Senior Advisor/Team Leader

  • Mitcham location – full-time role
  • Initial fixed-term 12-month contract
  • Fully maintained company vehicle
  • Competitive salary and excellent benefits package including phone, tablet, and salary packaging

The Australian Childhood Foundation has a strong reputation for delivery of therapeutic services, professional training and secondary consultation built upon up-to-date evidence based theoretical frameworks including the neurobiology of trauma, attachment and relational theories and child development. This theoretical framework provides the foundation upon which all elements of care and intervention are provided by the Foundations Therapeutic Services.

The Foundation has a long history in the provision of clinical programs for children who engage in harmful sexual behaviour. The Senior Advisor in this role will work with children and young people aged between 8-17 years who are engaging in harmful sexual behaviour and who are placed in residential care in the DFFH North Division. Service delivery extends across the North Metro Area, Loddon Area and Mallee Area.

The position will be based within the Child Trauma Service – Eastern Metro region of Victoria and will also hold a small caseload of clients engaging in Harmful Sexual Behaviour, along with supervising ACF practitioners within the Child Trauma Service.  The Child Trauma Service provides high quality counselling and support services to children and young people who have experienced sexual abuse, family violence or engaged in harmful sexual behaviour.

About you – Key selection criteria 

  • An appropriate tertiary qualification in Social Work, Psychology, or a related discipline.
  • Eligibility for membership of the relevant professional association.
  • Substantial experience in the area of harmful sexual behaviours in children and young people.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and direct service in the clinical assessment and treatment of children, young people and families.
  • Highly developed ability to provide secondary consultation and advice to clinicians and other professionals.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver training related to the identification, risk assessment and management of harmful sexual behaviours into the residential care workforce.
  • Demonstrated capacity to lead practice and program development in a specialist area of challenging and complex practice.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of trauma, attachment and neurobiology frameworks and theories.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively and the capacity to negotiate and liaise with DFFH, Out of Home Care providers, education, other agencies and the community.
  • A sophisticated understanding of the complexity of the service system and the issues involved in providing services to statutory clients.
  • A current Victorian driver’s licence or equivalent and working with children check.
  • Up to date COVID-19 vaccination.

Remuneration & Benefits:

This position attracts a competitive base salary with a fully maintained company vehicle (a small fortnightly contribution is required towards the personal use of the vehicle). The position also includes a mobile phone + tablet + superannuation + salary packaging.  The salary is determined on the basis of the employee’s experience and qualifications.  In joining a strong, values-based organisation, you will also have access to:

A generous annual professional development allowance
Employee Assistance Program

To apply:

Interested in this new opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children?

Please use the link below where you will be redirected to our candidate portal. You will be able to attach a copy of your current resume along with a cover letter, addressing each of the Key Selection Criteria.


For more information about the role or a copy of the position description please email Bree Roberts at recruitment@childhood.org.au

Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF) is committed to protecting children and young people from harm. We require all applicants to undergo an extensive screening process prior to appointment.

ACF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and people with a disability are strongly encouraged to apply.

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