Do you have a genuine commitment to child safety and a passion for advocating for children and young people in the Out of Home Care sector? Be the Place You Want to WorkSalary starting from $70,000 - $80,000 | Salary packaging to $15,900 Fitness Passport | Diversity and Inclusion | Hybrid work environmentDue to our rapid growth within the organisation, Westhaven is seeking an enthusiastic Caseworker to join the Children Services Intense Therapeutic Care team, supporting Children and Young People living with significant disability to live life the way they choose.About usWesthaven is and will continue to be the provider of choice for disability support services and accommodation across regional NSW.  Westhaven provides client-centric, high quality programs and activities that provide whole of life support for people with disability, including offering houses that are homes, enabling choice and control and supporting clients to live life the way they choose.  About the roleAs a Caseworker you will coordinate casework responsibilities for up to six (6) children and young people (CYP) within Westhaven’s ITC-SD program. Key responsibilitiesWork as part of a Therapeutic Care Team.Manage the casework cycle for children in care. This involves working with Care Team specialists to ensure that Plans are developed, reviewed and implemented within set timeframesMaintain regular contact with Children and Young People in care, seek their views and opinions and monitor their wellbeing.Work closely with parents, birth family and significant others to ensure that they can participate safely and appropriately in the lives of their children living in the ITC-SD.Ensure that all members of the immediate Care Team are able to access up to date plans for children they are supporting in the ITC-SD Program.Ensure that data is collected and recorded in a timely way.Work in ways consistent with the Westhaven Therapeutic Practice Framework.Ensure that Casework is conducted consistent with the requirements of the NSW Office of The Children’s Guardian. Participate in Accreditation and audit processes as required.Maintain up to date, accurate and comprehensive care records in accordance with Westhaven policy and Child Story. To be on the forefront of this opportunity you will:Have knowledge and understanding of the Children and Young Person (Care and Protection) Act 1998 and the NSW Child Safe Standards for Permanent Care.Understand the supports and issues of children and young people living with significant disabilities.Have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal communities, families and children specifically in relation to the placement of Aboriginal children and young people in OOHC.Have a working knowledge of trauma informed practices and case management.Be proficient in report writing and have demonstrated ability to develop, organise and maintain records in a timely manner.Have proficient computer skills including the use of Client Management Databases and Google Suite.Have a genuine commitment to Child Safety. Have highly developed organisational skills, communication skills and conflict resolutions skills. Highly desirable attributes include:Experience in case management, child protection, child welfare practice or related field. Experience working with people with a disability.Ability to coordinate the development, implementation and review Casework Plans for children living with significant disabilities in OOHC.Essential requirements of the roleBachelor’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, or a relevant Behavioural Science; or be of Indigenous decent and be willing to obtain qualifications. A current NSW Driver’s licence Undertake a National Criminal Record CheckThe ability to obtain and maintain a paid Working with Children Check (WWCC)The ability to obtain and maintain a National Disability Insurance Scheme Workers Check (NDISWC)Appropriately vaccinated against Covid-19 and able to provide evidence About applyingPlease submit your CV and a cover letter addressing your abilities to undertake the key responsibilities of this role.We encourage diversity and inclusion Westhaven is passionate about social justice and diversity and is committed to being an EEO employer. We embrace diversity in our workforce and encourage applications from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including those from Aboriginal, Torres Strait Island heritage and people with lived experience of disability.For more information or confidential enquiries please email Katrina Holmes, Operations Manager, Children Services at katrina.holmes@westhaven.org.auApplications close: 18th August 2022Please note: Any published closing dates are estimates only. We aim to fill vacancies as quickly as possible. This means that we will close the advertisement as soon as we have found the right candidate and this may be before the published closing date. We would therefore advise interested applicants to submit an application as early as possible. 70000 AUD Dubbo 2830

Caseworker, Children Services

Do you have a genuine commitment to child safety and a passion for advocating for children and young people in the Out of Home Care sector?

  • Be the Place You Want to Work
  • Salary starting from $70,000 - $80,000 | Salary packaging to $15,900 
  • Fitness Passport | Diversity and Inclusion | Hybrid work environment

Due to our rapid growth within the organisation, Westhaven is seeking an enthusiastic Caseworker to join the Children Services Intense Therapeutic Care team, supporting Children and Young People living with significant disability to live life the way they choose.

About us
Westhaven is and will continue to be the provider of choice for disability support services and accommodation across regional NSW.  Westhaven provides client-centric, high quality programs and activities that provide whole of life support for people with disability, including offering houses that are homes, enabling choice and control and supporting clients to live life the way they choose. 

About the role
As a Caseworker you will coordinate casework responsibilities for up to six (6) children and young people (CYP) within Westhaven’s ITC-SD program.

Key responsibilities

  • Work as part of a Therapeutic Care Team.
  • Manage the casework cycle for children in care. This involves working with Care Team specialists to ensure that Plans are developed, reviewed and implemented within set timeframes
  • Maintain regular contact with Children and Young People in care, seek their views and opinions and monitor their wellbeing.
  • Work closely with parents, birth family and significant others to ensure that they can participate safely and appropriately in the lives of their children living in the ITC-SD.
  • Ensure that all members of the immediate Care Team are able to access up to date plans for children they are supporting in the ITC-SD Program.
  • Ensure that data is collected and recorded in a timely way.
  • Work in ways consistent with the Westhaven Therapeutic Practice Framework.
  • Ensure that Casework is conducted consistent with the requirements of the NSW Office of The Children’s Guardian. Participate in Accreditation and audit processes as required.
  • Maintain up to date, accurate and comprehensive care records in accordance with Westhaven policy and Child Story.


To be on the forefront of this opportunity you will:

  • Have knowledge and understanding of the Children and Young Person (Care and Protection) Act 1998 and the NSW Child Safe Standards for Permanent Care.
  • Understand the supports and issues of children and young people living with significant disabilities.
  • Have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal communities, families and children specifically in relation to the placement of Aboriginal children and young people in OOHC.
  • Have a working knowledge of trauma informed practices and case management.
  • Be proficient in report writing and have demonstrated ability to develop, organise and maintain records in a timely manner.
  • Have proficient computer skills including the use of Client Management Databases and Google Suite.
  • Have a genuine commitment to Child Safety. 
  • Have highly developed organisational skills, communication skills and conflict resolutions skills.


Highly desirable attributes include:

  • Experience in case management, child protection, child welfare practice or related field. 
  • Experience working with people with a disability.
  • Ability to coordinate the development, implementation and review Casework Plans for children living with significant disabilities in OOHC.

Essential requirements of the role

  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, or a relevant Behavioural Science; or be of Indigenous decent and be willing to obtain qualifications. 
  • A current NSW Driver’s licence 
  • Undertake a National Criminal Record Check
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a paid Working with Children Check (WWCC)
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a National Disability Insurance Scheme Workers Check (NDISWC)
  • Appropriately vaccinated against Covid-19 and able to provide evidence 


About applying
Please submit your CV and a cover letter addressing your abilities to undertake the key responsibilities of this role.


We encourage diversity and inclusion
Westhaven is passionate about social justice and diversity and is committed to being an EEO employer. We embrace diversity in our workforce and encourage applications from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including those from Aboriginal, Torres Strait Island heritage and people with lived experience of disability.

For more information or confidential enquiries please email Katrina Holmes, Operations Manager, Children Services at katrina.holmes@westhaven.org.au


Applications close: 18th August 2022

Please note: Any published closing dates are estimates only. We aim to fill vacancies as quickly as possible. This means that we will close the advertisement as soon as we have found the right candidate and this may be before the published closing date. We would therefore advise interested applicants to submit an application as early as possible.

  • Posted Date 04 Aug 2022
  • Location Dubbo
    NSW / Australia
  • Industry Community Services & Development
  • Job Type Full Time
  • Salary Not provided