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Supported Independent Living (SIL) Support Worker - Taree - Part-Time

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CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning is a reputable not-for-profit organisation and an agency of the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

Supported Independent Living (SIL) Support Worker - Taree - Part-Time


Taree & Manning Region, NSW (2hrs north of Newcastle)

  • Provide support to Case Managers and support young people as they transition into adulthood.
  • Work in one of the Hunter-Manning’s predominant social services organisations.
  • Competitive salary & salary packaging benefits, career development & progression opportunities.

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CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning is a not-for-profit organisation and an agency of the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. We offer whole-of-community support and empowerment options to those in need regardless of religion, age, gender, physical and intellectual capacity, or ethnicity. 

The Team

The Supported Independent Living (SIL) Team supports 2 programs, the Supported Independent Living (SIL) Program and AfterCare Program. The SIL Program provides a transitional service for young people moving from statutory care into independent living and adulthood. The AfterCare Program assists those young people leaving care who do not have strong family or friendship networks or adult mentors and provides support to them as they transition into adulthood.

Both programs assist and support the young people we support transition from statutory care into supported independent living and into adulthood. The programs empower them to live independently and assist them to identify and move closer towards their aspirations.

Our SIL Team has undergone a restructure to better meet the needs of these programs and the young people we support to ensure that when they leave our program they are well equipped to have a fulfilling life, have well developed life skills and are working toward achieving their goals in life.

The Role

This is a permanent part-time position working 4 days per week, based in our Taree Office.

CatholicCare is seeking an exceptional Support Worker to provide assistance and support to our Case Managers.

This position is responsible for assisting the Case Managers in the complex work they undertake with the young people we support and supporting the competency - based programs that will assist these young people learn life skills to live independently and have a successful transition into adulthood. It involves developing strong working relationships with the young people we support and the wider SIL team. There is also a major administrative aspect to this role as it requires the completion of accurate, timely and well written case notes and other documentation. 

Benefits of Working With Us

  • receive an attractive salary with salary packaging (up to $15,899 per annum);
  • receive 3 additional days leave, Bishop’s Leave, between the Christmas and the New Year period annually;
  • fantastic ongoing training & development, coaching & mentoring and career progression opportunities;
  • a great friendly environment of dedicated and passionate co-workers;
  • discounted gym membership;
  • and more. 


Please ensure you individually address each of the essential and desirable criteria below.

Essential Criteria:
  • Certificate level qualification in Community Service Welfare, Youth Work, Child and Family studies or a related field, preferably at Diploma level (or working towards) or extensive experience working with young people.
  • A commitment to the Vision, Mission and Values of our organisation.
  • An understanding of the impact of disadvantage on individuals, families and communities.
  • A demonstrated understanding of the NSW Permanency Support Program and the needs of the young people in the program.
  • An understanding of the SIL Program and how it can support the Permanency Support Program.
  • Ability to help support, empower and enable young people to become independent and the best version of themselves.
  • A commitment to teamwork approaches and the ability to work independently and proactively.
  • A demonstrated ability to self-reflect and to engage in and grow from reflective practices sessions in both a group and one on one environment.
  • Willingness to be available for on call roster and rotated weekend or after-hours work.
  • Excellent skills in implementing strategies that promote emotional and developmental well-being in young people who have experienced complex trauma.
  • Current NSW driver licence and use of own vehicle.
  • Current paid Working with Children Check.
Desirable Criteria:
  • Knowledge of childhood trauma and development theory and the impacts on young people in their adolescent years and beyond.
  • Experience working with people from a Culturally & Linguistically Diverse and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background.
  • Experience working with youth who demonstrate challenging behaviour.
  • Experience in working from a strengths-based perspective.

To Apply

Please provide a copy of your current resume and a cover letter individually addressing each of the essential and desirable criteria.

*Please note that not adequately addressing the selection criteria will result in your application not being shortlisted.*

Additional Information

The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is a child safe organisation, committed to the protection of children and has zero-tolerance of any abuse of children. All employees are required to undergo a National Police Check, retain a valid Working with Children Check where necessary and comply with our Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct. 

Positions identified as child related employment at the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle must have a valid Working With Children Check. For more information, please visit the NSW Office of Children’s Guardian. 

This position has been determined as child related and a current Working With Children Check for paid employment is required. Applicants must be able to demonstrate an understanding of appropriate behaviours when engaging with children.

The appointment of successful applicants will be subject to satisfactory employment screening including the completion of a National Police Check, where applicable the retention of a valid Working with Children Check and adoption and compliance with our Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct.

Applications close 11.59pm on Friday, 18 September 2020.

For further information please contact the Operations Manager - Permanency Support Program on 02 4923 0670.