Position Information – Youth support worker

  • 12 months: may be extended if funding allows
  • 20 hours per week: may have additional hours if funding allows
  • Level 3/4 SCHCDS Award depending on experience

Position available now: please apply as soon as possible.

  1. Purpose of the Position:

To support the work of the:

  • Youth Bail Support Advocates (YBSAs) by undertaking some more routine aspects of the service, particularly in sourcing and acquiring a range of goods and services and then ensuring that the client receives these supports
  • Youth Support Advocate (YSA), in particular in relation to the weekly court support service, but also in similar work to that for the YBSAs when funding allows.
  1. Reporting Relationship:

The worker will responsible to the YBSAs and the YSA as appropriate. The YSBAs and the YSA are responsible for the daily running of their programs and report to the YAC Management Committee through the YAC Director.

  1. Bail support

Target:

a) Young people who are presently remanded in custody due to insufficient placement stability;

or

b) Young people who are at significant risk of being remanded in custody on the grounds of insufficient placement stability. Significant risk is defined by the following indicators:

  • previously remanded in custody;
  • has a history of breaching bail conditions;
  • has a history of behaviour which results in placement breakdown;
  • accommodation services will not accept referral without significant support;
  • discrimination on the basis of cultural background, especially Indigenous young people.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Follow up on provision of services and supports identified by coordinators as required by clients
  • Liaise with relevant people to source services and supports, including phone and email contact with clients where necessary to clarify or provide information
  • Undertake all administrative recording and reporting tasks to support the above
  • As necessary, arrange for or manage the supports and services reaching clients
  • Liaise with accommodation services where appropriate in relation to YBASS clients or their needs
  • Take clients to appointments, services, activities or similar as appropriate and as required.
  1. Youth Support/Court Support

Target:

Young people who are homeless or risk of homelessness, particularly those who are involved or at risk of involvement in the youth justice and/or child protection systems. YACs integrated Youth Court Assist Program (YCAP) provides assistance to young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and/or who come to the attention of the police and courts and their families where appropriate. It operates every Friday at the Brisbane Children’s Court.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • information and support through the court process
  • Undertake brief assessments at court (QHIP) to identify housing and support needs
  • information, referral and brief solution focused interventions to young people and their families on facilitating access to other services (housing, legal, mental health, substance use, income, counselling, education, employment and training)
  • facilitate access and referral to YAC programs such as Youth Support (assistance to young people after going to court to address the reasons they were in court such housing issues), Family Support (assistance with a?family relationship and family breakdown), legal and bail support services.
  • Follow up on provision of services and support as identified by the YSA as required by clients
  • Take clients to appointments, services and activities or similar as appropriate and as required.
  • Undertake all administrative recording tasks to support the above.

Qualifications, knowledge, skills & experience

Mandatory

  1. a) Possession of a clean C class Drivers Licence (the position may involve travel across a wide geographical area)
  2. b) Possession of a current Working with Children Blue Card OR eligibility to obtain a Blue Card from the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian.

Essential

  1. Good written and oral communication skills
  2. Excellent interpersonal skills
  3. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with team members and young people and their families
  4. Self-motivated with ability to work with minimal supervision and manage own time efficiently
  5. Commitment to social justice principles
  6. Proven competence in the using of usual computer programs – Word, Excel, QHIP etc

Desirable

  1. Some knowledge of the youth justice and youth accommodation sectors

To apply for the position

To be considered for the role, you must send your:

  • CV or resume including the names and contact details of 2 referees

AND

  • Confirmation of the Mandatory matters a) and b) listed above
  • Responses showing how you meet the Essential and Desirable matters numbered 1-7 above (not to exceed 3 A4 pages in 10 points Arial font in total length is not an advantage).

By email to: admin@yac.net.au
By post to: 4/162 Petrie Terrace, Petrie Terrace, Qld 4000

Position available now: please apply as soon as possible.

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