Social/Youth Worker

Social/Youth Worker


St Joseph’s Flexible Learning Centre in Alice Springs


School Network St Joseph’s Catholic FLC, Alice Springs, EREA, Youth+ Northern Territory CEO


Hours of Duty: Commencing beginning of 2014 school year.


This position is a full time position however applications for part time positions will also be considered.


Reports To Head of Campus; Director, Youth+


Band Wage Scale As per award (Catholic Schools Northern Territory Collective Enterprise Agreement 2011)


Reference ASFLC/YW/1013




Youth+ is an initiative of Edmund Rice Education Australia. Youth+ services including Flexible Learning Centres (FLCs) offer a full-time and multiyear secondary education and social inclusion program for young people who are disenfranchised from mainstream structures. Young people may express a broad range of complex education and social needs and the Youth+ services respond with a variety of flexible and innovative social inclusion and learning experiences.


Youth + services provide young people with a varied and holistic set of learning experiences supporting them to identify and pursue an individual transition to adulthood, employment, further education and training and social connectedness. Young people include indigenous and non-indigenous young people who are disengaged from mainstream education for a range of reasons and include:


  • Young people who have had contact with the juvenile justice system;
  • Young people in the care of the Department of Child Safety;
  • Young people with a history of trauma;
  • Young people with a history of extended periods of unexplained absences from school
  • Young people who are highly mobile;
  • Young people who may have mental health and wellbeing concerns
  • Young people who have been excluded or repeatedly suspended from school;
  • Young people who are school refusers
  • Young people who are homeless;
  • Young people who are young parents;
  • Young people with a generational history of early school leaving and/or unemployment


St Joseph’s FLC was established in 2012 and is currently growing to provide a middle and senior school program of up to 85 young people.


See - Publications for further information.


See attached - Foundation Statement and Strategic Values.


Primary Role:


The Youth/Social Worker reports to the Head of Campus and Director, Youth+. He/she has responsibility to support engagement, wellbeing and social inclusion responses of the campus. He or she provides wellbeing support to the young people of the campus including engagement and program activities. She/He works collaboratively and is supported by Teachers, Youth/SocialWorkers, Head of Campus.




  • Previous experience in the youth sector
  • The applicant may have qualifications at Degree or Diploma level
  • The employee should possess or be eligible for a Working With Children Clearance Notice and Ochre Card


Key Characteristics:


The employee in this position is required to demonstrate competency involving self directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in youth/social work practices.


Skills and Knowledge:


  • Demonstrated skills and knowledge in youth/social work theory, process, frameworks and ethics.
  • Ability to analyse complex situations and implementation of appropriate strategies to enhance the professional practice of teaching and non teaching staff
  • Demonstrated capacity to work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team, to work collaboratively and establish and maintain professional relationships with all stakeholders


Principles of Operation (Respect, Participation, Safe and Legal, Honesty):


A primary responsibility for this role is to maintain fidelity to Operation by Principle and the best practice guidelines as articulated in the Youth+ Foundation and FLC Occasional Papers (available on the website)


Duties and Responsibilities:


Typical duties and responsibilities include but are not restricted to:


  • Develop and coordinate external support networks
  • Liaise and develop service referral and provision with government and non government agencies at appropriate levels to support health, mental health and wellbeing needs of young people.
  • Develop partnerships with key agencies to support services being delivered on site at the FLC where appropriate/possible.
  • Support young people to access support services e.g. counseling, health support, community activities.
  • Work collaboratively with the team to support/develop cultural links, community and family connections which support the engagement and connection of young people to learning and the wider community.
  • Participates in program provision to ensure wellbeing in an inclusive learning environment 
  • Collaborates with the team to support a socially inclusive program that responds to the physical, intellectual, social, spiritual and cultural needs of young people.
  • Participates in the daily routines and activities of the FLC e.g. morning meetings, lunch, electives, outings, camps.
  • Undertakes a direct program provision role with a focus on health, wellbeing and engagement within the FLC.
  • Participates in a range of programs/activities during the school holidays to maintain connections for vulnerable young people.
  • Team participation/multidisciplinary practice
  • Participate in professional supervision
  • Participate in regular whole team reflective practice sessions including daily staff debrief
  • Supports child protection procedures according to policy


In consultation with the Associate Head of Campus, Head of Campus and Child Protection Coordinator, Youth+:


  • Provide a support service to staff and young people dealing with issues of child protection
  • Provide a referral point for young people to appropriate support services as indicated
  • Maintains appropriate records and prepares reports as required.
  • Maintains records on the database
  • Support the development of personal learning plans
  • Participates in YP in care compliance meetings
  • Specific duties for Cultural Youth Workers: Lead and support professional practice which is culturally appropriate
  • Work collaboratively with the team to ensure program provision is culturally appropriate.
  • Lead the team in the sourcing and provision of activities which support cultural links and community engagement
  • Work collaboratively with the team to develop community and family connections which support the engagement and connection of young people to learning and the wider community.
  • Other identified duties specific to the role in this Flexible Learning Centre
  • Carries out duties and tasks that may be reasonably assigned by the Director from time to time.

Application Process:


Applications should be forwarded to by Friday 18 October 2013 and need to include:


  • A response to the selection criteria (listed below)
  • A current resume outlining previous experience and skills
  • Two referees (including contact details). Please include a referee from current or most recent place of employment

Please contact Michelle Murray on 04448 335 411 or via email for further queries.


Youth+ supports the rights of children and young people and is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment directed at ensuring their safety and wellbeing. All applicants for these positions will be subject to EREA screening procedures.


Selection Criteria:




SC1: Experience in working with young people with complex needs, their families and community to provide occupational therapy which supports mental health, wellbeing, social inclusion and learning outcomes.


SC2: As part of a team, ability to provide a range of flexible programs and activities which successfully engage and support young people.


SC3: Commitment to working under four principles of operation: Respect, Safe and Legal, Honesty and Participation. The principles establish a “common ground” among staff, young people and families, where the means to resolve conflict, negotiate learning, recognise rights, responsibilities and consequences are modelled and explored, both within the group and individually


SC 4: Ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.


SC5: Current or eligibility for Positive Notice Working with Children Check.


Foundation Statement:


Youth+ seeks to respond to the needs of young people disenfranchised and disengaged from education. They provide a place and an opportunity to re-engage in a suitable, flexible learning environment. Flexible Learning Centres seek to build honest and authentic relationships with young people, their families and communities, supporting and celebrating the uniqueness and dignity of each person. Flexible Learning Centres are guided by the vision of Edmund Rice about the empowering service of education, to achieve personal and community liberation through educational experiences that enable transformation.


Strategic Values:


Within our radical, social and ecological justice framework, Flexible Learning Centres are intentional learning communities that articulate the following core values through authenticity and integrity and are expressed through the life journey of its members.




Safety within our environment is liberating, holistic and implicit in all aspects of community life. This includes non violence, peaceful resolution of conflict, celebration of diversity, freedom from judgement, security to take emotional and intellectual risks.




Relationships are formed on shared common ground with compassion and love, respecting and celebrating the individual. We embrace the connectedness of complex and authentic relationships within diverse communities.




Our dynamic communities seek to be life giving environments where the dignity of all is honoured. Our communities are multi dimensional spaces for the liberating power of learning and engaging together.




We walk together on journeys of individual and community transformation. We are sustained by and celebrate our commitment to hope, optimism and a belief in the possible.




Eco-justice calls us to enact our responsibility to the interconnectedness, sacredness and dignity of all creation.


Closing Date: 18th October 2013


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