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Youth Worker - Youth Justice, Mackay

Save The Children

Queensland has the highest remand rates in Australia and Save the Children's MyJust program is focused on turning this statistic around. We need you to help young people involved with the youth justice system to take the steps to become the best they can be, through practical support, case management and advocacy.

Save the Children is no ordinary not-for-profit.

We're ambitious, creative and outspoken. We stand up for children's rights. We want all children to be educated, healthy and live a life free from violence. We've been working with families and communities in Queensland as a trusted support for children for nearly 70 years. More information on our work in Queensland is available here.

Where you come in:

In this part time, maximum term position based in Mackay (4 days per week, through to June 2023), you'll work with young people aged 10-17 who are on bail and are at high risk of being remanded into custody. In conjunction with a Senior Practitioner, you'll provide a range of emotional and practical supports as part of a case management approach and report to our Team Leader.

You will make an impact by:

  • Working with the Senior Practitioner to create case plans specific to the needs of each young person
  • Building lasting relationships with young people from a variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Supporting young people to access accommodation, treatment, education and social activities
  • Making use of local community services and accessing referral pathways
  • Maintaining contact with courts and Youth Justice to ensure that requirements are being met

Does this sound like you?

You're motivated to see young people develop, and you enjoy working with young people from different walks of life, with complex and challenging needs. You understand the issues facing young people and have creative, innovative ideas to provide support. This coupled with your dynamic personality and communication skills enable you to build connections to support young people to lead a bright future.

This role requires:

  • Minimum Certificate III in Youth Work / Community Services or related field, or significant relevant experience
  • Experience working with young people with complex needs or history of trauma
  • Understanding of the youth justice system
  • Strong time management, organisational and record keeping skills
  • Knowledge of the issues facing young people in the community, including alcohol and other substances, mental health concerns and risks, disengagement from/with education and training opportunities, disruption in family relationships, and displacement and disconnection with their community

Working at Save the Children is more than just a job.

It's the feeling of knowing that your work is contributing to making the world a better place for children and working with others who feel the same. In addition to a connection to social causes, you will have access to:

  • Award rate salary plus full salary packaging benefits
  • Festive leave in addition to regular leave benefits
  • Individual learning plans to assist in your career development
  • Friendly and flexible work environment
  • Monthly supervision sessions

Sound interesting?

We'd love to hear from you. Submit your cover letter and resume by clicking on one of the buttons in the 'Apply' section.

Position Description - Youth Worker MyJust Mackay

For more information about the program and the team that the role works in, see our Program Profile.

Save the Children is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with our obligations under occupational health and safety legislation. If you are successful in this role, prior to commencement of employment you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19, or that you have proof of medical exemption from the vaccine. Acceptable evidence of vaccination includes:

  1. COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account)
  2. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account) or
  3. A letter from the GP who vaccinated you.

At Save the Children, we seek a workforce that is as diverse as our society - in race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexuality, cultures and beliefs - and reflects the communities we work in. We believe diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our culture and core values and we demonstrate this commitment through all our employment practices. Our inclusive workplace culture contributes to making Save the Children a great place to work. We strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants to apply.

Save the Children Australia is a child-safe organisation. All employees are required to undergo a National Police Check, a Working with Children Check where necessary, and sign our Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct.

Save the Children Australia supports the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. If you are successful in your application, we will request consent to access HR held information pertaining to your last 5 years of employment. You can read about the Scheme and our commitment to Safeguarding here.

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