Team Leader - Darwin


  • Make a difference in the lives of children
  • Competitive salary and excellent benefits package including, car, phone, tablet and salary packaging
  • Darwin location – Full time
  • Some travel will be required

The Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF) 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. ACF also has a strong commitment to ensuring all of its services are culturally safe and strong. This theoretical framework provides the foundation upon which all elements of care and intervention are provided by the Foundation’s Therapeutic Services.

The position of Team Leader, Therapeutic Services has been developed to help manage and support several therapeutic programs across the Northern Territory. The programs include Back on Track, a Northern Territory government initiative that provides an alternative to detention and other pathways to divert young people away from the youth justice system. ACF along with a range of other service providers has been funded to provide assessment, case management, support, restorative justice and education programs for young people referred to the program. In addition to the Back on Track Program, ACF has also been successful in being awarded as a preferred provider for the Medical and Allied Health Specialist Panel. This has entailed providing specialist assessments, as well as ongoing therapeutic interventions to children, young people and their families. Other programs include working in partnership with agencies to support their implementation of trauma informed practice, they include Territory Families, Catholic Care, Anglicare and NPY Women’s Council.


All our programs aim to use trauma informed and culturally strong services to build resilience through enhancing strong family, community and cultural connections and supporting children and young people towards a healthy developmental trajectory. This position will actively work alongside Aboriginal and other local organizations in the delivery of programs and services. At times the Team Leader will may also be required to carry a small caseload.

Your primary responsibilities:

  • Ensure that all services offered by ACF are culturally safe.
  • Formal individual supervision and group reflective practice.
  • Engage in and lead ACF’s practice quality assurance processes.
  • Agency, management and administrative accountability.
  • Facilitate the development of innovative program initiatives that effectively meet the needs of children, young people and families in the service.
  • Provide clinical leadership and maintain a high quality in the therapeutic practice of the service.
  • Mentor and support staff in the delivery of therapeutic services.
  • In collaboration with key stakeholders, contribute to the development and implementation of an evaluation, monitoring and review strategy for the program.
  • Facilitate ongoing innovation in clinical work with abused and traumatised children, young people and their families.
  • Support the implementation of new services and/or initiatives.
  • Participate in inter-agency and network meetings with other relevant professionals where required, e.g. liaise, where appropriate, with other agencies/organisations in the child/young person’s context who are critical to the therapeutic care plan, e.g. Territory families, school, and other service providers.
  • Provide advocacy on behalf of the child or young person where required, eg. school, police, courts.
  • Deliver training to carers, other staff and other key stakeholders relevant to the program.
  • Undertake assessment and clinical intervention of children, young people and their families as required.

About You – Key Selection Criteria:

  • An appropriate tertiary qualification in Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy or a related discipline.
  • Eligibility for membership of the relevant professional association.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and supervision in the clinical assessment and treatment and care of traumatised children, young people and families.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work in a culturally safe manner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people, families, carers and communities.
  • Highly developed ability to provide secondary consultation and advice to clinicians and other professionals.
  • Demonstrated capacity to communicate effectively and positively within a team environment.
  • 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/young people.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage competing demands and prioritise accordingly.
  • Demonstrated experience in implementing new programs/initiatives.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively and the capacity to negotiate and liaise with volunteers, including carers, government departments, 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 Northern Territory driver’s licence or equivalent.
  • A current Working with Children check or equivalent.


Remuneration & Benefits:

This position attracts a competitive base salary + vehicle + 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
  • Employee Assistance Program


To Apply:

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

Please forward a copy of your current resume along with a cover letter addressing each of the Key Selection Criteria to recruitment@childhood.org.au

Or for more information about the role or a copy of the position description please email recrutiment@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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