Street Youth Services (SYS), a project of Humanity Matters, is focused on the re-engagement of vulnerable at-risk youth who have become disconnected from mainstream society, family and supports. SYS connects with disengaged young people through streetwork and our youth food-truck outreach to establish trust and engagement. The street-based youthwork positions act as conduits to link these vulnerable youth to family and community supports, education and / or employment. Raising awareness on the issues and lobbying for changes to address the barriers and challenges faced by these vulnerable disengaged youth is also a large part of what we do.
Humanity Matters, the umbrella organisation, works on creating connected supportive communities by bringing communities together, building capacity and creating opportunities for vulnerable youth to re-engage with the broader community through dynamic and innovative community projects.
About the Project:
Federally funded under Safer Communities, Street-Connect is a collaborative, enviro-specific and multi-intervention highly responsive approach to get disengaged youth back on track. Through the leadership of Humanity Matters and partners, Street University (The Ted Noffs Foundation), Campbelltown Arts Centre, Claymore Neighbourhood Action Association and Sydney University, disaffected youth will be engaged and reconnected to educational, employment and community pursuits. Navigating young people away from antisocial associations by engaging culturally on their turf, through a variety of support, skills development, employability and social inclusion initiatives, allows a progressive rebuilding of pathways to reengage these youth back into mainstream society as valued citizens.
Youth and Family Therapist:
The primary role of this full time contract position is to work with marginalised young people and their families to build the capacity of parents/caregivers to effectively support the young people to re-engage with school, training and/or employment. This position will be responsible for the delivery of an assessment, referral, case management and support service to Highly Marginalised Street Frequenting Young People (HMSFYP) reached by the Street Youth Service (SYS) Streetworkers, supporting young people to re-engage with education, training or employment and other prosocial pursuits and activities. The Street Youth Service (SYS) is designed to bridge the divide for highly marginalised street frequenting young people (HMSFYP) and the broader community by supporting the young people and their key supports to address the challenges and barriers to healthy productive participation in society.
This is a SCHADS level 5 position and the term is 18 months to 31/12/23.
Selection Criteria –
1. Demonstrated experience and ability to assess the needs of highly marginalised or at-risk vulnerable youth and case management.
2. Demonstrated understanding of delivering services to highly marginalised street frequenting young people within a needs assessment and triaging framework and the provision of case management, referral, case support and therapeutic interventions.
4. Ability to develop, implement and monitor client centred support and capacity building within a socio-ecological framework.
5. Demonstrated understanding of street frequenting youth and services best placed to support young people and their caregivers to divert young people from the street back into healthy prosocial participation in society.
6.Experience working with partners in provision of integrated, coordinated and seamless responses to achieve referral pathways and service outcomes
7. High level communication skills including active listening, negotiation and advocacy
8. An understanding of various evidence-based interventions as well as limitations of available research evidence, along with a commitment to continuous quality improvement.
9. Ability to assist young people and families to access resources available in the community including housing, budgeting and financial support and employment support services.
10. Willingness and capacity to work flexible hours.
11. Knowledge and individual application of various theories and therapies including family systems, social ecological, cognitive behavioural (CBT), pragmatic family, and couples’ therapies.
12. Behavioural therapy targeting behavioural change in children at home and school.
13. Tertiary qualification in Social Sciences – psychology, social work or related discipline
[minimum degree level]
14. Competency in using Windows software and Excel applications and capacity to maintain appropriate records and files.
15. Working with Children Clearance
16. Full current driver’s license and access to a comprehensively insured vehicle for work purposes
Employment with Humanity Matters:
In addition to being part of an exciting, supportive and dynamic team committed to addressing systemic barriers and reconnecting highly marginalised young people, HM offers extensive in-house training and support. Full time positions are also eligible to take advantage of HM’s salary packaging arrangements.
Interested applicants are required to submit the following via email to [email protected]:
1. Current CV including 2 current referees relevant to this position
2. Covering letter explaining why you are applying for this position and what you feel you can bring to this position
3. Response to the position selection criteria [listed below each position]
The deadline for applications is: 10am on Monday 4th July 2022.
The successful applicant will have a strong commitment to social justice principles and be a strong effective advocate on the needs of the client group. Due to the purpose of the position which is to engage highly marginalised street frequenting young people at the times and in the locations that they frequent, late nights and possibly some weekends are required. The applicant must be willing to work flexible hours and have a driver’s license and comprehensively insured vehicle for work purposes.
Successful applicants must have a current Working With Children Number and be approved to work with children and young people.