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Recruitment drive to improve SA’s residential care

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Department for Education and Child Development is improving overall standards of care for the state’s most vulnerable children by converting more than 150 existing casual or temporary residential care jobs into ongoing positions.

DECD Deputy Chief Executive of Child Safety, Etienne Scheepers, said the move, which will be carried out through a recruitment and selection process, will help attract high quality applicants, improve staff retention rates and enable ongoing investment in staff training and professional development.

“This move will deliver a higher quality of care and support to some of the most vulnerable children in our society,” Mr Scheepers said.

“Creating a stable workforce will help us to attract and retain high quality applicants and ensure children in residential facilities receive consistent care and therapeutic support.

“Greater workforce stability will increase the chance of residential carers being able to build positive, ongoing relationships with the children they are looking after.

“It also allows greater investment in ongoing training and professional development which leads to better standards of care.

“Today’s announcement is a significant part of the major reform of Families SA’s residential care services.

“Where residential care is the only safe and viable option, the changes we have announced will help to ensure the highest possible standards of care and support.”

Staff currently employed in contract roles will be encouraged to apply for the ongoing positions which will be filled through a merit-based selection process.

All residential care staff are required to undergo employment suitability checks, including criminal and child protection history screening, prior to commencing their work.

An advertisement calling for applicants for the ongoing positions is planned for Saturday 28 February.