Youth Worker

Youth Worker

Gympie Flexible Learning Centre in Queensland


  • School Network Gympie Flexible Learning Centre, Marlene Moore Flexi Schools
  • Network, Edmund Rice Education Australia
  • Hours of Duty Full time position
  • Reports To Head of Campus, Gympie FLC and Principal, MMFSN, EREA
  • Band Wage Scale Queensland Catholic Employing Authority Single Enterprise Collective
  • Agreement Religious Institute Schools of Queensland


Reference GFLC/SW/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 andinnovative 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 Human Services;
  • 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



See - Publications for further information.


See below - Foundation Statement and Strategic Values.



Primary Role:


The Social Worker reports to the Head of Campus and Principal, MMFSN. He/she has delegated responsibility to develop and maintain the wellbeing and social inclusion responses of the campus. He or she provides wellbeing leadership to the workers and the young people of the campus, working collaboratively with the Head of Campus, Director and Marlene Moore Flexi Schools Team.



  • Qualifications at Degree/Diploma level (Psychology, Social Work, Youth Work or equivalent (e.g. Socialor Behavioural Sciences)
  • Previous experience in the youth sector will be considered advantageous.
  • The employee should also possess or be eligible for a Positive Notice blue card for Child Related Employment issued by the Commission for Children and Young People.



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
  • Demonstrated ability and experience in developing and running programs for groups of young people


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:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Team participation/multidisciplinary practice:

  • Participate in professional supervision
  • Participate in regular whole team reflective practice sessions including daily staff debrief

4. Supports child protection procedures according to policy:

In consultation with the 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

5. Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Maintains appropriate records and prepares reports as required
  • Maintains records on the database
  • Support the development of personal learning plans
  • Participates in young people in care compliance meetings

6. 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.

7. Other identified duties specific to the role in this Flexible Learning Centre:

Carries out duties and tasks that may be reasonably assigned by the Principal, MMFSN, Youth+ EREA from time to time.


To Apply:

Applications should be forwarded to  by Friday 25 October 2013 and need to include:

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

Queries for further information should be directed to Zoe Surawski 0428 967 843 or Peter Tracy 0458 335 405.

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.


School Details

Gympie Flexible Learning Centre,


Close Date: 25th October 2013


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