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Shepparton, VIC

Therapeutic Specialist

SABTS (Harmful Sexual Behaviours Program) 

  • Full time – ongoing permanent position
  • Shepparton location
  • Competitive salary and excellent benefits package including, phone, tablet and salary packaging

The Foundation currently provides a range of therapeutic care programs in foster care and residential care in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, the ACT and the Northern Territory. The Foundation is responsible for delivering the specialist therapeutic services within these programs which are delivered in partnership with a range of foster and residential care providers.

About the role:

This role provides direct therapeutic support and intervention to understand, respond to and support children and young people who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviours. The role also has a clinical leadership focus with regard to the development and implementation of appropriate therapeutic support for children and young people within their particular care setting, including out of home care, and works closely with professionals and carers to develop trauma-informed therapeutic approaches to support children and young people.

The primary objectives of the position are to:

  • ensure that risk and safety concerns are the subject of a continuous cycle of assessment and review for children and young people;
  • resource parents/carers and others to provide nurturing, therapeutic, reparative care for children and young people who present with complex needs and challenging behaviours using a trauma framework;
  • ensure that children and young people are provided with opportunities and assistance to participate in decisions that affect their lives;
  • ensure a multi-systemic, integrated, coordinated, consistent and holistic response to the needs of children, young people and parents/carers;
  • work with families in a supportive, inclusive and respectful way; and,
  • ensure that meaningful planning occurs in regard to the cultural needs of Aboriginal and other culturally diverse children and young people.

About You – Key Selection Criteria:

  • An appropriate tertiary qualification in Psychology, Social Work or a related discipline.
  • Eligibility for membership of the relevant professional association.
  • 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 capacity to lead and manage in an area of challenging and complex practice.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of trauma, attachment and neurobiology frameworks and theories.
  • Substantial experience in the area of child abuse and/or in working with traumatised children.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively and the capacity to negotiate and liaise with volunteers, including carers, DFFH, 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 driver’s licence or equivalent.
  • A current Working with Children check or equivalent

Remuneration & Benefits:

This position attracts a competitive base salary + 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 Professional Development Allowance
  • Access to Wellbeing Initiatives

To Apply:

Interested in making a difference to the lives of children?

To apply for this opportunity please click here where you will be redirected to our internal portal.

For more information about the role or a copy of the position description please contact Bree  – HR Officer 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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