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Child and youth support worker - residential care

Child and youth support workers provide specialised accommodation and care to vulnerable at-risk children and young people, whose homes can’t always provide a safe, nurturing environment.

We’re looking for people with experience or training in areas like:

  • child care
  • early childhood development
  • child and youth work
  • education
  • health and social work.

If you’re an understanding, caring, resilient, confident person with an affinity for children and young people we’d love you to apply for child and youth worker roles with us

Child and youth support worker

The child and youth support worker (OPS2) is responsible for:

  • contributing to programs and services that facilitate the caring and development of children and young people
  • contributing to the rehabilitation of young people and their re-integration into the community and helping to provide effective assessment and liaison services
  • maintaining an appropriate level of safety and supervision in residential care facilities
  • assessing the individual needs of children and young people on admission to residential care.

Child and youth worker

The child and youth worker (OPS3) is responsible for:

  • enhancing the social and living skills of children and young people in care to help their re-integration into the community and reconciliation with their families
  • assessing the individual needs of children and young people in care so that interventions can be successful
  • supporting child and youth support workers working in residential care
  • providing primary care for residential care residents including behavioural control, household duties, and transportation to school, activities and appointments
  • working with children and young people and external professionals to deliver programs and services
  • maintaining an appropriate level of safety and supervision in residential care facilities.

Minimum requirements

All applicants must:

  • be over 18 years of age
  • hold a current class C driver's licence and be willing to drive in the course of their duties
  • hold a 'provide first aid’ certificate
  • be available to attend the 6-week full time paid training at the start of employment
  • complete the Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention within 12 months of starting.

All costs associated with the Certificate IV are paid for by the department. If you have completed, or are completing a similar qualification already this will be recognised by the department.

You will need to apply for recognition of prior learning or credit transfer. 


  • OPS2 Child and youth support worker: $25.34 - $27.43 plus 25% loading
  • OPS3 Child and youth worker: $29.51 - $31.60 plus 25% loading

The positions are casual and you can work up to 76 hours per fortnight. Penalty rates apply to public holidays, weekday afternoons, weekday nights, and weekend shifts.


Positions will be available in various locations across metropolitan Adelaide.

Selection process

If you want to apply for the child and youth support worker and the child and youth worker role, please submit an application for each.

The selection process will include:

  • a written application to be submitted by the closing date (including responses to behavioural questions)
  • an initial shortlisting process
  • medical assessment 
  • suitability screening (this may include a psychometric screening)
  • a second shortlisting process
  • a panel interview
  • referee checks                                                                     
  • a satisfactory working with children check (WWCC).


You must nominate 3 referees who are able to comment on your skills, knowledge and experience. Ideally, 1 referee will be your current line manager.  

Psychological suitability assessment

The psychological suitability assessment consists of a psychometric screening taking several hours. There is an expected level of numeracy and literacy in the assessment, but you cannot fail the overall psychological screening.

The screening is  to assess your psychological suitability for the role. The results will be reviewed by a psychologist who will do a follow-up interview if necessary.

No personal questions related to the psychometric screening will be asked by the selection panel.

The selection panel

The selection panel will consist of:

  • a residential care representative
  • a HR practitioner
  • an independent person nominated by the executive director, human resources and workforce development.

Department for Child Protection Recruitment

Phone: 8226 2959
Email: DECDFamiliesSARecruitment [at] sa.gov.au