Child & Family Practitioner. Permanent Full Time - Adelaide or Murray Bridge

Life Without Barriers

SA: Adelaide, SA: Riverland & Murray Mallee
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Closing Date
Vacancy Type
  • Flexible working hours, including work from home possibilities
  • Tool of trade vehicle available for personal use & fuel card
  • Up to $15,900 annual salary sacrifice
  • $2600 annual meal & entertainment card 
  • Work for one of Australia's largest social purpose organisations

About the Organisation
Every day, Life Without Barriers provides support and care to children and young people, as we work collaboratively with families, carers, and communities, to ensure they have the environment they deserve to grow. With a focus on ensuring safety and respect, this is an opportunity to make a positive and meaningful difference in these young lives and help pave a brighter future.

Life Without Barriers is a leading social purpose, not for profit organisation of 8,000 employees working in more than 500 communities across Australia. We support children, young people and families, people with disability, older people and people with mental illness. We work with people who are homeless and refugees and asylum seekers.   
We want to employ people who reflect the diversity of our clients to ensure we can support each client's individual needs and wants. We encourage people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background and people with disability to apply.

About the Role

Our team is going through a substantial period of growth and we have an opportunity for a skilled professional to step into the Child & Family Practitioner role in the CYF Team. Regular travel will be required. This is a permanent full-time appointment servicing the Adelaide Hills and Murray Bridge regions.  A Tool of Trade vehicle (including fuel card) will also be allocated to the successful candidate.

You will be instrumental in supporting foster carers to provide a safe and nurturing environment that promotes the physical and emotional safety of children and young people, as well as planning, coordinating and delivering training for our dedicated carers.

You will have the ability to build relationships, engage with people from diverse backgrounds and work in partnership to ensure that the needs of children in care are met in a CARE informed way.

This role requires high level written and verbal communication skills, conflict management and negotiation skills, and a solid understanding of the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 and relevant legislation and requirements in South Australia.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Undertake child focused casework practice in partnership with the relevant government agency, children and their families, carers and other stakeholders. This includes undertaking a range of activities:
    • Assessment of the child’s needs, their support network including carer families
    • Case planning
    • Implementation, monitoring and review

Skills & Experience

  • Recognised Social Work qualifications with eligibility for membership of the AASW and/or a Bachelor of Psychology or other relevant qualification.
  • Demonstrated experience working with individuals, families and communities from a strength-based, culturally appropriate perspective that are part of the out of home care sector
  • Demonstrated experience in identifying an individual’s strengths and areas for improvement within the context of providing foster and/or host care with an emphasis on permanency for children in care.
  • Demonstrated understanding of impact of trauma and attachment on children and young people and complex behaviours.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop quality case plans that are consistent with appropriate policy and procedures.
  • Current Drivers Licence.

Successful candidates will be required to clear probity checks including National Criminal History Record Check and Working with Children Check (where relevant to the role).


  • Monthly Rostered Day off
  • CARE and TCI Training for all new employees 
  • Life Without Barriers offers ongoing training, support and career advancement opportunities
  • Tool of trade vehicle with fuel card


How to Apply

Include your resume and covering letter in one document, click ‘Apply’ and follow the prompts. For any enquiries including persons with disability that require adjustments, contact Recruitment at

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as applications are continuously reviewed prior to the closing date; and as such the closing date is subject to change without notice. Current application closing date is midnight 30th November 2023. 

Life Without Barriers supports the Royal Commission into violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability. We believe people with disability need to be heard and for these experiences to influence how support services like ours are delivered. View our statement here (

Please note: To be considered for and appointed to a position at Life Without Barriers, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or hold a valid medical exemption certificate.  You will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status during the recruitment process.

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