Permanency Support Program 



Applications close Sunday 10th January 2021

Permanency Support Caseworker 

  • Shoalhaaven

  • Full time

Working at William Campbell Foundation is more than a job. Everyday you have the opportunity to make a positive difference for children and young people. 


William Campbell Foundation prides itself on a respectful and diverse workplace culture, which supports and creates opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for the benefit of children, young people, individuals and families. We value the unique skills, experience and knowledge that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people contribute to the workplace, and encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply for roles within our organisation.


We are committed to being an equal opportunity employer. All applicants who meet the criteria will receive equal consideration for employment, without regard to race, age, gender, marital status, sexuality, religion, disability, age, or political opinions.

Program and Position Overview

William Campbell Foundation (WCF) is a not for profit Christian organisation that provides a range of services, including permanency support programs for children and young people. Additionally, WCF delivers therapeutic services to children, young people, individuals and families.


WCF is committed to child safe practices and permanency outcomes for children and young people in care to provide a positive, safe and healing experience that addresses trauma, attachment, self-regulation, culture and community needs.


Our Permanency Support Program investigates and fosters the implementation of quality permanency placement options for children and young people, including adoption, restoration and guardianship. 


The ultimate aim of the Permanency Support Program is to achieve permanency, change, safety and protection for Children and Young People that improves cultural, social, emotional, health and educational outcomes.


Key Position Responsibilities 

  • Assessing and case managing the complex individual needs of children and young people, their natural families and Carers using a culturally responsible, therapeutic and trauma informed approach.

  • Understanding and working within the ARC Therapeutic Model and associated theories, with support from WCF’s Clinical team.

  • Working collaboratively with Family and Community Services (FaCS), as well as other stakeholders, in identifying, supporting and achieving permanent outcomes for children in line with the permanent placement principles defined in the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998.

  • Ongoing work with families and carers to identify areas of safety risk or concern for children and young people, using strengths based approaches in line with best practice and legislative frameworks.

  • The modelling of ethical and appropriate casework practices that are responsive to the changing needs of children, young people, families and individuals.

  • Supporting a strong focus on ensuring children and young people are actively participating in planning and decision making processes.

  • Competence and confidence with both written and verbal communication with a demonstrated ability to adapt language to meet the audience need.

  • Ability to remain calm in crisis to provide intervention and support for children, young people, families and carers, including managing the needs of children and young people with challenging behaviours.

  • Having a comprehensive understanding of child development, including knowledge of the context and impact of issues arising from children and young people being removed from their family and significant others.

  • Working with a diverse range of children, young people, families and individuals including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and CALD communities.


William Campbell Foundation is proud to be a dynamic and supportive agency, offering:

  • Generous remuneration with salary sacrifice options, reducing taxable income

  • Collaborative and committed Management and Staff

  • Free confidential counselling services through an Employee Assistance Program

  • Resources and Supports to help you achieve great outcomes for the people we work with.

  • An opportunity to be the difference for children, young people, families and individuals

  • Regular and ongoing training and upskilling to assist you in personal development


To be eligible for this role:

  • You must have a Degree or Diploma in Social Sciences and 2 years of relevant experience in working with children, young people, families and individuals.

  • You are keen to work at an exciting pace, have a have a high level of skill in time management and enjoy being organised.

  • You must be a team player who additionally has the ability to self-motivate.

  • You are a progressive, adaptable and motivated professional who works to achieve positive outcomes for children and young people, and you have a desire to work in a friendly and supportive team environment.

  • You have a desire to learn and improve your professional self.

  • You have a current drivers licence and clear Working with Children and Criminal Record check.


How to Apply

  • A Cover Letter

  • Up to date Resume, including details of current position (if applicable)

  • Complete and detailed response to the Selection Criteria below, informing WCF on how you are able to demonstrate your ability to meet the required criteria

Selection Criteria

Examples should be provided where available. 

  1. Confirm the area you are applying for – Illawarra or Shoalhaven

  2. Confirm that you have the minimum Diploma in relevant field and at least two years’ experience in working with children, young people and/or families.

  3. Detail your knowledge and understanding of issues that affect Aboriginal or CALD communities and your ability to use culturally sensitive practice. 

  4. Demonstrate your current knowledge and understanding of the context and impact of issues arising for children, young people and their families when children and young people are placed in out of home care.

  5. Demonstrate your understanding of the importance of identifying and improving outcomes for children, young people and their families including permanency and stability.

  6. Demonstrate your experience and ability to work within conflict and crisis situations.

  7. Demonstrate your adaptable and high level communication skills, including both verbal and written communication (must detail capacity to ensure all reporting and documentation will be kept up to date).

  8. Demonstrate your ability to self-motivate, work independently and cohesively as part of a team.

  9. Confirmation that you:

    1. Hold a current and cleared Working with Children Check

    2. Can provide a National Police Check (obtained within the past 12 months)

    3. Can provide a Current Drivers Licence

    4. Have access to two referees from current or previous Managers (within the last 2 – 5 years)

    5. Will provide copies of Transcripts and Certificates detailing qualifications

    6. Will disclose during interview any information that could impair performance in this position, which should be considered by the panel when assessing applicants

Applications close Friday 9th October 2020

Apply Now!

Applications are to be submitted through the link below. 

Please ensure you reference the role you are applying for in the application form. 

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Employment Package

PSP Caseworker Shoalhaven

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(Excluding Public Holidays)