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Job Title : Secure Care Officer - Casual


Government, Defence & Emergency
Source: uWorkin

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The Department of Communities brings together the services and functions of disability services, child protection and family support, housing, youth justice, community initiatives and regional services reform.

The Kath French Secure Care Centre (KFSCC) in Stoneville is a planned, short-term intensive intervention for children who are at extreme risk and where existing services cannot manage the risk. The Department’s secure care practice model is consistent with recognised therapeutic models of intervention, involving admission to a secure facility to stabilise and keep children safe while developing a suitable plan to address his or her needs in readiness for a return to the community.

For more information about Secure Care, click here. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply for this position.


We are looking for experienced individuals to join our team as Secure Care Officers. Secure Care Officers are employed to care for the children, working therapeutically in a coordinated team approach. Secure Care Officers engage with the children and assist them to work within the individual programme developed for each child. Practice is guided by a number of Theories including Trauma, Attachment, Systems and Developmental.

The care of the children is guided by a trauma informed, Therapeutic framework and incorporates the Sanctuary Model and principles. The length of stay, and regularity of planning meetings is governed by Legislation, and all staff are required to be aware of the legislative responsibilities and expectations.

Secure Care Officers receive training that assists them to understand the effects of trauma and abuse on brain development that results in challenging and confrontational behaviour. Training includes Therapeutic Crisis Intervention which provides knowledge and strategies to avoid behavioural escalations, as well as the capacity to take physical control of children as an ultimate safety measure.


The attached Job Description Form (JDF) provides more information about the position. For further information we encourage you to contact Helen McFarland, Director Secure Care or Penny Wakefield, Assistant Director on (08) 9295 9000.

Successful applicants must be available during the period 12 to 23 April 2021 for mandatory training.


This pool recruitment process for casual and full-time fixed term opportunities. If you are suitable for this position you will be placed in a Pool from which appointments may be made for similar vacancies across the Department of Communities.

Initial appointments will be on a casual basis with other temporary opportunities offered as they arise.

Please note that casual employees work on an irregular basis with no set hours and no expectation of ongoing work. A casual loading of 25% is applied to the standard hourly rate in lieu of leave entitlements.


Apply online by clicking the ‘Apply for Job’ button (above or below) and provide the following documents in Word or PDF format only:

  1. A current comprehensive resume/CV.
  2. A 2-page written application addressing all the essential work-related requirements (selection criteria) as stated on the JDF.
  3. A copy of all qualification/s (regardless of the relevance to the role) as specified in your application or resume/CV (if applicable)
  4. An application form (for hard copy applications only)

If you are selected to interview a copy of all qualification/s (regardless of the relevance to the role) as specified in your application or resume/CV (if applicable) will need to be provided.

Referees will be contacted at any stage during this process.

For technical difficulties while applying online, general recruitment enquiries, please contact a HR team member at HRHub@communities.wa.gov.au.

Application tips:

For more tips on how to prepare your application visit our employment website.

Equity and Diversity

The Department of Communities embraces diversity and firmly believes that the best services come from a workplace, where varied viewpoints are welcomed and encouraged every day. We are committed to creating an equitable and diverse workforce, where we encourage applications from people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally diverse backgrounds, women and youth.

If you have any access needs that may require adjustments to allow you to fully participate in the application and interview process, or alternative methods of communication, please contact Sheri Locher-Davis, HR Advisor, on 0432 832 261. If you are an Aboriginal person who would like assistance with your application, please contact Jobs and Skills WA on 13 64 64.

Lodgement is system generated. Any emailed applications or late submissions on or after 4:00pm will not be accepted.



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Stoneville, WA

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