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Child & Youth Worker Residential Care Pool - Including Night Shift Opportunities - 2022 INTAKE NOW OPEN
Department for Child Protection
Job reference: 453910
Location: 5700 - PORT AUGUSTA, 5600 - WHYALLA, 5540 - PORT PIRIE, 5290 - MOUNT GAMBIER, 5000 - ADELAIDE
Job status: Ongoing
Eligibility: Open to Everyone

Are you passionate about helping the most vulnerable children and young people in our communities? Did you know we have current opportunities where you can apply to become a Child and Youth Worker and make a world of difference?



Job status:  Multiple Term & Casual Vacancies (Pool)
Eligibility:    External Vacancy - Open to Everyone

Remuneration: OPS3 ($63,681 - $67,868 per annum)

About the Department

The Department for Child Protection (DCP) plays a key role in the protection of children, young people and their families within South Australia. The department provides support to vulnerable children and young people to be safe, strong and connected.

Would you like the opportunity to improve the lives of South Australian children, young people and families who need it most in a role that is both challenging yet highly rewarding?

If you have answered “yes”, please read on….


As a Child and Youth Worker, you will be part of a team contributing to improving the social and living skills of children and young people in residential care, and assist in their effective transition into the community and/or reunification/reconnection with their families, family-based care providers or other suitable care options. You will assist in assessing their individual needs as well as ensuring that appropriate levels of their safety and supervision is maintained at all times. In this role, you will ensure children and young people have opportunities to experience education and opportunities for social, sporting and cultural activities.

Do you:

  • Have a willingness to complete CHC40313 Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention within the first 12 months of your employment?
  • Have experience working with children / young people in a residential care or related setting?
  • Hold a current HLTAID004/HLTAID012 – Provide Emergency First Aid in an Education Care Setting Unit of Competency, or be willing to obtain one prior to an offer of employment?
  • Hold a current Australian driver’s licence (P2 or above) and be willing to regularly drive children and young people to various locations across the Adelaide/Mt Gambier/Whyalla/Port Pirie/Port Augusta region?

You must be willing to:

  • Undergo a psychological assessment of a kind determined by the Chief Executive prior to commencing employment.
  • Undertake relevant medical and functional assessments to ensure your safety and suitability to perform the psychical aspects of this role.
  • Gain a Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Related Employment Screening (Working with Children Check) prior to commencing employment and during your employment with DCP.
  • Participate and successfully complete CHC40313 Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention within the first 12 months which supports and develops your practice in this role.
  • Work shift work which includes nights, weekends and public holidays.

About our recruitment process:

Our recruitment is ongoing and you can apply at any time for this opportunity.  In 2022, our intakes will be in February, April, August and October. These intakes vary depending on organisational needs.  If you are recommended and placed on our Employment Pool, your application will remain active for 12 months. You could be contacted at any time during this period and offered an opportunity to commence employment with us (which includes initial induction and training).

If you have selected to only work on the night shift roster, you will still be required to undertake the same selection process as those working a 24/7 shift roster and complete the required training.  The details relating to this are included in the Frequently Asked Questions.  Further information will be provided to you should you progress through the selection process on the training and induction for candidates only working night shift.

What else do I need to know?

Before applying, review all the essential requirements and special conditions as detailed in the attached Role Description and the Child and Youth Worker (C&YW) Job Demands Info Sheet. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions and other information about this role at the DCPCareers site.

Our properties do not close, and the children and young people in our care require your attention and supervision at all times.  Our shifts rotate and include AM, PM and active Night Shifts.  The start and finish times may vary, however you will be required to work across all three shifts (unless you have selected night shift only).  Shift work also involves working weekends and Public Holidays.  You are strongly encouraged to consider this aspect of the role and whether it suits your current circumstances.

If you choose to only work nights (on a full time or part time basis) please indicate this as your preference in the application form.  Further, more specific information on working night shift only is outlined in our Frequently Asked Questions.

For enquiry contact details, application instructions or/and to apply, please click ‘Apply’ and you and you will be directed to our DCP Jobs Board.

Applications close: 30/09/2022 11:00 PM

- c&yw job demands info sheet.pdf
- declaration of names.pdf
- information and acknowledgement form.pdf
- ops3_child and youth worker residential care.pdf

Flexibility Statement
The South Australian public sector promotes diversity and flexible ways of working including part-time. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the flexible working arrangements for this role.