Work For the Foundation

The Australian Childhood Foundation was formed in 1986 with its primary aim to advocate on behalf of children who have suffered abuse and neglect. We work to prevent child abuse and reduce the harm it causes to children, families and the community. We provide specialist trauma counselling and therapeutic care to child victims of abuse, as well as running research, education and community awareness programs.

An attractive salary package will be offered to the right candidate. The successful applicant must have a Working with Children Check (or equivalent) and be willing to abide by the Foundation’s Safeguarding Children Policies. The Australian Childhood Foundation is committed to EEO principles, anti discriminatory practice and a smoke-free workplace.

Current Positions Available

  • Full time position available – one twelve month fixed-term contract
  • Make a difference in the lives of children
  • Competitive salary and excellent benefits package including, vehicle, phone, tablet and salary packaging
  • Shepparton location

The Australian Childhood Foundation has a strong reputation for delivery of therapeutic services, professional training and secondary consultation built upon up-to-date evidence based theoretical frameworks including the neurobiology of trauma, attachment and relational theories and child development. This theoretical framework provides the foundation upon which all elements of care and intervention are provided by the Foundations Therapeutic Services.

The Foundation currently provides a range of therapeutic care programs in foster care and residential care in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, the ACT and the Northern Territory. The Foundation is responsible for delivering the specialist therapeutic services within these programs which are delivered in partnership with a range of foster and residential care providers.

ACF currently has an exciting vacancy for a Child Trauma Counsellor/Therapeutic Specialist to join our small team based in Shepparton. In this role you will carry a varied caseload across a range of therapeutic programs offered by the Foundation. You will provide counselling to children, young people and their carers, clinical leadership with regard to the development and implementation of appropriate therapeutic support for children and young people. You will also provide training for professionals and carers in trauma-informed therapeutic approaches.

Your primary responsibilities:

  • Participate in program development, implementation and review of the Therapeutic Services Program working collaboratively to contribute to the successful development and implementation of the program at both regional and program levels.
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships with key stakeholders relevant to the Program.
  • Engage in intake and risk assessment procedures in accordance with organizational and program processes.
  • Undertake specialized trauma assessments for children and young people referred into the program addressing both the trauma and attachment dimensions in addition to other critical issues and developmental vulnerabilities.
  • Provide specialist individual and parent/child therapeutic support to children within the program to promote their recovery from the effects of their abuse or experiences of family violence.
  • Build parent/carer trust to talk about the impact of trauma and family violence on the child, and provide ongoing support to parents/carers and the care team to consistently meet the needs of the child.
  • Development and facilitation of structured group and/or family sessions where appropriate for children and families/carers.
  • Use a trauma-informed approach to provide secondary consultation concerning the needs of children referred to the program to members of each childs care team, network and others involved in the childs life as appropriate.
  • Work in partnership with the child protection service, police and other relevant organisations to ensure a coordinated, effective and timely response to children, carers and families or origin.
  • Deliver training in the area of child abuse and trauma to carers and professionals.

    About you – Key Selection Criteria:

  • An appropriate tertiary qualification in Psychology, Social Work or a related discipline.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and direct service in the clinical assessment and treatment of children, young people and families.
  • Highly developed ability to provide secondary consultation and advice to clinicians and other professionals.
  • Demonstrated capacity to lead and manage in an area of challenging and complex practice.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of trauma, attachment and neurobiology frameworks and theories.
  • Substantial experience in the area of child abuse and/or in working with traumatised children and young people.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively and the capacity to negotiate and liaise with volunteers, including carers, DHHS, other agencies and the community.
  • A sophisticated understanding of the complexity of the service system and the issues involved in providing services to statutory clients.
  • A current Victorian driver’s license and Working with Children Check or equivalent.

    Remuneration & Benefits:

    This position attracts a competitive base salary + vehicle + phone + tablet + superannuation + salary packaging. The salary is determined on the basis of the employee’s experience and qualifications. In joining a strong, values based organisation, you will also have access to:

  • An additional $3000 for a Masters degree/$5000 for a Doctorate in a relevant discipline
  • Professional Development (up to $1000 (pro-rata) per year)
  • Employee Assistance Program

     

    To apply:

    Interested in this new opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children?

    Please forward a copy of your current resume along with a cover letter addressing each of the Key Selection Criteria to gpattison@childhood.org.au.
    Or for more information about the role or a copy of the position description please contact Georgia Pattison – HR Program Manager on 0409 648 566.

    Applications will be assessed and continued until the right candidates are sought, no close date will be issued; if you are interested please apply as soon as practicable.

  • Make a difference in the lives of children
  • Competitive salary and excellent benefits package including, phone, tablet and salary packaging
  • Launceston location – full time role

The Australian Childhood Foundation has a strong reputation for delivery of therapeutic services, professional training and secondary consultation built upon up-to-date evidence based theoretical frameworks including the neurobiology of trauma, attachment and relational theories and child development. This theoretical framework provides the foundation upon which all elements of care and intervention are provided by the Foundations Therapeutic Services.

The Foundation currently provides a range of therapeutic care programs in foster care and residential care in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, the ACT and the Northern Territory. The Foundation is responsible for delivering the specialist therapeutic services within these programs which are delivered in partnership with a range of foster and residential care providers.

The Foundation currently provides a Tasmania wide therapeutic out of home care service program to carers and children/young people in foster care, kinship or family group home care and specialised packages of support to children and young people in out of home care with complex needs. The Foundation has secured the statewide contract to deliver counselling services to children and young people affected by family violence.

ACF currently has an exciting vacancy for a Therapeutic Specialist based in Launceston full time to provide counselling to children, young people and their carers, clinical leadership with regard to the development and implementation of appropriate therapeutic support for children and young people in out of home care and training for professionals and carers in trauma-informed therapeutic approaches to out of home care.

Your primary responsibilities:

  • Provide counselling to children and young people in out of home care as identified and referred by Child Safety Service (CSS). This work can be individual or group based and may include the child, carers, family or other parties identified as part of the therapeutic plan.
  • Deliver individual case consultation to CSS staff.
  • Use a trauma-informed approach to provide secondary consultation concerning the needs of children referred to the program to members of each child’s care team, network and others involved in the child’s life as appropriate.
  • Design and deliver training programs to increase awareness and understanding of the impact of abuse, family violence and trauma on children and young people for parents/carers, CSS staff and families to build the capacity to implement a therapeutic environment for children.
  • Build parent/carer trust to talk about the impact of trauma and family violence on the child, and provide ongoing support to parents/carers and the care team to consistently meet the needs of the child.
  • Participate as an active member of the care team in all relevant care team meetings, operational groups and panels and maintain regular planned telephone consultation with care team members as agreed with regard to the needs of the child, care family and other key stakeholders when providing direct services to clients.
  • Engage in intake and risk assessment procedures in accordance with organisational and program processes.
  • Undertake specialised trauma assessments for children and young people referred into the program addressing both the trauma and attachment dimensions in addition to other critical issues and developmental vulnerabilities.
  • Provide specialist individual, and parent/child therapeutic support to children within the program to promote their recovery from the effects of their abuse or experiences of family violence.

    About you – Key Selection Criteria:

  • An appropriate tertiary qualification in Psychology, Social Work or a related discipline.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and direct service in the clinical assessment and treatment of children, young people and families.
  • Highly developed ability to provide secondary consultation and advice to clinicians and other professionals.
  • Demonstrated capacity to lead and manage in an area of challenging and complex practice.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of trauma, attachment and neurobiology frameworks and theories.
  • Substantial experience in the area of child abuse and/or in working with traumatised children and young people.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively and the capacity to negotiate and liaise with volunteers, including carers, other agencies and the community.
  • A sophisticated understanding of the complexity of the service system and the issues involved in providing services to statutory clients.
  • A current Tasmanian driver’s license and Working with Vulnerable People Check or equivalent.

    Remuneration & Benefits:

    This position attracts a competitive base salary + phone + tablet + superannuation + salary packaging. The salary is determined on the basis of the employee’s experience and qualifications. In joining a strong, values based organisation, you will also have access to:

  • Professional Development (up to $1000 (pro-rata) per year)
  • Employee Assistance Program

     

    To apply:

    Interested in this new opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children?

    Please forward a copy of your current resume along with a cover letter addressing each of the Key Selection Criteria to gpattison@childhood.org.au.
    Or for more information about the role or a copy of the position description please contact Georgia Pattison – HR Program Manager on 0409 648 566.

    Applications will be assessed and continued until the right candidates are sought, no close date will be issued; if you are interested please apply as soon as practicable.

  • Make a difference in the lives of children
  • Attractive salary and excellent benefits package including a vehicle, phone, tablet and salary packaging
  • Various locations across NSW (flexible) – full time

The Australian Childhood Foundation has a strong reputation for delivery of clinical services, professional training and secondary consultation programs built upon up to date and evidence and based upon theoretical frameworks including the neurobiology of trauma, attachment and relational theories and child development. This theoretical framework provides the foundation upon which all elements of care and intervention are provided by the therapeutic care programs.

The opportunity:

    We currently have 12 Therapeutic Specialist positions available that were created to help support the implementation of the new OurSPACE therapeutic program to be rolled out across NSW.

    The OurSPACE program has been funded under Their Futures Matter reforms implemented by the NSW Government. It recognizes that through the relationships they form, Foster-carers and Kinship carers provide continual moments of repair for the children who they look after. It includes the implementation of a statewide helpline for carers as well as provide therapeutic intervention to children and carers which aims to increase placement stability and improve developmental outcomes of children in care. It uses the Foundation’s integrated model of evidence informed trauma based therapeutic practice. It will employ an additional 17 staff in NSW, including a program manager, 3 team leaders and 12 therapeutic specialists.

    The locations of regional staff is flexible and depend on program need, staff home locations and availability of co-location opportunities.

    OurSPACE also includes a partnership with Ngaoara to provide specific assessments and support for children and young people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island backgrounds and their carers.

About the role:

    We are seeking passionate and energetic Therapeutic Specialists who will act as specialist therapeutic consultants and practitioners, working in partnership with children, carers, and networks of professionals to deliver the OurSPACE program. As a Therapeutic Specialist at ACF you will be responsible for providing specialist therapeutic intervention with children/young people as well as prvoding therapeutic support to foster carers, kinship carers, and other members of the child’s care team.

    As the Therapeutic Specialist you will be responsible for the key areas of:

  • Program development, implementation and review
  • Specialist therapeutic support and advice
  • Therapeutic work with children
  • Delivery of training on trauma and therapeutic care
  • Advocacy and research

About you:

  • An appropriate tertiary qualification in Psychology, Social Work or a related discipline.
  • Substantial experience in the area of child abuse and/or working with traumatised children.
  • Willingness to undergo a Criminal Records Check.
  • Current and valid Working with Children Check
  • Current drivers licence

    Remuneration & Benefits:

    The salary package is based on the terms and conditions of a Social and Community Services Employee Level 6 under the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010.

    Depending on personal circumstances, the total value of the package is approximately $104,496 – $110,261, including superannuation, motor vehicle and salary packaging.

    In joining a strong, values based organisation, you will also have access to ongoing Professional Development and an Employee Assistance Program.


     

    To apply:

    Interested in this new opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children?

    Please email recruitment@childhood.org.au to request a copy of the position description for this role or for more information on the role. Then to apply please email recruitment@childhood.org.au with a copy of your current resume along with a cover letter addressing each of the Key Selection Criteria (located in the position description).

    The Australian Childhood Foundation is committed to E.E.O principles and a smoke-free workplace. The Australian Childhood Foundation meets all of its obligations as a Safeguarding Children organisation. The successful applicant is required to comply with all of its policies, including its Code of Conduct and child protection policies.

    Applications will be assessed and continued until the right candidates are sought, no close date will be issued; if you are interested please apply as soon as practicable.