Residential Care Workers

Job No: Berry3388
Location: Morwell/Traralgon

  • Promote growth, positive life experiences, and foster community connectedness
  • It takes someone very special to work in Berry Street's Residential Care Program
  • Join Victoria’s largest Child Services Organisation


For over 140 years, Berry Street has adapted to a changing world, and we will continue to adapt to achieve our purpose. We believe children, young people and families should be safe, thriving and hopeful. Our Vision for 2022: Together we will courageously change lives and reimagine service systems. We look forward to working with children, young people, families, carers, staff and partners to achieve this vision. Together!

The Opportunity:

We are seeking positive and enthusiastic Residential Care Workers to work in the local Morwell & Traralgon areas who are looking for casual positions.  In this role you will have the opportunity to contribute and make a real difference in the lives of children and young people who are living in Berry Street’s residential houses. Our passionate staff work across multiple houses in the Morwell & Traralgon areas on a 24-hour roster, 7 days a week.  Most shifts are 8 hours in length and day and afternoon shifts span the hours of 7am and 11pm, along with active night shifts.

Key responsibilities:

  • Support Children and Young People who have been impacted by trauma in their lives and present with highly complex needs between the ages of 12 – 17.
  • Collaborate with Berry Street professionals in the development of a Child or Young Persons education, living, social and recreational living plans.
  • Implement current practices in therapeutic interventions for Children and Young People in care with regard to trauma and attachment.
  • Maintaining administrative and progress note keeping requirements in accordance with Berry Street and program guidelines.
  • Ensure the residential facility is clean and well maintained by undertaking general household tasks including shopping, cooking, maintenance and cleaning.
  • Working to the Therapeutic Care Intervention (TCI) framework where required dependent on the Young Person’s needs.

To view a detailed account of the Position Description, click here.

Work across a variety of shifts:

At Berry Street we encourage a work life balance and ensure our people take the opportunities to work across varied shifts to allow time for those important things in life; such as family and friends.

About You:

  • A Cert IV in Child, Youth & Family Intervention (Residential & OOHC), or other related discipline is desirable
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to engage well with young people, staff and other professional bodies
  • Ability to support Young People with complex needs from various developmental and cultural backgrounds
  • Confidence and professional response to crisis situations working within policies, procedures, and risk management plans
  • Prior youth work or residential care work experience will be highly regarded, but not essential
  • A list of recognised qualifications can be found by clicking here

New Legislation for Residential Youth Houses

Please note as of January 1st, 2018 to be eligible to work in a Residential Youth House in Victoria you must have completed or be willing to complete the following Upskilling Units through Berry Streets. Successful applicants who have not completed the below Upskilling, Berry Street will enrolled you into the Upskilling Units.

CHCMHS007 – Work effectively in trauma informed care.
CHCPRT009 – Provide primary residential care.
CHCCCS009 – Facilitate responsible behaviour.
CHCPRT010 – Work with children and young people with complex trauma and attachment issues and needs.

*This was brought in by the Department of Health and Human Services and is now a requirement for all Youth Workers working in Residential Youth Housing.

Why choose Us:

  • We offer Salary packaging up to $15,900 to staff, allowing you to earn more each week!
  • We provide our staff with comprehensive training and professional development.
  • We support White Ribbon, Australia’s campaign to stop violence against women.
  • We conduct ourselves with the values of Courage, Integrity, Respect, Accountability and Working Together.

How to apply:

Please view the full Position Description attached to this advertisement before applying.

  • Include a Cover Letter and Resume before submitting your application.
  • Applications close on Monday, 27 January 2020, 23:00 hours.

Queries to Justin Hughes at Residential Services on 03 5134 5971

To watch The Invisibles, a film that follows young people as they prepare to take part in the Berry Street Debutante Ball, please click here

Berry Street is committed to being a child safe, child friendly and child empowering organisation. In everything we do we seek to protect children. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children; children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds; children with a disability; children who identify with a sexual and or gender minority identity. We aim to ensure every individual is treated with dignity and respect regardless of their cultural background, ability, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, spirituality or religion.

Comprehensive reference and background checking will be undertaken, including a Working with Children Check and police check. Aboriginal people; people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability are encouraged to apply.

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