Team Leader- Carer Recruitment & Support

  • 1 x Full Time position
  • Located in Nowra

The Permanency Support Program (PSP) provides multidisciplinary case management and support for Aboriginal children and young people, and their foster carers as part of an integrated service response.

5th November 2021


The Carer Recruitment and Support Team Leader, will successfully coordinate a team of Permanency Support Workers (PSW) responsible for recruiting and assessing applicants who wish to be Foster Carers for SCMSAC.
Recruitment, training and assessment of a pool of foster carers is also an essential part of the Carer Recruitment and Support Team Leader position.

  • Provide formal and informal support to a team of PSP staff in line with SCMSAC Support and Supervision Policy
  • Develop the skills and capacity of staff through external and on the job training, including mentorship
  • Coordinate and conduct regular team meetings, keeping accurate records and meeting minutes
  • Ensure the completion of all relevant documents and records for potential Carers within the given time frames and all other paperwork relevant to the role in line with organisational policies and procedures
  • Initiate and undertake carer recruitment and training
  • Undertake and allocate comprehensive assessments of Foster Carers for authorisation suitability
  • Coordinate and monitor Carer Reviews
  • Support the process of identifying respite options and carer suitability
  • Coordinate a Carer contact Schedule to ensure Carers are offered support and opportunity for feedback
  • Coordinate the preparation and distribution of a quarterly Carer Newsletter and contribution to Dhurambalink
  • Liaise with the PSP Manager to ensure carers are supported and remain strongly connected with SCMSAC where applicable
  • Undertake assessment of foster carer’s background checks as identified
  • Review existing foster care placement compliance as required
  • Update and maintain the Carer register in collaboration with Intake and Compliance
  • Monitor the Community Data Solutions (CDS) database, Power-BI Dashboards and prepare reports, including contracting reports, to inform action plans
  • Foster teamwork, goodwill and cooperation throughout teams
  • Participate in an on call rotational roster
  • Ensure reporting of notifiable events are handled consistent with SCMSAC Policies and Procedures
  • Contribute to The Office of the Children’s Guardian accreditation procedures and coordinate file audit processes
  • Ensure the implementation of all responsibilities details in the SCMSAC Child Protection Policy by ensuring staff and carers are aware of their responsibilities
  • Take all necessary steps to ensure children and young people in the program are protected supported and safe from abuse
  • Understanding of and capacity to implement EEO, WH&S, ethical practice and principles of a culturally diverse society
  • In conjunction with PSP Managers, assist with responses to complaints and reportable conduct matters
  • Comply with all SCMSAC Policies and Procedures
  • Other duties as reasonably directed by the CEO or delegate

Applications must address the key competencies (selection criteria): For an Information Package containing position description, selection criteria and an employment application, please download above or contact Human Resources via email or call 02 4448 0200.

Preferred applicants will also be required to undergo a National Police Check and obtain a new paid employee Working with Children Check (as required by the Act) prior to appointment with South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation.

Salary will be in accordance with the South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation Enterprise Agreement 2019-2022.