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Guide -Youth & Family Worker – Youth Crime Prevention Program

Apply now Job no: 979997
Work type: Fixed Term (Full Time)
Location: VIC
Categories: Community Services, Health Services - Psychologists & Counselling

  • Exciting new program
  • Full time (0.9FTE), fixed term contract – June 30th 2019
  • Location: Dandenong VIC

About Mission Australia

Mission Australia is a Christian community service organisation with a nationwide team of over 2,900 that helps people to regain their independence. 

We reduce homelessness and strengthen communities through homelessness initiatives and affordable housing, early learning and youth services, family support, and employment and skills development. 

Together, we stand with Australians in need until they can stand for themselves. 

About the program

The Youth Crime Prevention Grants program is part of the Victorian Government’s response to youth offending, particularly recidivist offending, tackling the issue through the proven strategy of strengthening the ability of local communities, intervening early and diverting young people from criminal behaviour. Mission Australia is part of a consortium of agencies delivering the Crime Prevention Program over a two year period in the Cities of Casey and Dandenong. The Youth Crime Prevention Program (YCPP) is expected to achieve a reduction in offending behaviour and recidivism among young people aged 15-22 years by:

  • decreasing known crime-related risk factors and increasing protective factors;
  • achieving sustained improvement in engagement in school, training and/or employment; and
  • increasing connectedness with the community

About the role

This dynamic role will provide intensive therapeutic case work to a small case load of young people, some family work as well as group based interventions. This role will require you to be practical, useful and tenacious; with the ultimate purpose of helping young people achieve a positive pro-social identity, reduce their offending and achieve a sense of belonging and connectedness in their communities. The YCPP team will be led by a Partnership Manager who will create an authorising environment for innovation and who will encourage the team to be creative in how, when and where young people are engaged and supported.

Some after-hours and weekend work will be required to meet the needs of young people and families.

Qualifications & experience

  • Relevant qualifications in Youth Work, Justice, Social Work, Community Services or related discipline.
  • Extensive experience in working with young people who are high frequency offenders and their families.
  • Well organised, with a proven ability to manage competing priorities and deadlines.
  • Excellent written and communication skills, as well as highly developed interpersonal, coaching and consultative skills.
  • Strong analytical thinking and problem solving skills and ability to deliver innovative solutions.
  • Sound understanding of restorative justice principles and processes to address offending behaviours.
  • Current WWC, or willingness to apply for one
  • Current and valid VIC Drivers Licence

As part of our Employment screening process you will be required to undertake a National criminal history check. In addition there is a requirement to possess a current WWC or DCSI Clearance or apply if you do not already hold one. It is unlawful for prohibited persons to apply for work with children, and, as such, prohibited persons cannot apply for this role.


  • Not for Profit Salary Packaging benefits which reduces your taxable income
  • Discounted health care with Medibank Private
  • Purchase additional annual leave
  • Discounted childcare rates at participating Centres (conditions apply)
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Employee discounts with hotels, travel insurance, and major retailers
  • Free, confidential counselling service

Click "APPLY NOW" noting applications close midnight 24th September 2017.

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Download File Mission Australia Youth Crime Prevention PD - FINAL.pdf

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