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Foster And Kinship Care Practitioner

AnglicareSA - Caboolture, QLD

Voluntary, Charity & Social Work
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The Foster and Kinship Care team currently has a vacancy for a permanent full time Foster and Kinship Care Practitioner to join the Mercy Community.

The Role…

You will be responsible for the provision of high-quality support to foster and kinship carers to meet the identified needs of children and young people placed in their care. This role will be based in our Caboolture office, supporting the North Coast region.

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

  • A 3- or 4-year tertiary qualification in Social Work, Human Services or related discipline and previous relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in the support and mentoring of children and young people in out of home care.
  • A highly developed 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.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills with the ability to build rapport and professional working relationships within the community and with both government and non-government organisations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the developmental needs of children and young people, the impacts of trauma, and the resulting emotional and behavioural issues and the ability to build positive relationships with children and young people in care.
  • Proven time management skills, with ability to balance and prioritise various client engagement, staff and administrative requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyse, evaluate and make objective judgements, and the ability to articulate recommendations for carer assessments within a structured assessment framework.
  • Computer literacy, including proficient use of Microsoft Word and Excel and the ability to use a client management system.
  • A Queensland Provisional Green or above Driver’s Licence.
  • A current positive notice in the Working with Children Check (Blue Card), 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:
  • An understanding of child protection processes including a sound knowledge of, and sensitivity to, the range of issues impacting upon vulnerable families, young people and children, including cross-cultural awareness.
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
  • Friendly and supportive workplace
This position offers a competitive salary of $65,919 - $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.

About us…

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.

Whilst we encourage and welcome candidates from all cultural backgrounds, preference will be given to applications from Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander people as a genuine part of the role.

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 Monday 24th May 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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Caboolture, QLD

Voluntary, Charity & Social Work


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