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Therapeutic Youth Worker

Maroochydore, Australia

Reference: 6545462

  • Based in Maroochydore, supporting the Sunshine Coast region
  • Flexible casual working hours, IFYS is an industry leader at ensuring Work/Life balance
  • Specialist training provided, supportive team


IFYS Foster and Kinship Care is an established Sunshine Coast Community organisation that prides itself in child centred innovative practice. Our goal is to create safe, stable and nurturing environments for our most vulnerable children. Our mission is to light up the lives of children, young people and caregivers through unparalleled support that is as diverse as the people it serves.

Our Sunshine Coast team currently has openings for Youth Workers to join our Foster and Kinship Care ‘Intensive Support' program.

Using a therapeutic care model the Youth Worker delivers support to children, young people and carers within vulnerable Foster Care placements. This role is varied and rewarding and requires diverse staff to fulfil the needs of the individuals we support.

What do IFYS Youth Worker love about their roles? Hear from our team:

"I've really love working with IFYS as it is a supportive environment which is very flexible around studying. While working I am learning practical skills which relate heavily to my studies, the two really go hand in hand."

"Being a youth worker is a very rewarding career where you get work 1 on 1 with some of society's most vulnerable young people and support them to overcome challenges and take up positive choices."

What's on offer?

  • Flexible casual working arrangements
  • Base hourly rate of $45.00 + super + applicable penalty rates
  • Not for profit salary packaging options team (package up to $15,900 per FBT year)
  • Specialist Therapeutic Crisis Intervention training provided
  • Unique in-house training opportunities including Therapeutic Crisis Intervention training, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Foundation training, Preventing Child Sexual Exploitation and Sanctuary training
  • Centrally located Maroochydore office base, supporting Sunshine Coast region

Key responsibilities:

  • Plan appropriate activities with young people prioritising their safety and individual needs
  • Implement positive behavioural support plans to care for young people with complex and challenging behaviour
  • Be a positive role model in influencing behavioural change
  • Day-to-day care, including assistance with medication, transport, support with education, schooling, and relationships
  • Complete administrative duties in line with legislative and contract requirements
  • Supervise family connections
  • Maintain accurate and timely case notes

Skills and requirements:

  • A passion for improving the lives of young people
  • Excellent communication skills in written and verbal formats
  • Experience in engaging and working with vulnerable young people and families
  • Minimum requirement of Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (Residential Care) or similar, or willingness to enroll in relevant qualification prior to employment

Must hold or be willing to obtain if successful:

  • Valid QLD driver's license with no restrictions, minimum of red P's
  • Own fully insured vehicle
  • QLD Working with Children Check (Paid Blue Card)
  • Licensed Care Suitability Check (LCS2)
  • National Crime Check (A new check will be completed through IFYS systems)

Other requirements:

  • If progressed after interview stage, you will be requested to provide the details of two line managers to provide reference checks (this must include your current employer)

If you would like further information on this role or would like to talk to a Recruitment Officer, please call (07) 5438 3000 and ask to speak to Rachel in the Recruitment team.

Applications Close: 19 Apr 2024