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Youth Worker

Mercy Community Services Limited

At MercyCare we believe every person matters. Our people are driven by strong human values and are passionate about creating positive change.

MercyCare is only made possible by the strength, passion and shared values our employees and volunteers bring each day. When you join MercyCare you are an integral part of making a difference at the heart of the Western Australian community.

We believe that every person deserves safety, support and feel they are a part of their community. Each member of our Community, Family and Children Services team brings compassion, actively listening to the people who trust us to deliver services. They have the courage to support people to bring out their strengths, work towards independence and encourage their sense of belonging. Our team bring their lived experiences, diverse skills and collaborate with community and partners to make a positive difference to people’s lives.

About the Role

The Youth and Homelessness team are seeking a Full Time Youth Worker to work within our Carlow House residential program as per below:

  • Fixed Term Full Time contract until 31 December 2021, working 76 hours per fortnight
  • Must be available to work a mix of weekdays and one weekend a fortnight.
  • Shift times include 0700-1930 and 1900-0730 sleep

Carlow House is a 24-hour medium term supported accommodation service for young people aged between 16-19 years who are homeless, or at risk of being homeless. We are seeking staff to work alongside young people and empower them to learn new skills and develop independence. We aim to assist young people to build their confidence, self-esteem, create strong relationships and support networks using evidence-based approaches. The principles that underpin our work are that we are relationship focussed, trauma informed, risk responsive, culturally strong and person centred.

If you have experience working in a therapeutic residential setting with young people, are self-motivated and have a passion for working with young people, we want to hear from you.

Minimum Requirements (yet not limited to; please refer to the position description attached):

  • Diploma or higher qualifications in Youth Work or relevant Human Services
  • Minimum 12 months demonstrated experience working with young people who are homeless, or at risk or who present with complex needs (Mental Health and Wellbeing, AOD, emotional regulation)
  • Minimum 12 months demonstrated experience working with young people in therapeutic residential settings
  • Significant Knowledge and Understanding of Trauma Informed Practice
  • Experience working collaboratively with other agencies, significant people within the young person’s support system and relevant others
  • Current Working with Children Check
  • Current Class C Driver’s Licence
  • Current First Aid
  • National Police Clearance (obtained within the last 6 months)

What We Offer

  • Childcare discounts
  • Salary Packaging - increase your take home pay by paying for certain expenses using pre-tax dollars up to $15,900 a year
  • Employee Recognition Program, including Annual Awards valued at $1,000
  • Career Pathways, Professional Development and Training
  • Comprehensive Wellbeing Program including discounted health insurance, free flu vaccinations and skin checks

About MercyCare

We are here to support people throughout life’s journey as a leading Western Australian not-for-profit provider of aged care, family, community, early learning and disability services. Behind our unique offering of diverse services is our drive to make a difference in people’s lives and in the communities we serve. With more than a 170-year legacy extending back to the Catholic Sisters of Mercy, today we stand proud to make a positive difference.

To Apply

Please click “Apply for this job” to view the position description and apply via the MercyCare website.

Please submit a resume (with two current referees) and a cover letter. In the cover letter tell us about your knowledge and understanding of trauma informed practise and experience working with young people with complex needs in residential settings.

If you have any questions about the program or the role, please call the Co-Ordinator Youth Accommodation and Support, Kirsty McGeachy, between 9:00am and 4:00pm weekdays on 0418 939 052.

Shortlisting for this position will commence immediately and the position may close earlier than stated if we have found a suitable candidate. We will not accept unsolicited phone calls and resumes from recruitment agencies/third parties.

At MercyCare every person matters. We commit to safeguarding and protecting children, young people, and the vulnerable and inspiring a culture that truly embraces and celebrates diversity. We strive for a shared future where our people and services reflect and include contemporary Australian society and the communities we serve. We invite applications from people from all walks of life, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from diverse ages, cultures, faiths, abilities, gender and sexuality.

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