About the RoleThe 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.  Joining SamaritansOur 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:Parental Leave (14 weeks + super contributions)Generous salary packaging optionsAccess to Fitness Passport gym membershipCareer and development opportunitiesPayroll giving programsThe opportunity to work within an innovative, collaborative team environmentProgressive organization with a focus on advocacy and social justice.About YouAn 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 EssentialsTertiary qualifications in Social Work and experience in the diverse service network of community servicesDemonstrated 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.You will also have or complete a First Aid Certificate, pre-employment Medical, NDIS Worker Screening Check, Working with Children Check, and hold a valid NSW Driver’s Licence.If this sounds like you, we want to hear from you!Samaritans promotes the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all children and young people.You must have the right to live and work in Australia.No agencies or third party applications please.Samaritans is a not-for-profit organisation who for over 30 years has been offering support to those in need. www.samaritans.org.au  80000 AUD Tamworth 2340