Youth Domestic and Family Violence Advocate – Brisbane

Organisation: Brisbane Youth Service

Location: Fortitude Valley/ Greenslopes

Type of employment: Full Time

Since 1977, Brisbane Youth Service (BYS) has worked to create new futures for vulnerable young people at risk of homelessness aged 12-25 years and their children.

We are seeking a highly resilient Youth Domestic and Family Violence [DFV] Advocate to join our team. This position provides support to young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and who are affected by DFV (Domestic and Family Violence). This position will provide support to workers and clients across Brisbane Youth Service to respond to DFV experiences and will work closely with the integrated service response to assess risk, safety plan and provide co-ordinated responses to young people experiencing DFV.

Employment Type: 12-months Fixed-Term Contract
Hours: Working 76 hours per fortnight (with the opportunity to work flexibly)
Award Conditions: Level 5 – Social, Community, Home Care & Disabilities Services [SCHADS] Award 2010 + Salary Packaging
In addition to submitting a resume or CV, applicants must address the selection criteria [below] in their cover letter to be considered for shortlisting.

Understanding of & commitment to BYS vision, objectives and practice framework
Demonstrated understanding of the issues impacting young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, including a gendered understanding of youth DFV
Demonstrated ability to undertake thorough assessments of a young person’s situation and support needs, including risk assessments and safety planning
Demonstrated ability to work holistically with vulnerable young people, building trusting relationships and delivering services directly to young people and providing case consults and training to workers
Effective communication skills, including interpersonal skills and writing skills and the ability to advocate effectively on behalf of others
Strong organisational and planning skills and the demonstrated ability to work independently and prioritise and manage competing demands
Demonstrated capacity to collaborate across the service system and effectively network to provide a DFV response, including acting in accordance with relevant legislation
A tertiary qualification in Social Work, Psychology, Social Sciences or comparable qualification OR substantial demonstrated experience in a related field
Current Queensland driver’s license
Working with Children Suitability Card [Blue Card] / willingness to obtain a Blue Card prior to commencement
National Police Check clearance
Evidence of vaccination, immunity, or medical exemption for the following preventable diseases prior to commencement: Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella [Chicken Pox]; Pertussis [Whooping Cough]; and COVID-19
Three relevant references, including most recent Manager, if relevant

Experience working with vulnerable young people impacted by DFV in individual and group-based settings
Experience in a front-line service delivery setting
Experience working collaboratively with other agencies

Personal drive and integrity and ability to stay calm under pressure
Consultative and collaborative working attitude
Flexible, initiative, inclusive, respectful, ethical, accountable
Ability to work independently exercising initiative, judgement and decision making
Commitment to a learning culture and ongoing professional development

Manage, identify, mitigate, and monitor operational risks in service delivery and actively use risk management systems to ensure the safety of staff, young people, and the community for those facing DFV
Demonstrate leadership qualities such as ability to mentor, support, and guide; provide debriefing [including incident debriefing] to colleagues, as required, and model the BYS core values of Respect, Optimism, Accountability and Resilience

Complete thorough risk assessments and provide support to young people experiencing DFV either through direct involvement with a consenting young person or through consult with their case manager
Provide centre based, phone support and mobile support including outreach visits;
Facilitate referrals and support young people to access services as required
Develop networks and collaborative relationships with internal and external providers within the DFV integrated service response
Co-ordinate staff training and professional development activities to support the skilling up of workers across BYS in the provision of DFV informed responses to young people as required
Participate in case planning, stakeholder meetings and service planning
Build capacity of BYS workers/teams to identify and respond to violence related issues through practice development, advice, and support
Provide education and support to other staff members including mentoring and guidance regarding effective support of young people experiencing DFV

Model and drive a culture of respect, optimism, accountability, and resilience in line with organisational values
Participate in supervision to monitor service delivery and evaluation and collaborate on high-risk planned support and self-care initiatives
Where agreed with the Manager, supervise students, project staff and volunteers
Participate as a collaborative and supportive team member, contributing to the overall effectiveness of the team and outcomes for young people
Comply with the BYS Code of Conduct to ensure ethical and professional practice
Participate in quality practice reviews, all-staff days, organisational planning and identify and participate in training and professional development opportunities
Protect and promote the rights of children and young people, including making decisions compatible with the Human Rights Act 2019; and responding to and reporting suspicions and disclosures of abuse or harm
Ensure a healthy and safe workplace for all by adhering to BYS Work Health, Safety and Wellbeing Policy, Procedures and Practices
Actively participate to deliver the BYS Reconciliation Action Plan [RAP] initiatives and measurable actions that support First Nations equality across our organisation

Undertake all administrative functions relating to the role and ensure accurate and timely records are created and maintained in accordance with relevant legislation and BYS policies
Ensure the timely, consistent, and accurate completion of client data records, including planned support and reviews, intake, and outcomes assessment data, to contribute to monitoring, evaluation and reporting on program performance and outcomes
Submit timesheets and leave requests accurately and on time on a fortnightly basis, in accordance with relevant legislation and organisational policy and procedure
Collect and maintain accurate client data, to contribute to monitoring, evaluation, and reporting on program performance
Participate in both quantitative and qualitative data collection to support BYS continual quality improvement
Undertake any other duties or tasks as required

To apply, please attach your (1) Cover letter addressing the selection criteria along with your (2) CV through the recruitment service portal.

To download the full position description, please visit: http://brisyouth.org/employment-opportunities/

If you would like to discuss this position further, please contact the HR team via [email protected] using the subject line: Youth Domestic and Family Violence Advocate enquiry

For more information, contact HR Team on [email protected].

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