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Youth Worker

Life Without Barriers - Cairns City, QLD

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Youth Worker
Employment type: Casual, Part Time
Location: Cairns & Far North
Categories: Child, Youth & Family

About the Organisation

Life Without Barriers is a leading social purpose, not for profit organisation of 7,000 employees working in more than 440 communities across Australia. We support children, young people and families, people with disability, older people and people with mental illness. We work with people who are homeless and refugees and asylum seekers.

We want to employ people who reflect the diversity of our clients to ensure we can support each client's individual needs and wants. We encourage people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background and people with disability to apply.

About the Role

Guided by the six principles of the CARE model, the Youth Worker provides direct care and mentoring of children and/or young people with a wide range of responsibility for specialised program activities, child/young person development and supervision, and promotion of a safe environment.

Our Child, Youth and Family program in Cairns supports children and young people within a Residential service who present with high complex needs; including high medical needs, mental health, disability, emotional and complex behavioural issues. Our ideal candidate will have disability experience and will be able to work closely with other staff to assist young people to heal from their trauma and achieve their potential whilst planning for permanency.

Please note: Due to the nature of the role, you will be required to work a rotating roster. Shift work will include afterhours work, sleepover shifts and weekend work (penalties included).

Key Responsibilities

  • Form and maintain professional, nurturing relationships with children and young people by building trust through visible interest and active engagement
  • Act as an appropriate adult role model, seeking to engage young people in purposeful activities aimed at developing life skills and self-worth
  • Support the involvement of family and where applicable, facilitate family visits/connection and the promotion of positive family relationships with children and young people, to suit individual needs
  • Promote and encourage positive relationships with peers and other persons significant to the child/young person
  • Assist the child/young person to participate as full as possible in making decisions about the activities undertaken

Please note - due to the current environment, community access is not part of the service offering. All shifts will take place in the young persons' home or will include an essential services such as medical appointments.

Skills & Experience

  • You must have obtained or be willing to work towards your Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (or similar) If you are unsure if you meet these minimum qualification standards
  • Valid unrestricted Australian drivers licence - Essential
  • Valid First Aid Certificate and CPR Certification or willing to obtain one at your own cost - Essential
  • Complete Hope and Healing Framework Foundations Training prior to commencing unsupervised, direct work with children and young people.

Successful candidates will be required to clear probity checks including National Criminal History Record Check and Working with Children Check (where relevant to the role).


  • Rewarding role with extensive opportunities for professional development
  • Competitive hourly rate and access to salary packaging through Maxxia
  • Ongoing career opportunities
  • Hope & Healing bonus of $300 in recognition for completing all 10 modules prior to starting your first day