Vacancy Details

Vacancy Info:

Attention Line
Social Worker for Youth Homelessness Service
Vacancy Type
Social Worker
Position Title
Social Worker- Youth Homelessness
Hours Per Week
Full Time
Eligible 3GA placement?
Eligible OMPS placement?
Position From
30 Mar 2021
Ad Expiry Date
30 Jun 2021
Date Posted
30 Mar 2021
Date Updated
31 Mar 2021


Position Description

The role of Social Worker, HYAP (Homeless Youth Assistance Program) in the New England area is to provide support to the Specialist Homelessness Services and youth work sector in working to prevent and reduce youth homelessness.

The Social Worker will also provide intensive therapeutic support for children aged 12-15 and their families to prevent children from becoming homeless or entering the Out of Home Care System. The Social Worker will work to support young people’s living situations, improve levels of engagement with family, education and their local community. The Social Worker will provide counselling, mediation, group work and practical support to whole families to help break the cycle of homelessness.  

The Youth Homelessness Social worker will also be responsible for working with other services supporting young people to encourage them to reflect on their implementation of Strengths Based and Trauma Informed Care principles. In addition to supporting services to use innovative or evidence based models of care to ensure that family restoration can occur.

Essentials Description

An advocate for young people, you handle sensitive and complex individual situations with tact and discretion, and build strong relationships with stakeholders, developing protocols, parameters and goals for the project.

The Essentials

  • Tertiary qualifications in Social Work and experience in the diverse service network of community services

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a strength-based way to build and foster connections and support between young people and their families.

  • Knowledge, experience and highly developed skills in contemporary early interventions for young people and families that work towards preventing youth homelessness (assessments, family mediation, counselling and conflict resolution techniques).

  • Knowledge and understanding of child and adolescent development and the impact of complex trauma on children and families.

  • Ability to engage complex families and build relationships with them based on honesty, transparency, professionalism and compassion. 

  • Working knowledge and understanding of the Going Home Staying Home (GHSH) reform for the Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) Program, and the child protection framework within NSW.

  • Effective communication skills, computer literacy and experience in effective record keeping (including clinical documentation, case notes, and case plans).

  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously and communicate effectively with other services, teams and professionals to accomplish program goals.

  • First Aid Certificate and current CPR renewal
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment Medical, National Criminal History Check, Working with Children Check, and hold a valid NSW Driver’s Licence.
  • Comply with the National Child Safe Standards
Description of Benefits

Our team are the heart of what we do here at Samaritans. As a part of the Samaritans team, you have access to the following great benefits:

  • Generous salary packaging options
  • Access to Fitness Passport gym membership
  • Career and development opportunities
  • Payroll giving programs
  • The opportunity to work within an innovative, collaborative team environment
  • Progressive organization with a focus on advocacy and social justice.

Contact Details:

Practice Name
Contact Name
Meg McPaul
Main Phone
Secondary Phone


36 Warabrook Bvd
Warabrook, NSW, 2304