life (culturally, socially, and emotionally). We achieve this by providing culturally safe, secure, stable, caring homes with carers who understand Aboriginal ways of being and doing. Yorganop carers are supported in providing culturally safe placements through Yorganop’s ongoing cultural training, and immersion in Yorganop’s carer community.

In order to achieve these goals Yorganop needs the best team in place, and is currently recruiting for a Senior Practice Development Officer to join our amazing team.

What you will do

The Senior Practice Development Officer is responsible for:

  • Provide advice, consultation and assistance to the OOHC Manager, Team Leaders and other casework staff within the organisation on operational policy and practice matters and complex casework practice issues.
  • Promoting quality practice and continuous improvement in the delivery of services.
  • Contributing to the development of monitoring and reviewing frameworks and supports their operation.
  • Monitoring, reporting and making recommendations on the standard of organisational practice.
  • Contributing to professional development and practice development by engagement in a range of learning strategies including mentoring and coaching.

Your approach will be trauma informed and culturally secure. You will ensure the right to self-determination drives your practice, while promoting the wellbeing of children. As a leader, you will guide others towards a high-performance culture that is underpinned by the purpose, vision, and values of the organisation.

What you will need


  • Significant experience, skills and knowledge in child protection intervention and practice particularly from an Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse background perspective.
  • Knowledge of and experience in professional development through training, coaching and monitoring.
  • Ability to review and monitor case decisions, to chair planning forums, analyse data, identify trends and make recommendations to address issues.
  • Demonstrates insight, self-awareness and a commitment to self-development, values diversity and displays professional integrity and impartiality.


  • Experience in Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations, or Non for Profit, or government roles.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal culture and ability to work with communities, families, children and young people.

Qualifications and Licenses:

  • Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Psychology or relevant Human Service area.
  • Satisfactory National Police Clearance
  • Satisfactory Working with Children (WWC) Check
  • Satisfactory Department of Communities (DoC) Departmental Check (Departmental Record Check & Criminal Record Check)
  • Current Drivers Licence and the ability to travel in response to organisational needs.

Importance notes for applicants

Applicants must include a one page covering letter to address the essential criteria plus a concise CV which clearly outlines relevant qualifications and experience. Submit via the "Apply Now" button.

We reserve the right to close the applications and appoint prior to the advertised closing date. Being suitable for the position does not guarantee an Offer of Employment.

For more information on Yorganop or the position, please visit or send email enquiries to [email protected] using the subject line: Senior Practice Development Officer enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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