Residential Care Worker
- Full time, part time and casual positions with a variety of shifts (24/7 roster) to fit your lifestyle
- Supportive team environment with a culture of continuous learning
- Casual rates begin at $34.17 p/hr (unqualified) or $38.23 p/hr (qualified) plus salary packaging tax savings
For over 140 years, Berry Street has adapted to a changing world, and we will continue to adapt to achieve our purpose. We believe children, young people and families should be safe, thriving and hopeful. Our Vision for 2022: Together we will courageously change lives and reimagine service systems. We look forward to working with children, young people, families, carers, staff and partners to achieve this vision. Together!
Berry Street's Residential Care Program provides accommodation, a high standard of physical & emotional care and support to children and young people aged from 10 years old up to 17 years old in a Residential care setting. These children/young people have been placed under Child Protection orders and are referred to Berry Street because other Out of Home Care placement opportunities have not been viable.
The role is richly rewarding, but as is the case with such jobs, presents with its own challenges too. Working therapeutically with children and young people means supporting them to be their best selves, helping them learn, grow and develop with autonomy to make positive choices for their future.
As we work a 24/7 roster, there are a variety of day shifts available (generally between 7am to 11pm) and overnight shifts (11pm to 7pm).
- Work within a dedicated team delivering high quality therapeutic care to Children and Young People
- Participate in daily household duties, ensuring a clean and pleasant environment is maintained and that delicious and nutritious meals/food is available
- Learn and implement current best practice in therapeutic interventions for Children and Young People with regards to trauma and attachment
- Contribute and participate in various education, living, social and recreational skills activities as developed in the plans for children/young people to meet their individual needs
- Clear communication and record keeping, including report writing must be completed in accordance with program guidelines
- Follow all plans and program guidelines diligently to ensure compliance with child safety standards and practice
To view a detailed account of the Position Description, please click here.
As a Residential Care Worker, every day will be different. You will be someone that enjoys and thrives in variety.
Additionally you will have:
- A genuine desire to contribute to the wellbeing and development of the children/young people in our care
- Resilience and awareness of self and others
- Quick and logical thinking during a crisis or conflict
- An ability to engage positively with children/young people and your team
- A thirst to continuously learn, reflect from the day and consider how you could improve your own practice
- Professionalism; the role will require you to work collaboratively with many external services that support the children/young people
- Must hold a drivers licence (minimum green P’s) as the role will transport young people from time to time
A minimum Cert IV in Children, Youth & Family Intervention is preferred however as an RTO, Berry Street delivers this qualification and will invest in you if you do not have a relevant qualification.
Completion of (or willingness to complete) mandatory upskilling units as required by Department of Health and Human Services. Berry Street also provides this in-house.
A list of recognised qualifications can be found by clicking here
Why choose Us:
- Salary packaging available for meals/accommodation for all our staff making your take home pay even better
- Investment in you! As a Learning Organisation, there are so many opportunities for development that we offer you, including a comprehensive learning pathway in Child, Youth & Family services
- Access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), including access for staff members’ immediate family
- The opportunity for career progression and growth
How to apply:
- Include a Cover Letter and Resume along with your application. You must respond to all the screening questions.
- Applications close on Monday, 09 March 2020 23:30 hrs
Courage, Integrity, Respect, Accountability and Working Together
Position queries to Kellie Johnson - Senior Manager, Residential Services, Vanessa Walmaggia – Program Manager, Complex Services or Sam Ansell – Team Leader, Residential Services
Talent queries to Aiden Tabag – Talent Acquisition Partner on 03 9429 9266
To watch The Invisibles, a film that follows young people as they prepare to take part in the Berry Street Debutante Ball, please click here
Berry Street is committed to being a child safe, child friendly and child empowering organisation. In everything we do we seek to protect children. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children; children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds; children with a disability; children who identify with a sexual and or gender minority identity. We aim to ensure every individual is treated with dignity and respect regardless of their cultural background, ability, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, spirituality or religion.
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.