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Child & Family Practitioner - Burnie

Life Without Barriers (National)

About the Organisation

Life Without Barriers is a leading social purpose, not for profit organisation of 7,000 employees working in more than 440 communities across Australia. We support children, young people and families, people with disability, older people and people with mental illness. We work with people who are homeless and refugees and asylum seekers.   
We want to employ people who reflect the diversity of our clients to ensure we can support each client's individual needs and wants. We encourage people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background and people with disability to apply.

About the Role

The purpose of the Child and Family Practitioner position is to provide a high level of skilled support and supervision to the placement of children and young people in a family-based care arrangement.  The Child and Family Practitioner will work in partnership with the Foster Carer, children and young people, relevant government agencies and stakeholders to develop and implement individualised care plans to ensure the relevant ‘standards of care’ required by the state / territory government are met and at all times to give priority to the protection and well-being of children and young people.  

The position will also mentor and coach carers in relation to trauma-based behaviours using the CARE model. The objective of the position is to ensure that every carer has an opportunity to develop in their caring role, has adequate support and has the necessary skills to meet carer competencies and the needs of the child in their care.  This is a permanent, full time opportunity based in Burnie, with flexible working arrangements, including work from home options.

Key Responsibilities

  • Undertake child focused casework practice in partnership with the relevant government agency, children and their families, carers and other stakeholders.
  • In a CARE informed way, work in partnership with carers to understand the pervasive damage of trauma, loss, neglect and abuse and the impact for a child or young person.
  • Apply the CARE model in day to day care with children to enable them to learn to trust, to learn life skills, form relationships and gain resilience
  • Build and strengthen carer skills on how to include children and young people in decision making and support them to fulfil their potential;
  • Where relevant, perform case management functions as prescribed in specific contracts or funding agreements.
  • Participate in negotiation between LWB and the relevant government agency to ensure that each child/young person is provided care that meets their needs for stability

Skills & Experience

  • Recognised Social Work qualifications with eligibility for membership of the AASW and/or a Bachelor of Psychology or other relevant qualification
  • Significant experience in the child protection and out of home care sector
  • Demonstrated experience working with individuals, families and communities from a strength-based, culturally appropriate perspective that are part of the out of home care sector
  • Demonstrated experience in identifying an individual’s strengths and areas for improvement within the context of providing foster and/or host care with an emphasis on permanency for children in care.
  • Demonstrated experience in working within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Current drivers licence

Successful candidates will be required to clear probity checks including National Criminal History Record Check and hold Tasmanian Working With Vulnerable People Registration.


  • Work for one of Australia's largest social purpose organisations
  • Life Without Barriers offers ongoing training, support and career advancement opportunities
  • Flexible working hours, including work from home possibilities
  • Tool of trade vehicle available for personal use


How to Apply

Include your resume and covering letter in one document, click ‘Apply’ and follow the prompts. For any enquiries including persons with disability that require adjustments, contact Lisa Hurd at lisa.hurd@lwb.org.au, using the subject line: Child & Family Practitioner - Burnie enquiry via EthicalJobs.  Applications will be assessed on an ongoing basis, and may close without notice.

Life Without Barriers supports the Royal Commission into violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability. We believe people with disability need to be heard and for these experiences to influence how support services like ours are delivered. View our statement here (https://bit.ly/2GzZGWA).

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