Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) Safeguards Social Worker Northern Sydney Local Health District


Employment Type: Temporary Full Time until 8 March 2024. Part time applications will be considered.
Position Classification: Social Worker Level 3
Remuneration: $2,014.10 – $2,081.54 per week
Hours Per Week: Up to 38
Requisition ID: REQ423754

Who we are: We are a health service that touches thousands of lives across the Northern Sydney Local Health District, together as a team of like-minded people. We are passionate, driven and have the skills and knowledge to care for our patients whilst creating the best services possible. Our teams have meaningful, interesting and rewarding work everyday. We challenge and nurture each other, sharing our knowledge and experience so that we can deliver better care for everyone There’s a real sense of belonging here because we value and respect our patients, employees, and teams’ voices. You’ll feel a real privilege being a trusted caregiver in our patients, their families, their carers, and our communities’ lives.

Where you’ll be working
The primary location will be Ryde, Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS), with some travel and for work across the district particularly in Lower North Shore and Ryde

Safeguards is a new community-based multi-disciplinary CYMHS program providing brief therapeutic interventions for children and young people (age 0-17) experiencing acute mental health distress.

Safeguards clinicians will be integrated with our CYMHS services across the Northern Sydney LHD (Lower North Shore, Ryde, Hornsby and Northern Beaches).   

Safeguards clinicians will also receive specific training, supervision, and support on brief therapeutic intervention models such as: attachment informed brief therapy for young people experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviour; applied Dialectical Behaviour Therapy- A (DBT-A); systemically informed parenting and family therapy for emotion and behavioural problems; assessment and brief systemic consultation for children and young people presenting with acute mental health problems.

NSLHD CYMHS has an excellent track record in developing and implementing innovative and strengths-based therapeutic interventions. The Safeguards programs will work alongside and be integrated with our established programs to provide a new early and brief intervention program

What you’ll be doing
The community-based Safeguards team will provide rapid, mobile, intensive and flexible short-term delivery of skilled evidence-based therapeutic interventions. This may include individual and family therapy, parenting interventions,  group work, and systemic intervention in collaboration with wider systems (e.g., educational, non-government, DJC, and private providers)

Safeguards services will operate a proportion of its services in extended hours (e.g., early evening, weekends) to improve access to intervention for children, young people, and their families after school or work. (penalty rates applicable for after-hours.

People of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background encouraged to apply.


Candidates will need to meet the following criteria:

  1. Consistently demonstrates behaviours that reinforce the CORE Values of our organisation; Collaboration, Openness, Respect and Empowerment. Demonstrates these behaviours with all stakeholders; colleagues, direct reports, as well as our patients and consumers, and those that care for them.
  2. Relevant tertiary qualifications in Social Work and membership with AASW. Experience as a Level 2 clinician.
  3. Relevant clinical mental health experience in a community setting which includes working with children and/or adolescents and their families.
  4. Demonstrated knowledge and skills in the assessment, formulation and treatment of infant, child and adolescent mental health problems and family relationship problems.
  5. Demonstrated comprehensive training/qualifications and experience in providing treatment for children and adolescents affected by mental health problems, their families/carers and broader system of care through evidenced-based individual, group and parent-focused therapies such as CBT, DBT, attachment–based therapies and family therapy.
  6. Demonstrated ability to contribute to the teaching and learning capacity of the team including student supervision and training, and quality improvement.
  7. Computer literacy and demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills and sound administrative methods.

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For role related queries or questions contact Bianca Prnjatovic on [email protected] or 02 9462 9222

All NSW Health workers are required to have two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, as defined by NSW Health.  Employees working in a clinical area or are required to attend clinical areas are considered category A. Category A positions are required to provide evidence of having received three doses of COVID-19 vaccine in accordance with the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (TGA) and meet the requirements of the Occupational Assessment Screening and Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases Policy Directive.

Acceptable proof of vaccination is the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) Immunisation History Statement or AIR COVID-19 Digital Certificate. 

Applications Close: 30 August 2023



Northern Sydney Local Health District

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