Therapeutic Caseworker


Pathfinders’ Out of Home Care Program provides a safe and nurturing environment for young people and who are in need of alternative accommodation due to being unable to live with their parents or foster carers. 

The successful applicants will work with team members in developing and providing a safe, nurturing and home-like environment for Children and Young People in residence utilising the programs Circle of Courage and Sanctuary model philosophy.

The residential OoHC program aims to provide a home-like environment for residents, build positive coping strategies and maintain and develop links between the residents and their birth families and community. The program aims to meet high standards for health, education, vocation and social competencies amongst all residents.

The OoHC foster care program attends to the needs of children aged 0-18 years of age.  The basis of this program is assisting authorised foster carers to meet the needs of children young people in all areas of life.

The Pathfinders SIL program supports young people on the path to independent living. Support packages are developed by caseworkers to meet individual needs of clients so they can confidently navigate life after care.

Role of the Therapeutic Caseworker

The Therapeutic Caseworker is responsible for achieving the best possible outcomes for Children and Young People placed in the OoHC Program of Pathfinders. In partnership with the Department of Communities and Justice; developing, monitoring and reviewing case plans, auditing case notes and files and advising on the appropriate placement of children and young people referred to Pathfinders.  Essentially, the caseworker is required to undertake a broad range of tasks in order to ensure the Office of the Children’s Guardian OoHC Child Safe Standards are met. 

Essential Criteria

  • Relevant vocational/tertiary qualifications such as bachelor’s degree or relevant Diploma working towards a bachelor’s degree and/or relevant experience in community services, children’s services or family work.
  • Knowledge of the rights of Children and Young People and a commitment to upholding and advocating for them
  • Ability to communicate and establish working relationships with children, young people, foster carers and key stakeholders
  • Commitment to ethical work practices
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently with initiative and as part of a team
  • Excellent computer literacy skills
  • Willingness to adopt the Pathfinders program philosophy and engage in training when provided
  • First Aid Certificate or willingness to obtain
  • Possess a current driver’s licence
  • Possess a current working with children check number and Criminal History Check.

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience in working with Children and Young People in OoHC
  • Case Management experience

All applications must include the following components:

  • Applications addressing the Selection Criteria as provided in the job package.
  • An updated resume including details of at least two recent work-related referees.
  • Current Working with Children Check
  • Current Police History Check
  • Current Driver’s Licence.

Please download the job package from our website to apply for this position.

Applications must be received by 5.00pm on Friday 1st March 2024

Applicants who do not provide all the above will not be considered for an interview.
Applications should be lodged by email to and should be addressed to the Manager Corporate Services.

Pathfinders is committed to being a safe environment for children and young people and is a mandatory reporting Organisation. Pathfinders is a non-smoking workplace and is committed to the principles and practices of Equal Opportunity and Cultural Diversity

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People are strongly encouraged to apply.

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