Child and Young Person’s Development Worker X2

Full time

SEED Program Overview

The SEED program is a multi-faceted and targeted program for children and young people living in WAGEC's crisis and transitional accommodation, addressing their social, emotional, educational and development needs. Program activities are delivered by specialist staff and skilled volunteers with children and young people, and their families and carers. Two key program strands are:

  • maintaining child-safe and enriching environments at our accommodation sites through organising structured programs (e.g. homework club, holiday programs, art workshops), child minding and maintaining child-centered resources such as toys, books and foods.
  • providing case management and programs directly with children and young people ensuring that their needs are centered and addressed appropriately.

The SEED program works collaboratively with WAGEC’s Specialist Homelessness Services, skilled volunteers, and community partners.

Position Purpose

The core responsibilities of this role are to:

  1. Maintain child-safe and child-centered environments
  2. Provide ad-hoc support and care to children and carers
  3. Contribute to WAGEC’s overall client services
  4. Maintain personal and professional effectiveness
  5. Contribute to WAGEC’s organisational culture

Core Position Responsibilities

1. Design and deliver activities that develop the social, emotional, educational and other developmental needs of children and young people

a) Plan, promote and deliver daily activities that engage children and young people and encourage positive carer-child interactions

b) Plan, promote and deliver specific programs such as school holidays and special events

c) Consult with case managers to maintain awareness of current client needs

d) Collaborate with the Fundraising and Communities Team to access volunteers and material donations to support activities

e) Record relevant data and feedback from clients

2. Maintain trauma-informed, child-safe and child-centered environments

a) Maintain the overall safety, cleanliness and organisation of children and young people’s resources

b) Proactively manage interactions and the use of space to help children feel safe and included

c) Receive, sort, and arrange prompt distribution of children and young people's donations and supplies

3. Provide ad-hoc support and care to children and carers

a) Support children and young people to feel welcome and safe as they move into accommodation

b) Support children and young people to transition out of accommodation

c) Provide on-site child minding as required

d) Maintain productive professional relationships with all clients

4. Contribute to WAGEC’s overall client services

a) Advocate for the needs and experiences of children and young people within your team

b) Provide incidental, brief support to other clients

c) Assist with activities that contribute to maintaining a safe, therapeutic, and welcoming environment

d) Work collaboratively and collegially with colleagues

e) Contribute to planning, evaluation, and development activities

5. Maintain personal and professional effectiveness

a) Work collaboratively and collegially with volunteers, colleagues, and program stakeholders

b) Engage in regular professional supervision, management supervision and training

c) Maintain accurate records and reports for all activities

d) Submit timesheets and leave requests on time

e) Apply WAGEC’s procedures to daily work

f) Maintain relevant professional sector relationships and partnerships

g) Maintain awareness of emerging sector issues

6. Contribute to WAGEC’s organisational culture

a) Work in a manner consistent with WAGEC’s vision, values, and strategy

b) Apply WAGEC’s Ethical Stance to ethical dilemmas, managing your professional and personal obligations at work

c) Contribute to maintaining a culture of safety through applying WHS and risk management processes

d) Contribute to WAGEC’s overall social impact

e) Occasionally perform other duties as requested by your manager or Leadership Team member

How to Apply

1. Read the position description available and check out our range of work here.

2. If you have any questions, please call/email us before making an application

3. Send us your application which should contain:

  • Your 2-3-page CV, and
  • A 2-page cover letter telling us why you think you are the best person to fill this role and what characteristics you will bring to the WAGEC team.

4. Applications should be emailed to recruitment@wagec.org.au

5. Applications close 9am Monday 25th July 2022.

For further information: Meredith Turnbull, WAGEC Recruitment Consultant, Phone: 0437 880 010 Email: recruitment@wagec.org.au

WAGEC is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse staff team. If you think you have what it takes to do this role, but you don’t meet our selection criteria, please get in touch anyway to discuss your situation. We recognise that sometimes the right person for a job is based in personal qualities and not just qualifications.