Behaviour Support Specialist

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere
  • Salary:AU$85000 - AU$95000 per annum + + Super + Salary Packaging/NFP - NEG
  • Behaviour Support Specialist
  • Experienced Clinical background (Suited Social Worker, Psychologist or relevant field)
  • State Wide Role – Locations you can be based from are as follows: Lismore, Grafton, Blacktown and the South – NSW.
  • Salary: $85,0000 to $95,000 + Super + Salary Packaging (not for prof) Salary negotiable depending on relevant experience.

Position purpose

  • The role of the Behaviour Support Specialist (BSS) is provide therapeutic clinical expertise in the development of Behaviour Support Plans for children and young people who are clients of the Permanency Support Program (PSP).
  • This role will cover programs across Metro Sydney, Southern NSW and Northern NSW to ensure Behaviour Support Plans are therapeutic, incorporate positive behaviour strategies and are compliant with the legislative requirements of the PSP program.
  • The Behaviour Support Specialist will collaborate with Case Workers to create comprehensive support plans, and completion of reviews of behaviour support plans.

Summary of position responsibilities

  • The position is directly responsible to District Manager, Home Based Care, Northern NSW.
  • Collaborate with program managers and coordinators to ensure legislative and OCG requirements are met for all children and young people who are clients of the Permanency Support Program (PSP)
  • Demonstrated ability in the development of individual response plans; using positive behaviour support strategies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in de-escalation techniques and an understanding of the use of restrictive practices as a response.
  • Use a strengths-based approach with a clear focus on person-centred interventions, with the aim of reducing and eliminating the use of restrictive practices.
  • Work collaboratively with relevant stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to lead an interdisciplinary assessment of complex behaviours
  • Demonstrated understanding on the importance of risk management; including strategies that remove conditions likely to promote behaviours of concerns, including environmental modifications and active engagement through structured and meaningful daily activities.
  • Train those implementing a behaviour support plan in its effective implementation.
  • Work autonomously under general direction in functions requiring the application of skills and knowledge appropriate to the role.
  • Practice knowledge relevant to working with traumatised and vulnerable children, young people and families such as: child development and the impact of trauma; including the ability to provide therapeutic clinical assessment and trauma informed interventions.
  • A well-developed understanding of Attachment and Trauma Theories, their relationship to child abuse and neglect, together with an understanding of social, emotional and cognitive disabilities and an ability to assist others to understand their associated implications.

About You: To be successful in this role it is a requirement that you have:

  • Relevant degree in the Human Services field with relevant experience; Bachelor Degree level in: Psychology, social work, community services or relevant field.
  • Proven experience working with children in the Out of Home Care sector
  • An understanding of the NSW framework for Permanency Support
  • Understanding of restrictive intervention as defined by Department of Communities and Justice
  • Experience with assessment of behavioural support and the development and monitoring of an
  • individualised behaviour support plan

To Apply: To be considered for this role and discuss the opportunity in further detail. Please send your updated resume through to amanda.hunt@sugarmangroup.com.au – Thank you

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