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Youth Coach


  • Ongoing, full-time position
  • Frankston location
  • Competitive remuneration package with salary packaging benefits available

About the program

The Detour program is an Innovation Action Project program and homelessness early intervention program for young people aged 12-24 years, and their families or significant adults. The Detour program, delivered in partnership by Melbourne City Mission, Uniting and Kids Under Cover is an initiative under the Victoria Department of Health & Human Services. This initiative aims to address potential homelessness for young people by providing intensive wrap-around coaching support services and individualised intensive support packages.

About the role

Detour identifies and addresses the root-causes of homelessness risk factors for young people, going deeper than the presenting circumstances. Providing access to integrated services with individually tailored support packages, Detour actively diverts young people away from homelessness, fast-tracking them back into the community.

  • Provide comprehensive support for young people and their families, within the Detour framework.
  • Provide effective early intervention strategies for “at risk” young people and their families, in conjunction with the Detour team, partners and service providers.
  • Support young people to return to their community of origin and family, where possible.
  • Plan, deliver and co-facilitate group work initiatives.

Skills and experience

  • Bachelor of Youth Work, Social Work, or a related discipline.
  • Significant experience in working with and providing casework to young people and their families, particularly within the context of early intervention and youth homelessness.
  • An understanding and experience with the youth homelessness sector and/or mainstream services, including knowledge of patterns, trends and systemic issues.
  • Knowledge and/or experience in Action Research and other related participatory engagement strategies.
  • An understanding of key issues as it relates to youth homelessness and family breakdown.

Download a position description for the full duties and key selection criteria

How to apply

  • Applications should include a current CV and cover letter. You should also address the key selection criteria (if required).
  • If you are a current MCM employee, please submit your application via the myHR job board
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.
  • Applications close date 4 August 2021. We reserve the right to interview and appoint prior to the closing date.

For more details or assistance with application submission please email:

Applicants will be required to undergo a pre-employment safety screening process as part of the MCM selection process. Appointments to MCM roles will be subject to the following safety screening checks (as applicable to the role): National (and International if applicable) Police Check (which includes Proof of Identity Check), Victorian Employee Working with Children Check, NDIS Worker Screening Check, Right to Work in Australia and current and valid driver licence. All costs associated with safety checks (except National Police Check) will be at applicants’ expense.

Position details

  • Date posted

    21 July 2021
  • Closing Date

    04 August 2021
  • Location

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