Close Search

Therapeutic Youth Worker – Active Nights

Send this job :

Organisation : Lighthouse Foundation

Location : Melbourne (Western Suburbs)

Work type : Casual/Vacation

Profession : Community Services

Sector : Youth & Young People

Salary type : Hourly

Salary : SCHADS Level 3.1

Application closing date : 15 Jun, 2024

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Lighthouse Foundation

Lighthouse provides therapeutic care programs to children and young people impacted by long-term neglect, abuse and homelessness. Our focus is to create caring communities where young people can feel safe, form meaningful relationships and begin to heal.

All Lighthouse programs, are underpinned by an evidence-based therapeutic model of care, called the Lighthouse Model of Care (LMC). The LMC integrates trauma-informed practice, attachment theory, and psychoanalytic principles of emotional development to create a holistic therapeutic treatment environment.

About the role

  • Multiple casual roles available for active night shifts
  • Located in Melbourne’s outer North West Suburbs
  • Be part of an organisation with a strong sense of community
  • Feel valued as part of a dedicated team who really care about young people
  • Be supported to deliver a therapeutic approach to care for children and young people
  • Excellent penalty rates for night work

The role provides therapeutic care to enrich the safety, attachment and physical and emotional development for trauma-impacted children and young people living in a residential setting.

This role is based within our Secure Base tailored care program, which provides an intensive level of care to children and young people aged 0 to 17 with complex needs.

The role is to provide high quality day-to-day therapeutic care, act as a positive role model and supervise the children and young people who live in the home. Although the role comes with its challenges, it is highly rewarding, and you will play an integral part in a community that brings positive change to a young person’s life.

This model works on a 24/7 roster, where there are active night shifts seven days a week.


  • A minimum Cert IV in Child, Youth & Family Intervention or other higher level qualification in Social Work/Youth Work equivalent is essential. However, Lighthouse will employ applicants who commit to enrolling in a relevant qualification
  • Applicants must also complete the mandatory Top Up Units as required by the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
  • Must hold a current Working with Children Check (Employee version)
  • Must complete a National Criminal Records check, and participate in a psycho-social screen by Lighthouse
  • Must provide consent for a Disqualified Carers Check
  • Must hold a valid Victorian driver’s licence
  • Must hold either Australian Citizenship, Permanent Residence or valid Australian Work Visa


  • You are open to being challenged and are able to consider different views
  • You have an understanding of attachment and trauma-informed practice
  • You are willing to embrace the Lighthouse Model of Care, and to work as a team
  • You have the ability to stay calm in emotionally demanding situations
  • You are committed to personal and professional development
  • You have experience with conflict resolution and mediation
  • You possess critical response skills to youth-based crisis situations, including practical and psychiatric emergencies
  • You have an ability to identify and assess suicide/self-harm risks and understand the strategies to manage these risks


  • Active night shifts, located in Melbourne’s outer North West & Western suburbs
  • SCHADS Level 3 pay point 1
  • Excellent penalty rates for night work
  • Access to an After Hours support service
  • A diverse and inclusive workplace for you to feel safe, acknowledged and included
  • Opportunity for supervision from our Psychological Wellness Team
  • Group reflective practice sessions
  • Ongoing training and development through the Lighthouse Institute
  • Being part of a caring community, who really value you

Please Note: It is mandatory for the successful applicant to hold a current Working with Children Check and be prepared to undergo a National Criminal History Check prior to commencement.

How to apply


We welcome your application and ask that you please review the attached position description, provide your Resume and Cover letter, broadly addressing the key selection criteria highlighted.

To submit your application, please click Apply Now by the closing date.

Lighthouse celebrates diversity and affirm the right of access, equity, and equality for every young person, staff member and volunteer in the Lighthouse Community. Our organisation is inclusive of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We also practice from a position of cultural safety and awareness, across diverse languages, religions, and cultures. we respect, respond and continue to learn about the unique needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.

Lighthouse Foundation is a Child Safe Organisation, we are committed to a thoughtful and protective environment that supports our babies, children and young people to feel safe and respected, and to build their capacity to feel deeply cared for and important to other human beings.


Please quote in application: Therapeutic Youth Worker – Active Nights via Pro Bono Australia.

Profession: #Community_Services
Sector: #Youth_and_Young_People

You might be interested in

Full time, ongoing Senior Mental Health Worker role availabl...

Senior Mental Health Worker

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and experienced Ca...

pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

Get purpose-driven roles delivered free to your inbox every Monday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Get purpose-driven roles delivered free to your inbox every Monday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!