Senior Child Counsellor – Psychologists, Social Workers, OT’s Australian Childhood Foundation


Senior Child Counsellor

  • Part-time (34.2 hours per week)
  • Permanent ongoing position
  • Competitive salary and excellent benefits package including, phone, tablet and salary packaging

The Australian Childhood Foundation is known for its effective delivery of therapeutic services, professional training, and secondary consultation based on the latest evidence-based theoretical frameworks. These frameworks include the neurobiology of trauma, attachment and relational theories, and child development. The Foundation’s therapeutic services are built upon this foundation, providing a comprehensive approach to care and intervention. Currently, the Foundation offers a variety of therapeutic services and programs across several regions in Australia, including Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, the ACT, and the Northern Territory.

About the Program:

The Pathways to Resilience program is a collaborative effort between ACF, Uniting, EACH, FAN, and Refuge Victoria to address the impact of family violence on children and families. The program aims to provide a safe environment for healing and developing resilience for the future. This outreach role will work across both program partnerships in Southern and Outer Eastern Melbourne and is employed and managed by the Australian Childhood Foundation.

About the Role:

As a Senior Child Counsellor, your main responsibility is to provide counselling to children, young people, and their parents/carers who have been impacted by family violence. You will also take on a clinical leadership role, developing and implementing appropriate therapeutic support for children and young people in various care settings, including out of home care. Working closely with professionals and parents/carers, you will develop trauma-informed therapeutic approaches to support children and young people in their recovery from family violence.

About You – Key Selection Criteria:

  • An appropriate tertiary qualification in Psychology, Social Work or a related discipline.
  • Eligibility for membership of the relevant professional association.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and direct service in the clinical assessment and treatment of children, young people and families.
  • Highly developed ability to provide secondary consultation and advice to clinicians and other professionals.
  • Demonstrated capacity to lead and manage in an area of challenging and complex practice.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of trauma, attachment and neurobiology frameworks and theories.
  • Substantial experience in the area of child abuse and/or in working with traumatised children.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively and the capacity to negotiate and liaise with children, young people, parents, families, DFFH, other agencies and the community.
  • A sophisticated understanding of the complexity of the service system and the issues involved in providing services to statutory clients.
  • A current Victorian driver’s licence or equivalent.
  • A current Working with Children check or equivalent.

Remuneration & Benefits:

In addition to a competitive base salary, this position offers a range of benefits including a phone, tablet, and superannuation.

As part of a values-based organisation, you will also have access to:

  • A company pool car for outreach work
  • Salary packaging, to increase your take home remuneration
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Program to support your well-being

To Apply:

Interested in making a difference to the lives of children?

To apply for this exciting opportunity please upload a copy of your resume and cover letter, addressing the key selection criteria in the advertisement above.
Applications will close at 5pm AEST, Friday 18 August 2023.

For more information about the role or a copy of the position description please contact Georgia Pattison – HR Program Manager at [email protected]

Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF) is committed to protecting children and young people from harm. We require all applicants to undergo an extensive screening process prior to appointment.

ACF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and people with a disability are strongly encouraged to apply.



Australian Childhood Foundation

Job Salary

Part time