• Parental leave coverage for 6 months
• Passionate about making a real difference
• Part-time position 11 hours per week, Saturday & Sunday

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.

SHINE for Kids provides a range of services across the ACT, NSW, QLD and Victoria. We are looking for a passionate and skilled person who wants to make a real difference.

Job purpose

Child and Family Centre’s are designed to support children, young people and their families and friends when visiting a Correctional Centre. Child and Family Centre’s provide facilities for children/young people to have ‘time out’, to experience playtime, to connect with other children in the same situation and to have an opportunity to have a more pleasant experience when visiting their parent. Child and Family Centre also support family and friends with information, referral services and advocacy.

The Child and Family Centre’s offer four important services to visitors:

  • Activity sessions – At the Child and Family Centres, children and young people (up to 18 years of age) can participate in a range of tailored activities such craft, games, toys, computer games, drawing and writing, constructions, imaginative play, puzzles and outdoor play where available.
  • Drop in Service – Child and Family Centres provide a “drop-in” for families before or after a visit. Visitors can use the Centre to relax, have refreshments, change nappies, use the toilet facilities, and wait for their next visit or their transport arrangements back home.
  • Prison In-Visits Program – The Prison In-Visits program supports positive family interaction and provides a variety of arts, craft and diversionary activities for children to share with their parents. This program is conducted within the relevant visiting area of the Correctional Centre.
  • Child/ Parent Activity Days – This program ensures that children are able to stay connected to their parent, maintaining their child-parent bond despite the barriers of prison. This child-focused program emphasizes the importance of the offender parent having sole responsibility for their children, having an opportunity to practice their parenting skills and to connect with their children over a longer period of time. This program is only offered in school holidays and is conducted within the Correctional Centre.

This role will be responsible for the following areas:

  • Prison invists (Saturday and Sunday)

Selection criteria

  • Experience in working with children/young people and programming child centred activities
  • Experience in working with volunteers as an integral part of a service delivery model.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the issues and challenges that children of prisoners face.
  • Experience working with and engaging Aboriginal families and their children
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse clients.
  • Excellent verbal, written, interpersonal communication skills

 Qualifications and Checks

  • Diploma in Child Care (Current First Aid Certificate and current Anaphylaxis/Asthma and Epilepsy management training)
  • Current Working with Children Check (Paid)
  • Our organisation undertakes several screening processes to ensure the appropriate protection of children in its care. This includes reference checks, Identity check, qualification checks, Criminal History Records Check (where applicable) and professional registration checks.

Other Requirements

  • The capacity to work professionally in an independent role, within a larger regional and interstate team structure.
  • An understanding and adherence with Work Health and Safety principles to ensure the health and safety of yourself and others at the workplace. The ability to apply risk management and prevention strategies within a complex criminal justice environment.
  • An understanding of the principles and practices related to workplace diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO).
  • Have an understanding of, or capacity to work within, the criminal justice system.
  • Adherence to the SHINE for Kids Code of Conduct and Ethics to ensure ethical issues are promptly addressed.

Proficient computer literacy and experience with the Microsoft Suite (PowerPoint, Word, Outlook Express – email)

Everyone at SHINE for Kids from Executive staff to volunteers takes 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.

Please see attached Position and Job Description for more information.

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]


Application closing date is 16 December 2018