Youth & Family Caseworker

Reconnect Program

Covering Penrith, Hawkesbury & Blue Mountains LGA

Permanent Full-Time: July 2022 to June 2023 (possibility of extension)

SCHADS Level 5 + Car + Super + Salary Packaging + Training Budget + Monthly External Supervision + Flexible Workplace Agreement (after probation period)

About us

Wesley Mission is a high profile, multi-faceted Christian organisation making a real difference in the community. 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

The Reconnect Program is a community based early intervention program to support young people between 12-18 (12-21 for newly arrived young people) who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Through early intervention the Reconnect Program aims to stabilise and improve young people’s housing situation and engagement with education, training, and employment. This is achieved through trauma informed wholistic casework, family mediation, group work and practical life skills coaching.

About the role

We are looking for an outstanding Youth & Family Caseworker who is conscientious, reliable, and motivated about making a difference. Key aspects of the Youth & Family Caseworker role includes: 

  • support 48 young people and their families
  • engaging families in evidence-based parenting programs 
  • arranging and facilitating 4 group workshops & 2 community events
  • building locally tailored partnerships and networks.

All staff at Child, Youth & Family work hard to develop and maintain harmonious working relationships in an autonomous-supportive work environment where they are all trained to be the best in their field. Wesley Mission provides regular supervision, support, and training for all staff.

Essential criteria

  • relevant tertiary qualification and minimum 2 years’ experience in community welfare 
  • strengths based case management experience with the ability to engage young people and families at the point of initial contact and build collaborative working relationships
  • experience developing case summaries & child protection reports
  • abiltiy to work one-on-one, or in groups, with clients in a variety of settings
  • ability to liaise, develop and maintain professional relationships with government & NGO agencies
  • cultural competence and experience working alongside Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people and First Nations families
  • current NSW or National driver’s license and Working With Children’s Check
  • fully vaccinated against Covid
  • Wesley Mission is a Christian organisation requiring all staff to affirm its values and Code of Conduct.

Desirable criteria

  • working knowledge of the local child and family support sector.

Recruitment process

  1. brief telephone conversation to confirm details of the role and arrange a telephone interview
  2. telephone interview
  3. online aptitude testing and a behavioural questionnaire
  4. face-to-face interview
  5. reference & probity checks.

If you have any queries, please contact Caolan Durkin on 0423 029 943.

Closing date: Wednesday 6 July 2022, at 9am.

Apply now

Please submit a copy of your CV/resume and a cover letter, no longer then two-pages, addressing all the selection criteria and why you would be a good fit for the role. Please include the completed Wesley Mission Application for Employment.

Caolan Durkin

Email: caolan.durkin@wesleymission.org.au

Only applications addressing all the selection criteria will be considered.

Wesley Mission is a Christian organisation requiring all staff to affirm its values and Worker code of conduct. 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). 

Wesley Child, Youth and Family team 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
  • People who Identify as LGBTQIA+
  • People of colour (e.g. identifying as cultural, religious and/or ethnically diverse).

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