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Case Manager - Foster Care

Lighthouse Foundation

About Us

Lighthouse Foundation operates clinical services to improve the lives of young people, children and babies who have been affected by complex trauma and are experiencing, or likely to experience youth homelessness. The Lighthouse Model of Care (LMC) is a holistic therapeutic treatment program which draws on over 60 years of empirical research into human development across the fields of psychology, psychiatry, trauma and neurobiology. Framed by trauma informed practice and informed by attachment and psychoanalytic theory, the LMC weaves together and integrates these frames to create a therapeutic treatment environment in which the mental and physical health and well-being as well as social, emotional, cultural and educational capacities of young people in Lighthouse homes are developed and enriched.

Lighthouse’s Foster Care Program is based on a Hub concept which sees a centralised Lighthouse home surrounded by 10 foster families from the Northern Suburbs of Melbourne. The key feature of the Foster Care Program is the centralised Hub home; where children and Foster Carers will experience the Hub as a place they can come together for activities such as therapy, art and drama, for community connection and support, or for overnight respite. The home is supported by Lighthouse’s therapeutically-trained Carers and clinical oversight is provided for every family and child.

The Position

The Case Manager responsibilities hold two functions. Firstly, to recruit and assess potential Foster Carers, and secondly, to provide management and support to both Foster Carers and Therapeutic Carers. Liaising with other key stakeholders will be important to maintain and support a safe, stable and overall high standard of care to children and young people aged 0 – 18 placed in Lighthouse’s home based care.

This will involve facilitating Shared Lives Training, undertaking Step by Step Assessments and liaising with children and families, Carers, the DHHS, health services and other specialist service providers to encourage and facilitate positive and collaborative working relationships.

This role sits within Lighthouse's Foster Care Program, working alongside Lighthouse's other services. The Case Manager role will be expected to cover after hours duties.

About You

To be successful in this role you will need:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification in Social Work/Psychology, or a similar field at degree level.
  • An understanding of how to work with and support children/young people who have been exposed to trauma, violence or neglect.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of child and adolescent development, abuse and trauma theories and their link to service delivery.
  • The ability to work effectively with children/young people and to promote positive attributes and work towards planned change.
  • Demonstrated skills in case management and familiar with the use of Looking After Children requirements.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Flexibility, resilience and the commitment to participate in clinical supervision.
  • The ability to work effectively with a team to achieve program goals and objectives.
  • Completion of Shared Lives and Step by Step training (desirable).

Please read the detailed Position Description attached below prior to applying.

On Offer

The successful applicant will gain the opportunity to be part of our therapeutic Foster Care Program, and will be supported to develop ongoing learning and upskilling, exposure to other areas of service delivery and the chance to work with experienced and skilled staff on an exciting and unique program.

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