Children's Therapeutic Practitioner

Care · Melbourne, Victoria
Department Care
Employment Type Full-Time

Position Description


Position title:               Children’s Therapeutic Practitioner


Department:                Programs, Children Ahead    


Reports to:                  Children Ahead Program Manager


Job type:                     Full time, 12 months fixed-term


Date:                            January 2021




The Alannah & Madeline Foundation (the Foundation) was set up in memory of Alannah and Madeline Mikac, aged six and three, who were tragically killed with their mother and 32 others at Port Arthur, Tasmania, on 28 April 1996. In memory of his daughters, Walter Mikac AM and a small group of volunteers set up the Foundation with the belief that all children should have a safe and happy childhood without being subjected to violence. The then Prime Minister launched the Foundation on 30 April 1997. 


The Foundation:


  • identifies issues that adversely affect the wellbeing of children; we work to help them recover and protect them from bullying and violence.
  • works across the spectrum of prevention and care to deliver state-of-the-art, evidence-based programs and products.
  • works with the best minds to identify and reduce significant threats to children’s safety through innovation and partnerships.
  • speaks out on the need for systemic change to build a supportive and safe society.


We are committed to child safety and our Child Safe Policy outlines our safe practices for children.  The Foundation’s values are caring, friendliness, respect, responsibility, valuing difference and including others.



Reporting to the Children Ahead Program Manager, the Children’s Therapeutic Practitioner is responsible for the delivery of therapy and case management to children who have experienced significant trauma, violence or bullying. The Children Ahead program helps children by focusing on what they need to recover. The program provides a dual service to children, offering both a comprehensive case management service and strengths-based counselling to promote resilience and recovery. The Children Ahead program works collaboratively with relevant schools and agencies to make sure children and their families have the community connections needed for immediate and long-term support.





  • Recommendations for change should be approved by relevant Manager/s in order to ensure alignment with overall operational needs
  • The Children’s Therapeutic Practitioner works according to the policies and procedures of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation.




  • Provide individual therapeutic support and case management to children within the program to promote their recovery from the effects of experiences of trauma, violence or bullying. This may include children and young people who have experienced significant:


  • family or community violence
  • developmental trauma as a result of abuse or neglect, or witnessing serious crime
  • face to face and/or online bullying or harassment, including but not limited to experiences of having images shared online without consent or who have been groomed online.
  • Provide efficient, professional case work consisting of intake, assessment, partnering with other services as appropriate, service provision, referral, review and closure including:


  • holistic, trauma-informed case work incorporating child-centred, family and community focused interventions
  • collaborative goal setting and case planning
  • conducting assessments using a variety of child and family assessment tools.

  • Foster collaborative relationships with key stakeholders, including schools, allied health professionals and others as appropriate.
  • Maintain accurate and up to date client management and statistical records, including case notes.
  • Participate in regular supervision and team meetings.
  • Ensure skills and knowledge of research and clinical practice relating to children and violence, bullying, resilience and recovery are at cutting edge.
  • Ensure up to date and accurate knowledge of relevant services available to Foundation clients.
  • Contribute positively to the Foundation’s culture through developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with colleagues and other partners.
  • Proactive contribution to program development and improvement.
  • Adhere to relevant Program Policies and Procedures, and legislation relevant to working with children and families.
  • Other tasks as directed by the Children Ahead Program Program Manager, Head of Children and Families, the CEO and the Senior Leadership Team.


  • An appropriate tertiary qualification in social welfare such as Social Work or Psychology, with eligibility for membership of a professional organisation (ie. AASW or APS) or other qualifications suitable for practice in the child and family welfare field.
  • Experience in providing high quality, complex case management to children, youth and families in the context of violence, abuse and trauma, including a range of comprehensive assessment, case planning and intervention tools with strong client outcomes focus.
  • Experience in delivering clinical services to vulnerable children and young people.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practice models and theories relating to children, families, trauma, violence or abuse, bullying and online behaviours.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and delivery of a child-centered, family focused, and strengths-based approach.
  • Ability to apply risk management approaches within the context of child and family casework.
  • Excellent organisational skills (time management, thoroughness, efficiency) and verbal/written communication skills.
  • Proven ability to problem-solve creatively and work as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Proven ability in networking, service promotion and fostering collaborative relationships with relevant agencies.
  • Hold a current driver’s license, and willing and able to use own vehicle (appropriate reimbursement of expenses provided).
  • Working With Children Check and Police Check.

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