Community carers are adults who have been assessed and approved by us to provide accommodation, care and support to a young person.
Carers work as a team together with our staff and the young person to enable them to become more stable and independent.
To become a community carer you must:
- successfully complete the detailed assessment process, including reference checks, working with children checks and prohibited person’s assessment
- enjoy the company of teenagers, like spending time with and listening to them
appreciate the culture of youth
- be non-judgemental of young people and respect their views
- be accessible to young people and help with difficulties as they arise
- be a positive role model
- be a team player with a sense of humour and tolerance of difference
- be confident with managing young people’s behaviour
- be willing to participate in ongoing compulsory training
- be willing to participate in meetings as required
- be open to feedback and to take on board comments.
A Carer provides:
- practical assistance with daily tasks as needed
- a positive environment in which successes are acknowledged.
With assistance and support from our staff, a carer also provides:
- assistance with a young person’s chosen goals such as opportunities to learn and practise living skills
- clear and negotiated boundaries and limits for young people within the home
- feedback to young people about appropriate behaviour and community expectations
- facilitation of negotiated and agreed strategies to guide young people towards achieving positive outcomes.