Senior Therapeutic Care Worker Strive Community Care



Strive Community Care is a recently established social purpose organisation that actively supports the vulnerable children and families within our community through quality, person-centred services. We believe that everyone deserves equal opportunities in life, especially those people that have experienced disadvantage and trauma. Healing and growing is a process that is possible with the right support. For more information, please visit our website:


Strive Community Care provides therapeutic home environments for children and young people with histories of complex trauma, abuse and neglect. We utilise a strong Therapeutic Framework and unique CREATE Model of Care with a focus on establishing holistic safety. Children and young people are provided with a sense of family, support to heal, opportunity to positively connect with others, and rebuild their lives.

We are now looking for a Senior Therapeutic Care Worker in the Gympie Region to play a key role in supporting children and young persons in their healing journey through providing care in therapeutic homes. This is a Permanent-Part Time role that typically works Full-Time hours. 

These positions are required to work across 24/7 rotating rostered shifts, including sleepovers, weekends, and public holidays.

Duties of the successful applicant include:

  • Assisting the Therapeutic Program Manager with managerial administration tasks as required (up to 10 hours per week with the remainder spent on the floor)
  • Build and promote a positive and caring environment that supports the children/young people residing in our homes.
  • Form and maintain professional, nurturing relationships with children and young people by building trust through visible interest and active engagement
  • Maintain safety through effectively implementing Behaviour Support Plans and Individual Crisis Management Plans.
  • Work with young people in a manner informed by attachment and trauma-informed care in line with our unique CREATE Model of Care.
  • Ensure all essential needs are met for the young person within the home such as providing a balanced diet, prompts with hygiene, support for school engagement, and creating positive life experiences.
  • Promote independent living skills including assistance with cooking, meal planning, budgeting, shopping, and maintaining a house and other daily living requirements.
  • Demonstrate an empathic understanding of complex trauma, incorporating this understanding into everyday interactions, as well as responding to pain-based behaviour in a sensitive and non-punitive way.
  • Mentor and coach children/young people to assist them to achieve their goals through the Strive Mentoring Program.
  • Act as an appropriate adult role model, seeking to engage young people in purposeful activities aimed at developing life skills and self-worth
  • Assist and support children/young people to develop links and build their capacity to be part of their community.
  • Willingness to share the management on-call roster.
  • Willingness to Act in the Therapeutic Program Manager role when requested.


The successful applicant/s will require the following Qualifications and Experience:

  • Experience as a senior youth worker in residential OOHC or significant experience as a youth worker in residential OOHC (experience in working with young people with complex trauma is ideal)
  • Completed, or working towards a minimum Certificate IV qualification in a relevant discipline (e.g. Youth Work, Social Work, Social Science, Counselling) is essential.
  • Current HLTAID003 Provide First Aid Certificate or equivalent is essential.
  • Valid unrestricted Australian drivers licence
  • Experience in developing case plans/safety plans/behaviour support plans, case noting and report writing is desirable.Aside from attractive hourly rates, Strive offers a robust training induction program, monthly supervision, has a focus on supporting the wellbeing of staff, and provides ongoing professional development opportunities. 


Aside from attractive hourly rates, Strive offers a robust training induction program, monthly supervision, has a focus on supporting the wellbeing of staff, and provides ongoing professional development opportunities. 


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Strive Community Care is a Child Safe organisation and will require the successful applicant to complete pre-employment checks including a Criminal History Check and a Positive Notice Blue Card. Strive Community Care is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is proud of our diverse workforce. We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people with disabilities to apply.