Indigenous Justice Program ('IJP') Case Worker

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Regional Youth Support Services

Applications Closing: Monday, January 20, 2020 - 17:00

The Role – Case Worker, Indigenous Justice Program (‘IJP’)
The Indigenous Justice Program (IJP) provides housing and intensive casework to Indigenous young men between 16 and 18 years of age leaving detention of the Frank Baxter Detention Centre at Kariong. The program also targets Indigenous young women and men from the NSW Central Coast on Juvenile Justice Orders to reduce their risk of further reoffending and reincarceration. The service is voluntary, flexible, and tailored to meet the individual and cultural needs of the young people. A high focus of the program is living skills and accommodation support. This program targets young Indigenous people at risk of offending and provides case management services to reduce the risks with young people disengaged, or at risk of disengagement from their community.
IJP is funded by the Australian Government Attorney General’s Department and is based on close working relationships between Juvenile Justice, Pacific Link (community housing provider), and RYSS. While participation in the IJP program is voluntary, the young people accessing the service may be referred directly by the Baxter Centre, Juvenile Justice (whose supervision they are mandated to receive) or other referral agencies.

Category: Social Work
Field: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander
Employment basis: Full-time
Job Location: Central Coast NSW
About us

Regional Youth Support Services, Inc (‘RYSS’) Summary
For 30 years, RYSS has been a point of access on the Central Coast for high quality services and facilities specifically tailored for young people. In that time, RYSS has grown as a community based, non-government organisation to be the largest locally based provider of youth specific services in the region - today delivering a range of youth work support, information, advice, and referrals, case work, advocacy, youth specific disability services, as well as programs, events, and activities that support and encourage young people as they develop their skills and abilities in living independently on the Central Coast.
RYSS maintains a close-knit, focused, professional, and supportive team of Case Managers, Support Workers, Arts Practitioners, and Specialist Intervention staff, to foster and further develop social, financial, and education networks with young people, in order to build capacity, engage the support of referral services and specialised skills programs and facilities in order to best meet the individual needs and personal goals of young people across The Coast.
RYSS provides a shopfront service centrally located in the heart of the Gosford CBD, among over half a dozen other Youth Services including ET College, the Aftercare Resource Centre, Post-School Options, and VERTO Employment. From this Shopfront service, RYSS delivers Early Intervention support, a range of Arts Programming, the Indigenous Justice Case Management Program, Skills-Based Group programs, Transitional Supported Accommodation, and Disability Support, as a registered Disability Support Provider under the NDIS. RYSS provides these supports across the entire Central Coast, supporting young people in their homes, schools, and in their communities.

Position details
Essential Selection Criteria:

Essential Criteria
Applicants must be able to address the essential criteria in order to be considered for employment in this position.
Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged
1. Demonstrated capacity to deliver case management and support to Aboriginal young people.
2. Demonstration of principles of casework planning, implementation, monitoring, and review, particularly in the context of addressing issues experienced by young people.
3. Demonstration of strengths based practice and commitment to solution focused intervention to promote meaningful change for young people.
4. Relevant tertiary qualifications (minimum Diploma level in Social/Youth related field).
5. Good organisational and administrative skills, ability to manage competing priorities and time effectively with astute decision making, problem solving and analytical skills.
6. The ability to work independently with initiative and as a part of a multi-faceted support team to deliver services to Central Coast young people.
7. Have proven abilities to develop, maintain, and role model healthy professional boundaries and relationships with clients and colleagues.
8. Ability to work with a range of community groups and establish and maintain strong networks across the Central Coast region.
9. Hold a current drivers license, with an excellent driving record and an ability to drive a manual mini bus.
10. A motor vehicle with comprehensive insurance
11. Excellent computer skills (proficient in Microsoft products, web based applications and social media).
12. Excellent communication skills, written and verbal, most importantly to be able to engage with Young People and/or their families in an effective manner.
13. Current First Aid Certificate (or proof of enrolment to course).
14. A practical understanding of WHS and maintaining policy and procedures.
15. Hold current and clear Working with Children Check and National Police Check documentation. (submit with application)

Desirable Selection Criteria:

Desirable Criteria
1. A good knowledge of support services on the Central Coast, in particular services that deliver support to young people and those that deliver Indigenous specific programs and supports.
2. A creative and flexible approach to the development and implementation of Youth programs and activities.
3. Ability to run skills development programs within an outcomes based frame work.
4. Understanding of the principles of Trauma Informed Care, and how best to implement these principles in client engagement.
5. Understanding of the particular support needs of young people who have experienced contact with the justice system.

NOTE: It is the applicants’ responsibility to provide current WWCC and NPC documentation. The position will only be offered to a person with clearance, and in line with RYSS Organisations policy.

Position Description: Download position description
How to apply

All applications need to be submitted via our website:

Date posted: 10 December 2019

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