Are you passionate about helping to change the lives of children and young people who need it most?
Keen to support and mentor young people to thrive and participate in their community?
Have a career that is both challenging and highly rewarding?
Then this is the role for you.
The Department for Child Protection is looking for people who are keen to make a difference in the lives of our state’s most vulnerable young people.
WE ARE ALSO SEEKING APPLICATIONS FROM PERSONS INTERESTED IN WORKING NIGHT SHIFT ONLY (FULL TIME AND PART TIME)
CONSIDER A CAREER AS A CHILD & YOUTH WORKER
As a Child and Youth Worker, you will be part of a team contributing to improving the social and living skills of children and young people in residential care and will assist in their effective transition into the community and/or reunification/reconnection with their families, family-based care providers or other suitable care options. You will assess their individual needs as well as ensuring that appropriate levels of their safety and supervision is maintained at all times. In this role, you will ensure children and young people have opportunities to experience education and opportunities for social, sporting and cultural activities.
- Have a willingness to complete CHC40313 Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention within the first 12 months of your employment?
- Have experience working with children / young people in a residential care or related setting?
- Hold a current HLTAID012 – Provide Emergency First Aid in an Education Care Setting Unit of Competency, or be willing to obtain one prior to an offer of employment?
- Hold a current Australian driver’s licence (P2 or above) and be willing to regularly drive children and young people?
You must be willing to:
- Undergo a psychological assessment of a kind determined by the Chief Executive prior to commencing employment.
- Undertake relevant medical and functional assessments to ensure your safety and suitability to perform the psychical aspects of this role.
- Gain a Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Related Employment Screening (Working with Children Check) prior to commencing employment and during your employment with DCP.
- Participate and successfully complete CHC40313 Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention within the first 12 months which supports and develops your practice in this role.
- Work shift work which includes nights, weekends and public holidays.
About our recruitment process:
As we undertake regular intakes throughout the year, our recruitment is ongoing and you can apply at any time for this opportunity. If successful in the selection process, you will be recommended and placed in our Employment Pool for 12 months. Please note that this recommendation is not an official offer of employment, and you will be contacted if/when a vacancy becomes available. A key component of this role is to undertake an 8 week full-time induction program. These induction programs will commence in the beginning of 2023 and will be offered every 8 weeks. Your induction/commencement date will be determined by the Residential Care team if/when you are offered employment. Scheduled induction dates for 2023 are:
- 19th June
- 21st August
- 23rd October
Note: You are not guaranteed a commencement on any of the above dates, instead your commencement will be based on business needs.
If you have selected to only work on the night shift roster, you will still be required to undertake the same selection process as those working a 24/7 shift roster and complete the required 8 week full-time induction program. Further information relating to this is included in the Frequently Asked Questions.
What else do I need to know?
Before applying, review all the essential requirements and special conditions as detailed in the attached Role Description and the Child and Youth Worker (C&YW) Job Demands Info Sheet. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions and other information about this role at the DCP Career Portal.
Our properties do not close, and the children and young people in our care require your attention and supervision at all times. Our shifts rotate and include AM, PM and active Night Shifts. The start and finish times may vary, however you will be required to work across all three shifts (unless you have selected night shift only). Shift work also involves working weekends and Public Holidays. You are strongly encouraged to consider this aspect of the role and whether it suits your current circumstances.
If you choose to only work nights (on a full time or part time basis) please indicate this as your preference in the application form. Further, more specific information on working night shift only is outlined in our Frequently Asked Questions.
How to apply:
You will be required to answer the mandatory behavioural questions and attach your cover letter and a current résumé/curriculum vitae prior to clicking 'SUBMIT'.
As the system times out after 20 minutes of inactivity, it is recommended that you click 'SAVE AND NEXT' to ensure that your application is retained. This ensures that you will be able to resume your application by clicking 'CONTINUE'.