Therapeutic Support Workers
Northern and Southern Adelaide, SA
- Are you qualified in Community Services, Early Childhood, Youth Work or equivalent?
- Multiple opportunities now available with leading NFP, supporting children and youth at risk
- Expand your skills and experience while contributing to a brighter future for others
- Excellent working environment with continued support and encouragement - part-time or casual
About the Organisation
Junction Australia is a trusted and leading independent provider of quality community support and housing services. We aim to strengthen lives and communities across Australia with services that are people focused, flexible, and responsive, with an emphasis on early intervention and prevention.
About Therapeutic Support Services
Junction Australia is a leader in Therapeutic Residential Care in South Australia. With over 10 years’ experience, our current Therapeutic Residential Care services continue to produce positive outcomes for the children and young people living with us. These services are based on contemporary Trauma Informed approaches, and take an individual approach to each young person’s needs and aspirations.
Our Therapeutic Residential Care Model is supported by a philosophy of care that begins with an understanding of trauma and attachment, and the effects these have on brain development and behaviour. Our firm belief is that Residential Care should not be a 'last resort' - rather it should be seen as a positive care option.
About the Opportunities
Junction Australia is looking to welcome Therapeutic Support Workers to their northern or southern Adelaide houses, focusing on children and young people within the houses with a view to improving their confidence and self-esteem through the promotion of positive attitudes and lifestyle choices. These are fixed-term, 3-year contract positions subject to funding, on a part-time or casual basis.
Reporting to the House Supervisor, Therapeutic Support Workers are responsible for providing a safe and secure environment, maintaining a ‘home-like’ feeling and assisting children and young people to develop social and living skills. You will plan daily activities and undertake general housekeeping duties, working closely with clients while also interacting with government and non-government agencies as well as members of the community to ensure clients continue to have access and support for activities and other services as required.
Some of your daily duties will include:
- Facilitating client participation in a range of educational and recreational activities to enhance their physical, social, emotional and intellectual development;
- Producing accurate case notes, interaction records, log entries, Client Incident Reports, and plans;
- Maintaining the property in a clean and hygienic manner; and
- Planning and preparing meals for children and young people in line with healthy food choices and safe food-handling requirements.
Please note: This position is required to work over 7 days a week, 24 hours a day including undertaking active nights and passive nights (sleepovers).
To be successful you will hold a Certificate IV in Community Services, Youth Work or equivalent. Applications from Early Childhood qualified (Diploma) may also be highly regarded, as the organisation may be taking on some clients under the age of 5.
You will need sound communication and interpersonal skills to effectively engage and establish rapport with clients, staff, and external agencies and a demonstrated understanding of appropriate responses to clients with trauma-related behaviours and complex needs.
Experience working with (or a demonstrated understanding of) the needs of children and adolescents at risk will be essential, as will a demonstrated understanding of social justice principles as they relate to equity of access, discrimination and equal opportunity, and individual rights and privacy. A basic understanding of relevant statutory requirements and legislation for children under the Guardianship of the Minister and supported accommodation, while not mandatory, would be highly desirable.
Please note successful applicants must complete or provide evidence of current certification of the following to be eligible to receive an offer of employment:
- Criminal History Assessment (child related)
- Child Safe Environments Certificate
- Senior First Aid Certificate; and
- Accreditation in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention within 6 months of commencing employment
You must hold a current unencumbered Australian Driver’s License and be willing to drive.
Junction Australia's shift workers also benefit from five weeks annual leave.
Junction Australia offers driven candidates the opportunity to truly make a difference in the lives of children and youth at risk. These rewarding and influential roles will see you expand your skills and experiences while supporting some of the most vulnerable children and young people in our community.
Don’t miss this opportunity to give back to your community and work towards a brighter future for children and youth - Apply Now!