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Carer Engagement and Support Consultant

  • 499602
  • Youth and Families - Casework
  • Youth and Families - Community Development and Engagement
  • Youth and Families - Practice, Quality and Support
  • Full time closed period contract

About the role 

This is a full time 12 month opportunity where you will be based in our Carer Engagement and Support team in Oatlands (North Parramatta) with some flexibility to WFH

  • Inspiring and connecting, imagining and doing - join Uniting as we take real steps to make the world a  better place
  • Be part of a passionate and collaborative team advocating for children, young people, carers and their families

About Uniting’s Permanency Support Program

  • The Permanency Support Program (PSP) aims to give every child/young person a loving home, whether that be with parents, family, extended family or through guardianship, adoption or quality long term care
  • We provide culturally supported placement options for children and young people 0-18 years of age
  • PSP also provides a ‘light touch’ Aftercare service for young people 18-25 years who have left foster care and for the next 4 years will collaborate with Uniting’s Extended Care Pilot program team to provide holistic support to young people using the Advantage Thinking approach

About the opportunity

This position is all about engaging with potential foster carers and supporting existing foster carers. It is a busy role which will see the successful applicant conducting carer reviews, delivering tailored education to carers and helping potential carers to negotiate the compliance requirements to become authorised.

To meet the needs of this role you will be:

  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant field such as Human Services, Education or a Health related discipline
  • Experience facilitating groups or individual training (Eg: PPP, Circle of Security, Bringing up Great Kids, Tuning into Teens).
  • Experiencing collaborating with casework teams Able to interview carers, analyse their needs and prepare written reports and recommendations within tight time frames
  • Able to meet with carers in their home and online to deliver engaging education and training using videos, podcasts and activities individually or in groups
  • Willing to travel to meet prospective carer applicants and engage them in the exciting process of becoming a foster carer
  • Have a passion for writing innovative, interactive newsletter articles which will inspire carers to learn more about relevant topics and subject matter
  • Able to reorder priorities with a smile when required.
  • Manage heavy work demands and deadlines.
  • Able to inspire carers to attend regular get-togethers, creating authentic carer community support groups
  • The ability to do all this, applying administrative-style precision, order, documentation, attention to detail and time management
  • Able to do all of the above with not much time to spare but plenty of enthusiasm to give


 Benefits and culture

Working to inspire people, enliven communities and confront injustice brings its own rewards, but there’s more including:

  • Welcoming you exactly as you are
  • Work you’ll be proud of
  • You’ll have access to a range of support and opportunities including:
    • Salary-packaging options
    • Wellbeing programs 
    • Learning and development opportunities 
    • Diverse and inclusive workplace
    • Flexible working arrangements
    • Regular supervision, support and team meetings

Employment with Uniting is subject to satisfactory background checks which will include a National Police Check, Reference Checks and Working with Children Check.

For more information please refer to the attached position description.

Should you have any questions, please contact Alex Sullivan from Uniting’s Talent Acquisition Team on; 0466 801 937 /  for more information.

Closing date:  11:55pm, Thursday 11th August 

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