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Residential Care Workers - Southern Metro Region

MacKillop Family Services
  • Casual positions available
  • Southern Metro location

As a Support Worker, you will assist young people to develop independent living skills, support them engaging with education or employment. You will encourage participants to make better lifestyle choices and help engage participants in healthy meaningful activities.

About the role

The overall responsibility of the Residential Care Worker is to promote a consistent and considered approach to the provision of direct care to young people who reside in residential care, ensuring individual needs are met. This is likely to involve everything from providing emotional support and crisis intervention, right through to maintaining a safe and welcoming home environment. By utilising your passion and commitment, you will interact therapeutically and positively with the young people, spending quality time with them, cooking meals, undertaking household duties and participating in daily general duties.

Our care homes operate on a 24/7 basis. As a result, successful applicants must be willing to work in the evenings, overnight, weekends, and public holidays.

MacKillop is a values-driven organisation. Our employees are well supported, delivering trauma-informed practice backed by a commitment to the Sanctuary Model.

About you

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • A Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (Residential and out of home care); or have a recognised qualification, plus completion of a short ‘top-up’ skills course, ensuring a baseline of core skills and knowledge for all residential care workers state-wide.
  • A commitment towards the principles and practice of quality care in residential settings for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, and to promote autonomy and self-determination for clients.
  • Demonstrated understanding of, and respect for, cultural and linguistic diversity (CALD), including cultural safety for children from CALD backgrounds.
  • Excellent communication skills, including abilities in engaging well with young people and working collaboratively with other staff and professionals.
  • Prior youth work or residential care work experience (preferred, but not essential).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

You must:

  • Be available to work on a flexible basis, including evenings, overnights, weekends and public holidays.
  • Hold a current and valid employee-type, Working with Children’s Check (WWCC).
  • Hold a current and valid Victorian Driver’s License.
  • Attend a total of 2 weeks of mandatory induction training.
  • Complete or satisfy the minimum mandatory qualification of a Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (Residential and Out of Home Care). If you hold a similar or relevant qualification, you may still be required to complete top up units to meet this requirement. MacKillop will facilitate your enrolment into a government funded course; however, if you have already accessed your Government Funding, you may be required to cover the cost.

MacKillop is committed to be a child safe organisation. Applicants will be required to undergo psychometric testing, a national criminal record check, and have an employment Working with Children Check (plus other relevant checks as required).

If you have any queries, please contact Alex Morales (Resource Coordinator) at ResiEmployment@mackillop.org.au, using the subject line: Residential Care Workers - Southern Metro Region enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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