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Intensive Foster And Kinship Care Practitioner, Iips

Mercy Community - East Toowoomba, QLD

Voluntary, Charity & Social Work
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We are looking for a motivated Intensive Foster and Kinship Care Practitioner to join the Foster and Kinship Care Team at Mercy Community. This fixed term full-time position is available now until 21st January 2022 and will be based in our Toowoomba offices, supporting the area.

The Intensive Foster and Kinship Care Practitioner is responsible for leading and supporting the intervention planning to ensure high quality out-of-home care and support for children, young people with their carers / families and where possible, to bring about therapeutic change as informed by the MC Model of Practice which is needs-based, trauma sensitive and relationship/attachment focused in order to assist them to reach their full potential.

To be eligible for this position you will require (Key Selection Criteria):

Level 3: 3- or 4-year tertiary qualification in Social Work, Behavioural Sciences, Psychology or related discipline

Level 4: 3- or 4-year tertiary qualification in Social Work, Behavioural Sciences, Psychology or related discipline with previous relevant experience.

  • Demonstrated experience in positive behaviour management strategies and support.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing case assessment/work services to children and families within a child protection framework.
  • Experience in child and carers’ intervention plans based on assessments within a structured assessment framework.
  • A sound understanding of statutory child protection processes including a sound knowledge of, and sensitivity to, the range of presentations likely to be encountered in children and young people who have experienced significant trauma both.
  • Demonstrated experience in working closely, creatively and appropriately with families, and engaging with them with a strengths-based focus to meet the social, emotional and psychological needs of the children and young people in their care.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a demonstrated ability to analyse, evaluate and make objective judgements and articulate such in care plans and reports.
  • A demonstrated ability to produce written case notes and reports that are clear and structured, evidenced with sound theoretical understandings.
  • Demonstrated time management skills, with ability to balance and prioritise various client engagement and administrative requirements.
  • A demonstrated ability to self-motivate and exercise creativity and initiative in your work, as well as participate in structured supervision and receive direction and feedback in relation to work performance and practice.
  • Ability to provide rostered after hours on-call support,
  • Computer literacy, including proficient use of Microsoft Word and ability to use a client management system.
  • A Queensland Provisional Green or above Driver’s Licence and a current positive notice in the Working with Children Check (Blue Card), with the ability to obtain positive Police Check and any other legislatively required personal history screening as required
  • Evidence of current vaccination against whooping cough or willingness to obtain prior to commencement
  • Willing and able to work within a Christian context and Mercy Community’s mission, purpose and values.
It is beneficial for candidates to have:
  • Skills and knowledge around the issues and practice directions in the area of out-of-home care working with children and families.
  • An understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and societies and the issues which impact upon them in contemporary society together with a commitment to culturally appropriate engagement and practice.
As a Mercy Community employee, we’ll offer you:
  • The chance to make a genuine difference in people’s lives.
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Program.
  • Career pathways for those wishing to grow within the company.
  • A friendly and supportive workplace.
This position offers a competitive salary of $62,738 - $77,854 gross per annum in line with Level 3 to 4 of our Enterprise Agreement (dependent on qualifications and experience) and other benefits in line with our Agreement.

Mercy Community is a Catholic faith based not-for-profit organisation, focused on the provision of innovative and responsive services in the areas of child protection, multicultural community support, family mental health, community and residential based aged care and disability support services. We are a strongly committed team that works hard and truly lives our values – Mercy, Acceptance, Excellence, Dignity, Empowerment and Integrity.

We are committed to actively and positively contribute to the quality of life and wellbeing of the people we support and to embrace our community diversity in all its forms. We encourage you to visit our website to find out more about Mercy Community.

To apply please head to this link: and follow the prompts.

Applications must be completed online and include an updated resume, a copy of your current positive notice in the Working with Children Check (Blue Card) and a response to the Key Selection Criteria in your cover letter (maximum 2 pages).

Please apply immediately as we are seeking to fill this position as soon as possible. Applications will close at 4:30pm on Wednesday 17th February 2021, however Mercy Community reserves the right to interview and appoint a suitable candidate prior to the closing date of this campaign.

Please note that you must be eligible to work in Australia to be considered for this position. Employment is conditional upon maintaining a clear personal history screening checks throughout employment.

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Mercy Community

East Toowoomba, QLD

Voluntary, Charity & Social Work


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