Youth Justice Worker - Malmsbury and Parkville | North West - Malmsbury
|Attachments:|| YJW1 Position Description 2019.pdf (PDF, 329KB)
Youth Justice Recruitment Process.pdf (PDF, 74KB)
Youth Justice Health Factsheet.pdf (PDF, 252KB)
|Application Close Date:||11-Mar-2019|
◉ Full time, ongoing vacancies $51,717 - $66,414 per annum (plus generous penalty rates) + superannuation, working on a 76-hour rotating roster across two weeks.
◉ Provide a safe and secure environment for challenging young people, helping them address behavioural issues.
◉ No formal qualifications required to apply – broad professional experience in any field is highly valued. We're looking for people with maturity, empathy and resilience.
If you've got maturity and life experience, and enjoy being a role model to young people, you should consider becoming a youth justice worker.
We are now recruiting for our June 2019 training intake of full time youth justice workers in the below locations:
- Parkville Youth Justice Custodial Precinct Press here to view the location on Google maps
- Malmsbury Youth Justice Custodial Precinct Press here to view the location on Google maps
*Please note, you can only apply for one custodial precinct. You need to factor in that you must live within a safe travelling distance for health and safety reasons from the location (due to the long shift hours of up to 12 hours). Apply and you will be given the opportunity to make your preference.
We encourage you to register for one of our free information sessions exploring the role of a youth justice worker. You'll hear about the experiences of current staff at our custodial facilities, and also be able to ask any questions you have about the job.
Saturday 23 February • 11am – 12pm • La Trobe Art institute • Bendigo
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Thursday 28 February • 6pm – 7pm • Goonawarra Golf Club • Sunbury
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Saturday 2 March • 11am – 12pm • Treacy Centre • Parkville
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Thursday 7 March • 6pm – 7pm • Treacy Centre • Parkville
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What you'll be doing
Ensuring the safety and security of all people in our facilities is a youth justice worker's number one priority. So, while this may not be 'youth work' as you know it, our core ambition is still to help rehabilitate young offenders and provide them with the confidence and skills to become positive contributors to their communities.
Guiding personal behaviour change is a big task and means our staff have many responsibilities, including the following:
- Manage any challenging behaviours of vulnerable and hostile young people.
- Be aware of the varying needs of young people from a diverse array of cultural backgrounds.
- Conduct and oversee searches, counts, admissions and supervise visits.
- Use sound judgement to respond effectively to your changing work environment.
- Assist young people in maintaining relationships with their family and community, as well as legal, education and employer contacts.
- Be a positive role model for the young people in your care.
Youth justice custodial precincts explained
- Young people housed at these facilities are either on remand or have been sentenced to a youth order by a Victorian court.
- Our youth justice workers work with many young people who have experienced trauma; including child abuse and neglect, exposure to family criminal behaviour, substance abuse, mental illness and homelessness.
- Our youth justice workers provide supervision, act as role models and mentors, and assist with education and rehabilitation.
To learn more about the Parkville and Malmsbury precincts, click here.
To find out what a great life awaits living in and around Malmsbury, click here.
Youth justice worker rosters explained
- Work up to 12-13 hour shifts, generally finishing no later than 9pm.
- Work hours are scheduled on a two-week rotating roster.
- No overnight shifts; keep a regular sleep pattern.
- Receive regular rostered patterns of shift work – generally working every second weekend and public holidays as required (and get paid additional penalty rates on top of your salary).
- Receive penalty rates for weekend, evening and public holiday shifts.
- Work no more than three days in a row (up to 12-13 hour shifts).
Find an example of a YJ worker roster below.
Do you have what it takes?
"A good YJ worker is someone that can develop a rapport with the young people. And that's especially important when you're trying to de-escalate a situation." – Di, Supervisor, Parkville Youth Justice Precinct
It's never too late to take your career in a new direction – we would love your help in making our state a safer and happier place to live. We value broad professional experience, and recruit from a diverse range of backgrounds and industries; including customer service, hospitality, retail, nursing, child care, social work, aged care, trades, farming, security and retail.
Still, some attributes are essential in our staff. Being a youth justice worker can be physically and emotionally taxing, so you'll need to be fit and resilient. It is also preferable that you possess the following:
- Life experience and maturity – be able to adapt to and manage challenging behaviours.
- Solid verbal communication and written communication – conflict management and skilled report writing will be a big part of your job.
- Self-management – be able to maintain passion for and commitment to the job, even after setbacks.
- Ability to build a rapport with young people while still setting boundaries – generating and maintaining mutual respect will be critical in your efforts to make a positive impact on the young people you work with.
Benefits of starting a career with Youth Justice
- Receive four weeks paid annual leave per year (commencing June 2019), plus additional leave for taking Sunday shifts.
- Get equipped with six weeks paid training prior to commencing with your new team.
- Benefit from regular professional development; including additional training targeted towards your personal goals.
- Half-yearly salary increases.
- Job security as a member of the Victorian Public Service (VPS); opportunities for promotions to senior positions within Youth Justice, the Department of Justice and Community Safety and the wider VPS network.
At the final stages of the recruitment process, conduct reference checks. We will also conduct national criminal checks. It is important to disclose all relevant details as instructed in the forms we will provide.
These security checks will include:
- National Criminal Record Check (and fingerprints check)
- Pre-employment security check
- VicRoads licence Check (or interstate or overseas if applicable)
- Victoria Police check.
Pre-Service Medical and Physical Capability Assessment
Due to the potential physical requirements of the role, you are required to have a healthy level of fitness. You are also required to pass a medical assessment for OH&S purposes.
For further information please refer to the medical and fitness document attached.
Applications will be regularly reviewed up until the closing date, so please do not hesitate in applying.
It is recommended that you complete your application on a desktop. You can also save your application as a draft if you cannot complete your application at once.
For more information, please contact the Youth Justice Recruitment Team on email@example.com
At the Department of Justice and Regulation, our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve. We continually seek to employ people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, with a disability, and varied cultural backgrounds. In addition, we have a firm commitment to increase participation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people across our workforce.