Team Leader SafeKids (Family Reunification House) - Cairns

Employment Type:
Full-Time Temporary  
FNQ: SK Family Reunification House
Supporting Documentation:

About us

Act for Kids is a prominent provider of free prevention, professional therapy and support services for children who have suffered abuse and support for families at risk. With over 25 centres nationally, we have supported thousands of children and their families for more than 30 years. In 2019 - 2020 we provided services to 44,894 people, including over 29,000 children.

About SafeKIDS and our Family Reunification House

SafeKIDS is a residential service created in partnership with The Aboriginal Corporate of West Cape York Peninsula Traditional Land Owners (WCTO), to support the communities of Aurukun, Doomadgee, Pormpuraaw, Napranum and Kowanyama. The SafeKIDS program provides a safe and culturally appropriate home environment for children to remain within their communities and stay connected to family, culture and country.

Our Family Reunification House, based in Cairns, provides a unique residential model of care focused on reunifying one sibling group at a time, with the eventual goal of reunification with their parents. The house currently supports a large sibling groups of young children aged between 3 to 12 years, with ongoing care and support over a 12 -24 month period.

Our aim is to provide the best living environment and care, in a family home style setting, so that the children will be nurtured and prepared in their journey to being reunified with their parents.  To achieving this, we provide collaborative case management that incorporates a strength-based approach, focus on the children’s case and care plans, as well as provide support to the parents. Our focus is to identify services to ensure the children and their parents are provided with wrap-around supports that are contextual to the family’s situation. 

About the job

We are seeking a committed SafeKIDS Team Leader to join our team based in Cairns.

The role is full-time and fixed-term until 31 December 2023. Extension of employment contract beyond December 2023 is subject to the continued successful government funding of the program.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide a warm, nurturing and culturally safe home environment for children and young people placed in the Family Reunification House.
  • Ensure smooth day to day running of the Safe House including:
    • Work within an allocated budget for all household purchases and stock control.
    • Create an inclusive routine within the home environment for children to participate in.
    • Provide children access to school and learning activities, teaching children new skills through fun activities. 
  • Provide values based leadership to a dedicated team providing quality trauma informed care to children placed with the service.
  • Developing and maintain team member rosters and timesheets to ensure ongoing care and support within the house.
  • Participate in internal and external case conferences, Department of Child Safety Youth and Women planning and review processes and other meetings as appropriate.
  • Lead the team to collaborate with organisations to support each child and young person’s placement plans, including community integration and eventual transition to family or alternative.
  • Participate in on-call roster and be available for weekends, evening and sleep overs when required.

 About you

  • Minimum Certificate IV in Child Youth & Family Intervention or relevant qualification as outlined in the Strengthening the Queensland Residential Care Workforce – Minimum Qualification Standards Information Sheet.
  • Hope and Healing Foundations Framework Certificate.
  • Willingness to obtain a Suitability Check under the Child Protection Act 1999 and Child Protection Regulation2011.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience working within a trauma informed framework.
  • Experience with disruptive behaviours and mentoring of employees through challenging situations to ensure children in the house are given the best level of care.
  • Cultural awareness and an understanding of how to communicate and work effectively with families from different socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

With over 70% of our SafeKIDS team members 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 5.1 – 5.3 under the SCHCADS award;
  • Salary range is $82,781 - $86,530 plus 9.5% 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 Paid Study Assistance
  • Employee Assistance Program including Health & Well-being Portal
  • Excellent family friendly and flexible work environment.

A relocation package may be negotiated for the right applicant.

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About applying...

Click on ‘Apply Now’ to submit an application or for more information about the role, contact Rebecca Daley on 0408 511 154 or

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Closing Date: 12 March 2021