At least 12 new employees will be required by ac.care to staff the Riverland home on rostered shifts and additional staff are also being recruited in Mount Gambier for the Limestone Coast expansion and in Murray Bridge to sustain existing services.
ac.care is seeking child and youth workers with existing experience in the sector or a Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention and encouraging applications from other professional disciplines, such as education, disability, social sciences and health where transferable skills and tertiary qualifications will be recognised and add value to the diverse care team.
Out of home care executive manager Dan Mitchell said ac.care would work in close partnership with the Department for Child Protection to establish the new arrangements after decades of experience in placing and supporting children in safe homes.
“It is all about working together to keep young people and children safe in care and the expansion is a great opportunity for Berri in particular to allow young people to stay in their community, at their local school, participating in their local sporting clubs and support groups and keeping connections with friends and family, instead of having to be placed further away, such as in Adelaide,” he said.
Founded in Mount Gambier in 1986 as a country specialist in care for young people, initially with a focus on foster care, the agency has grown to provide diverse services across eastern regional South Australia.
ac.care’s first residential care homes were opened in the Limestone Coast and Murray Bridge in 2007.
Once the residential care expansion is complete, ac.care will operate five homes in Mount Gambier, two in Murray Bridge and one in the Riverland, accommodating around 25 children.
ac.care community services general manager Kirsty Barnett said ac.care had strived to provide residential care in the Riverland for a number of years due to the need for placements to keep children in their home community.
“This provides another opportunity to provide local kids with a safe, caring place and we are really looking forward to recruiting local people to provide appropriate care to young people,” she said.
Ms Barnett said she hoped to facilitate opportunities over the longer term for the broader community to also support young people in care and help vulnerable children and teenagers secure a more positive future.
Visit www.accare.org.au/careers to learn more about job opportunities available for youth and child workers in residential care or call 1300 ACCARE (1300 222 273) for details.