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In-home Therapy Assistant (Gladstone or Rockhampton based)

Location:
Gladstone  
Employment Type:
Full-Time Temporary  
Department:
QSW: South West Ind. Package
Closing Date:
25/05/2022

About us...

Act for Kids is a for-purpose organisation that delivers evidence-based professional therapy and support services to children and families, who have experienced or are at risk of harm. Established in 1988, we have helped over 170,000 children, young people and families at our 30 centres across Australia.

Through prevention, treatment, research, education and advocacy, we are committed to helping keep kids safe, heal from trauma and lead happy lives.

About the job...

We are seeking a dedicated In-Home Therapy Assistant to join our inclusive, compassionate and friendly team based in Gladstone or Rockhampton. This position is full-time, fixed-term until 31 May 2024. Extension of employment contract beyond this date is subject to the continued successful government funding of the program. 

This position will work directly with children, families and carers in the Individual Support Packages (ISP) Program to embed the therapeutic strategies developed by the Practice Supervisor and the child’s care team.

About the Individual Support Packages program: The Individual Support Packages (ISP) program works in partnership with Child Safety to provide holistic trauma-informed support to children in the child protection system. The ISP team-work in close collaboration to deliver bespoke support packages informed by each child’s needs and focuses on increasing the capacity of their support network to meet these.

Key responsibilities…

  • Under the guidance of the Practice Supervisor, support children and their support network to achieve better outcomes by:
    • Providing specialist attachment-based coaching and role-modelling to carers and stakeholders.
    • Supporting families to foster secure attachments with their child, develop appropriate routines and boundaries and support emotional regulation.
    • Delivering activities with the child and family to meet therapeutic goals.
    • Working collaboratively with the ISP practitioners to ensure parenting strategies and child behaviour support, is in line with appropriate child development and parental capacity.
    • Supporting case plan goals as determined by Child Safety and the ISP Practice Supervisor.
  • Maintain accurate written records of sessions with a child and family.
  • Participate in joint training and professional development opportunities.
  • Professionally and ethically represent Act for Kids in the delivery of the ISP services.
  • Support the ISP team to build and maintain partnerships with all ISP and partner agencies for the benefit of the service, children and the families.

About you... 

Qualifications

  • Tertiary degree in a relevant discipline (social work, human services, allied health, psychology, speech and language pathology or occupational therapy).
  • Professional registration (if required).
  • Membership of a relevant professional association (desirable).

Skills and experience

  • At least 5 years’ experience leading a multidisciplinary team in a similar program and environment.
  • Highly developed knowledge of child protection issues and the child protection sector in Queensland.
  • Experience and capacity to foster and maintain good working relationships with key stakeholders, partners and the community.
  • Cultural awareness and an understanding of how to communicate and work effectively work families from different socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Ability to lead and build a strong, cohesive team in alignment with Act for Kids’ values.

Other requirements

  • Eligibility for a positive Working with Children Check in the applicable state of employment in Australia or exemption based on professional qualifications and registration.
  • Current driver’s licence.
  • Applicants must be eligible to legally work in Australia and proof of eligibility may be requested.
  • Fully vaccinated with the prescribed doses of an approved vaccine against COVID-19 or have an approved medical exemption.

With over 30% of our employees identifying as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, we encourage and welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

About the pay...

  • Position is classified Level 4 under the SCHCADS award;
  • Salary range is $74,180 - $79,811 plus 10% superannuation (pro-rata for part-time).
  • In addition, as a registered Not for Profit/Charity, we offer excellent salary packaging options through RemServ which can significantly increase your take home pay.

 About the benefits...

  • Overall winner of HRD Employer of Choice 2019 (100-499 employees)
  • Winner of HRD Employer of Choice 2019 in (1) Health & Wellbeing (2) Leadership (3) Work-Life Balance
  • Strong values-based organisation
  • Excellent professional development options (including annual professional development fund opportunities)
  • Paid parental leave and study assistance
  • Employee Assistance Program including Health & Well-being Portal
  • A friendly and flexible work environment to support work/life balance

About applying...

Click on ‘Apply for this job’ to submit an application or for more information about the role, contact Simone Collier on 0428 952 944 or email simone.collier@actforkids.com.au

Covid-19 Vaccinations

A requirement of employment is for the successful candidate to be fully vaccinated with the prescribed doses of an approved vaccine against COVID-19 or have an approved medical exemption.

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Closing Date: 25 May 2022