Youth Worker, Youth Justice Group Conferencing Convenor

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Position Title: Youth Worker, Youth Justice Group Conferencing Convenor
EFT: Part-time, ongoing position
Location: Ballarat
Contact Person: Benita Marson, Manager Victims Assistance Program and Youth Services
Phone: (03) 5337 8937
Closing Date: 31 May 2020

Job Description

The Youth Justice Group Conferencing Convenor plays an essential role in coordinating and facilitating each group conference and is responsible for engaging with the young person that has offended, their family members/significant others and liaising with community members and other key stakeholders.

Based on the model of restorative justice principles, the Youth Justice Group Conferencing (YJGC) program is aimed at young people who have been found guilty of an offence in the Children’s Court and provides a community rehabilitation intervention at the pre-sentence stage. The program aims to address a young person’s criminogenic behaviour and provide opportunity to realise the impact of their offending on the victim; reduce the frequency and seriousness of re-offending and increase victim satisfaction with the criminal justice process. The Youth Justice Group Conferencing Convenor aims to divert young people from more intensive supervisory court outcomes and works to effectively integrate young people into the community following the conference process and strengthen the young person’s support system.

To be successful in this role, you require:

1. Tertiary qualifications in Youth Work, Welfare, Social Work, Restorative Justice, Mediation or relevant discipline.

2. A sound knowledge and understanding of the Youth Justice system, relevant legislation and processes.

3. A sound understanding of trauma informed practice and the impact of trauma and disrupted attachment.


About Centacare

Centacare, Catholic Diocese of Ballarat is a social welfare agency committed to providing support services within the communities in which it operates. Centacare delivers a range of programs and services to families and individuals throughout Western Victoria.

At Centacare we offer:

  • a family friendly working environment
  • training and development opportunities
  • flexible working arrangements
  • salary packaging for eligible staff

We embrace, value and respect an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated. We are committed to the safety of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

We encourage talented people from all backgrounds, abilities and identities to apply. We strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply.

Please ensure your application includes a cover letter, resume and responses to the key skills and experience found in the position description linked below.

Should you require cultural or other support in submitting your application, please contact our People and Culture Department on 03 5337 8999