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Child, Youth and Family Worker - Newcastle

Wesley Community & Family Care

  • based in Newcastle
  • 4 days per week until 30 June 2021 with view to extending (subject to funding renewal)
  • fully maintained vehicle

About us

Wesley Mission is a high profile, multi-faceted Christian organisation making a real difference in the community. We work with the most disadvantaged in our community by providing over 200 services ranging from aged care, homeless services, child and family care, counselling, employment, training and education, and health services.

Our Vision is "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can."


About the program

Wesley Mission has a real mission – to reach out to a community with real needs. Through witness, work and with the help of supporters we can turn lives around for good. As part of Wesley’s Community and Family Care group, the Young Healthy Minds Service is funded by the Department of Social Services to provide a tailored service to meet the needs of each child, young person and family so they can build the skills and confidence they need to achieve their goals.


About the role

The Child, Youth and Family Worker will provide services via one-on-one short-term and long-term interventions (up to 12 months) to children and youth who are exploring their identity, cultural connections and the role of mental health in their lives. You will be providing therapeutic services to our clients in their home, at school and centre-based care.

Attendance of interagency meetings, case management meetings and linking in with other service providers is essential to ensure our clients gain access to all supports needed to live with a strong sense of connection and safety within their families and community.

Wesley Mission provides regular supervision and support for all staff as well as range of opportunities for professional development and staff benefits. This is a child-related position and preferred applicants will be required to undergo a Working with Children Check and criminal record history check.

Wesley Young Healthy Minds Service is committed to ensuring our workforce reflects the communities we work within. Whilst not a requirement, we strongly encourage people from the following background/s to apply:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Those who identify as LGBTQIA+
  • People of colour (e.g. identifying as cultural, religious and/or ethnically diverse).


Essential criteria

  • degree in Social Work, Psychology, Social Science or other relevant area
  • ability to engage children, young people and families at the point of initial service contact, and build relationships of trust and cooperation
  • experience with providing flexible service to children, young people and their families via home visiting, schools visits and centre-based care
  • a passion for and experience in collaborating with young people experiencing complex disadvantage including racism, sexism, Islamophobia, transphobia and homophobia
  • a commitment to and experience in centring young people’s knowledge and voices through co-design
  • proven ability to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and a strong knowledge of the impacts of colonolisation and the subsequent barriers this creates for First Nations Peoples
  • experience of working with people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse  backgrounds and an understanding of the strengths that lie within this community, whilst also acknowledging the systemic barriers these communties face
  • high-level written and verbal communication skills, with experience developing case summaries and completing child protection reports and entering this information into electronic client management systems
  • the role requires highly organised, enthusiastic and self-motivated people. Please provide recent examples where you’ve demonstrated these qualities
  • knowledge and experience of youth and family support work from a strengths-based and systems theory perspective
  • willingness to affirm Wesley Mission’s vision, mission and values
  • working knowledge of the local sector
  • current NSW or National driver’s license and Working with Children Check.


Desirable criteria

  • qualifications in group programs that are tailored to children and young people.



Salary and employment conditions are in accordance with the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry (SCHADS) Award 2010, Level 5, with capacity for salary packaging.

Superannuation is paid in addition at 9.5% and a fully maintained car is included in the package.


Apply now

Please send your most recent resume and a cover letter addressing the essential and desirable criteria set out above to: Amy Clark - Acting Regional Manager, Wesley Child, Youth & Family Services, Hunter and Western Sydney.


Please note: only a completed response to the selection criteria, a resume and a cover letter will be eligible for consideration.


Applications close: 9 am, Monday 28 September 2020.


Wesley Mission is a Christian organisation requiring all staff to affirm its values. We are committed to providing an environment in which children can feel safe and valued.

The suitable applicant will be subject to the relevant pre-employment checks for appointment to positions within Wesley Mission (including provision of a valid Working with Children Check clearance number).

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