Student Welfare Worker

  • School Shearwater, The Mullumbimby Steiner School
  • Closing Date Nov 30 2021

Student Welfare Worker

Industrial Instrument:          Independent Schools NSW (Support and Operational) Multi Enterprise Agreement 2017

Reports to:                            Head of Education

Employment Type:               1.0 FTE (stand-down provision applies)

Position Overview

The Student Welfare Worker will support the social and emotional development and wellbeing of the students, staff and members of our community.

The role will act as a liaison between students and staff and have close working relationships with those with key roles in Education and pastoral care.

Key Accountabilities

An aspect of the role is reactive and responsive.  In this sphere specific duties include:

  • general counselling for students as required
  • responding to students at risk by providing immediate support, follow up support, and then following liaison with parents and teachers, refer for professional support as appropriate
  • interpreting educational psychologist’s/ specialist’s tests, and follow with appropriate program design
  • liaise where appropriate with the Head of Education, Faculty Coordinators, Support and Integration Coordinators and staff as a consultant for learning and behaviour problems
  • liaise with and advise parents, Class Teachers and Class Guardians regarding student welfare matters
  • provide referral base for specialist consultations for students as required, in consultation with parents

Another aspect of the role is proactive and preventative, which involves the identification of needs and the subsequent development of coping strategies.  In this sphere specific duties include:

  • assisting individual students who are experiencing difficulties with social, communication and conflict resolution skills as well as organisational and study skills
  • advise on study skills and relaxation techniques, and assist in behaviour modification exercises when necessary
  • increase the students’ awareness of self, others, and the school support system, within the framework of the School’s philosophy
  • ensure awareness of the School’s support system and how to access it
  • Plan, deliver and evaluate coordinated pastoral care and student wellbeing services
  • Develop, implement, and coordinate targeted programs for specific age groups and developmental stages
  • Reach out to community to build relationships and support networks with relevant organisations and professionals
  • Support development and implementation of school policy and frameworks relevant to student welfare e.g. School Anti-Bullying Policy

Key Selection Criteria

Amongst many skills candidates should possess:

  • Demonstrated awareness of children’s needs through the developmental stages, as outlined by Rudolf Steiner
  • Demonstrated awareness of the range of issues affecting the wellbeing of children, young people and adults within our community and the resources available to support them
  • Demonstrated skills and experience to assist students who are struggling with the social and emotional demands of schooling
  • Demonstrated ability to support staff and develop and facilitate activities and programs for groups of students to promote student wellbeing
  • Excellent demonstrated interpersonal skills including the ability to create accurate, confidential, and detailed documentation where appropriate, and the ICT skills to support this
  • Ability to maintain high levels of confidentiality and professional boundaries
  • Willingness to participate in all aspects of the Shearwater community, including co-curricular activities such as festivals and open days


  • Degree qualification in Counselling or Social Work (or equivalent)

Further information

Your appointment will be subject to a satisfactory Working with Children Check as required under the Child Protection (Working With Children) Act 2012.

All applicants must meet the requirements of the current NSW Public Health Order relating to mandatory vaccination of education and care workers.

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