• Mid North Coast Location

  • 12 month contract

  • Part-time position 22.8 hours per week

  • NFP Salary Packaging


About Us

SHINE for Kids is the only national charity in Australia that works solely to support the children and families of people involved in the criminal justice system. We work to lessen the effects of imprisonment on children and families through early intervention, support and information. We advocate for the rights of children at all levels and we believe that our services are needed now more than ever.


About your new role

You will have experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Culturally and Linguistically diverse young people and families. You will be facilitating the Belonging to Family program in custody, working on improving relationships between Aboriginal inmates, children, families and community members who participate in the program to ensure a link to a support network prior to release.  You will assist in the delivery of the Belonging to Family program to Aboriginal Torres Strait and Islander parents in the Mid North Coast Correctional Centre, their families and children. You will be responsible for delivering course content pre-release and providing integrated community post release support for 12 months.

This specific position is Indigenous Identified and is open only to male applicants of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage, in line with s42, Discrimination Act 1991.


Your paperwork

  • Tertiary Qualifications in Human Services (Social Work, Welfare or Community Welfare) or equivalent experience
  • Current Working with Children Check (Paid)
  • Current Drivers Licence (travel required)
  • Criminal History Records Check (where applicable)
  • Our organisation undertakes several screening processes to ensure the appropriate protection of children in its care. This includes reference checks, Identity check, qualification checks and professional registration checks.


What is involved?

  • Supporting the development of strong partnerships with service providers
  • Referring children and families to service providers to build a solid network of effective supports for them
  • Assisting the Belonging to Family Manager – Kempsey with post release offenders where required
  • Utilising surveys and evaluation forms for carers and children regarding appropriate activities for children
  • Developing activities for children including educational activities and cultural excursions
  • Working to a budget for activities
  • Organising with carers of children (and carers) to attend appropriate activities
  • You will provide your supervisor with regular updates on the development and changes with the online reporting form
  • Documenting outcomes of activities and incorporating Aboriginal cultural values to address the needs of children of prisoners in the context of culture, family and community
  • Completing monthly reporting,
  • Recording attendance for activities


Everyone at SHINE for Kids from Executive staff to volunteers take seriously our commitment and responsibility to safeguarding children and young people across all of our programs and services in a supportive environment that is caring, safe, nurturing, free from bullying, abuse, exploitation and neglect.

Please note this position involves work within a Correctional Centre environment.

To learn more about this role, please review the attached position description. Position and Job Description – Aboriginal Support Worker for Belonging to Families – Kempsey – Rev 1.1

If you have the skills and experience outlined please forward your resume and a cover letter addressing the above skills and experience, plus any other information that you feel is relevant to your ability to perform this role to [email protected]