We are an essential service that will remain operational throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic. We are proactively recruiting to meet the needs of our clients during this time.

Child and Family Practitioner

Apply now Job no: 497361
Employment type: Full Time
Location: Adelaide
Categories: Child, Youth & Family

  • Must be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander decent.
  • Full Time until 30 October 2022 with possibility of extension.
  • Based in Unley

About the Organisation

Every day, Life Without Barriers provides support and care to children and young people, as we work collaboratively with families, carers, and communities, to ensure they have the environment they deserve to grow. With a focus on ensuring safety and respect, this is an opportunity to make a positive and meaningful difference in these young lives and help pave a brighter future.

Life Without Barriers is a leading social purpose, not for profit organisation of 8,000 employees working in more than 500 communities across Australia. We support children, young people and families, people with disability, older people and people with mental illness. We work with people who are homeless and refugees and asylum seekers.   

We want to employ people who reflect the diversity of our clients to ensure we can support each client's individual needs and wants. We encourage people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background and people with disability to apply.

About the role

Our team is going through a substantial period of growth and we have an opportunity for an Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander person to step into the Child & Family Practitioner role in the CYF Team in Adelaide until November 2022 with the possibility of extension. Regular travel will be required.

You will be instrumental in supporting foster carers to provide a safe and nurturing environment that promotes the physical and emotional safety of children and young people, as well as planning, coordinating and delivering training for our dedicated carers.

You will have the ability to build relationships, engage with people from diverse backgrounds and work in partnership to ensure that the needs of children in care are met in a CARE informed way.

This role requires high level written and verbal communication skills, conflict management and negotiation skills, and a solid understanding of the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 and relevant legislation and requirements in South Australia.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Undertake child focused casework practice in partnership with the relevant government agency, children and their families, carers and other stakeholders. This includes undertaking a range of activities:
    • Assessment of the child’s needs, their support network including carer families
    • Case planning
    • Implementation, monitoring and review

Skills & Experience

  • Must be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander decent.
  • Recognised Social Work qualifications with eligibility for membership of the AASW and/or a Bachelor of Psychology or other relevant qualification.
  • Demonstrated experience working with individuals, families and communities from a strength-based, culturally appropriate perspective that are part of the out of home care sector
  • Demonstrated experience in identifying an individual’s strengths and areas for improvement within the context of providing foster and/or host care with an emphasis on permanency for children in care.
  • Demonstrated understanding of impact of trauma and attachment on children and young people and complex behaviours.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop quality case plans that are consistent with appropriate policy and procedures.
  • Provide First Aid and Safe Environment 'Through their eyes' Certificate.
  • Current Drivers Licence.

Successful candidates will be required to clear probity checks including National Criminal History Record Check and Working with Children Check (where relevant to the role). 

Please note: Mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations may be required for this position, in accordance with relevant Public Health Orders across all States and Territories. In these circumstances, evidence of vaccination will be required prior to an offer of employment.

Life Without Barriers considers that being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent is a genuine occupational requirement as outlined in section 25 of the Anti-Discrimination Act (1991) and permitted as a 'special measure' under section 8 of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) and by articles 1(4) and 2(2) of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.  


  • Competitive base salary + Tool of Trade Vehicle + superannuation
  • Excellent salary sacrificing tax benefits incl. Meal Entertainment, novated leasing
  • A mobile phone, laptop, rostered day off per month
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Discounted - health insurance, vehicle purchase, hire and servicing and more

How to Apply

Include your resume and covering letter in one document, click ‘Apply’ and follow the prompts. For any enquiries including persons with disability that require adjustments, contact recruitment@lwb.org.au with in the header 'CFP Adelaide'

We are dedicated to playing our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and bring continuity of care and support to our clients. If you are successful, we will discuss with you an alternative to a face to face interview.


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