Specialist Youth Development Worker

Job No: Berry2672
Location: Shepparton, VIC

  • Education First Youth Foyer program
  • Shepparton location
  • Full time fixed term role until 30 June 2019


Join Victoria’s largest independent child welfare organisation and become a vital part of a team that never gives up doing whatever it takes for kids. We believe everyone should have a good childhood, growing up in families and communities where they feel safe, nurtured and have hope for the future. 

It is acknowledged that Out of Home Care (OOHC) settings often fail to equip young people to successfully navigate the transitions to an independent adulthood. This perception is reinforced by young people’s low rates of engagement in education whilst in care and high rates of unemployment, homelessness and disengagement once they exit OOHC.   

In recognition of the needs of young people leaving the OOHC system in the Goulburn Area, Berry Street in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services, the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) and GoTAFE have developed a project designed to better prepare young people for their transition to independence.   This will be achieved via the delivery of the Certificate I in Developing Independence (DI) in three OOHC settings – residential, kinship and foster care. 

The role is based at Berry Street’s Education First Youth Foyer in Shepparton and the Specialist Youth Development Worker will identify, prepare and support young people to achieve their DI certificates. They will also provide individual mentoring and coaching to learners to support their development of goals and life skills and connect learners into the Education First Youth Foyer as a means of creating planned pathways for entry to Foyer upon exit from the care system. 

A minimum Bachelor or Diploma qualification in a relevant field is preferred however unqualified applicants with demonstrated appropriate experience with youth / young people will be considered. Applicants displaying a broad range of life experiences, skills and employment backgrounds while having a genuine interest in supporting young people to experience and contribute to their community will be considered an advantage. 


Queries to Anita McCurdy, Manager Education First Youth Foyer on (03) 5822 8100

Applications addressing the Key Selection Criteria should be submitted by 11pm on Thursday, 23 August 2018

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Berry Street are committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of all children, including those with a disability and culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds. Berry Street are also committed to cultural safety, inclusion and empowerment of Aboriginal children, their families and communities. Comprehensive reference and background checking will be undertaken, including a Working with Children Check and police check. Aboriginal people; people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability are encouraged to apply.



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