About the role
About the program
Jesuit Social Services has worked in the Northern Territory since 2008, and established a Darwin office in 2016. We have built a strong reputation in the Northern Territory for delivering services, growing community capacity and advocating for improved social policy.
Building on 40 years experience working with young people and adults in the justice system (including our youth justice group conferencing program in Darwin, Palmerston and Katherine) we are very pleased to be part of the new Back on Track initiative in the Katherine region. Our work in the Back on Track program will focus on providing intensive, structured support to children and young people participating in victim offender conferences.
Our approach emphasises cross cultural competence and participant empowerment as key principles when engaging people with multiple and complex needs. We give attention to their skills and strengths rather than deficits; and to self-determination and responsibility rather than dependency.
About the role
The Back on Track program is an exciting new initiative that will support children and young people between the ages of 8-17 who may be at risk of intersecting with the Youth Justice system.
Key responsibilities include:
- Actively support children, young people and families to engage in the victim offender conferencing process
- Provide support to ensure goals developed during the conference process are achieved
- Deliver short term, assertive outreach support to participants engaged in the program
- Support participants to develop insight and awareness into the impact that their offending has had on victims of crime, communities and family members whilst supporting them to repair some of the harm caused by offending
There 2 roles available (1 x full time and 1 x part time (0.5 EFT) which will be based in Katherine, with remote travel required.
To be successful in this role candidates will require:
- Demonstrated experience in working in an assertive outreach capacity with children, young people and families; and sound understanding of child and adolescent development
- A sound knowledge and understanding of the principles restorative justice and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with other stakeholders to achieve positive outcomes
- An understanding of the Northern Territory’s Youth Justice System and skills to integrate the program within this system and the wider community;
- Demonstrated commitment and ability to work effectively with disadvantaged young people, 10 – 18 years of age, their families and communities; and
- A high level of cultural competency and experience in working from trauma informed, strengths based perspective with a focus on self-determination
What Jesuit Social Services can offer you:
- A comprehensive Induction and Orientation program
- Ongoing role related training and development
- An organisation that lives their values, through our day to day work
- A welcoming and supportive environment
- Employee assistance program
- A competitive salary plus salary packaging benefits
- Generous leave
About the organisation
Jesuit Social Services is a social change organisation working to build a just society where all people can live to their full potential.
Since 1977, Jesuit Social Services has provided services to some of the most disadvantaged in our community.
We place a high priority on advocacy and are a leader in policy development and research.
How to apply for this role
Applications not allowed for this job listing.
Please quote in application: Senior Practitioner – Back on Track – Katherine (2 roles) via Pro Bono Australia.