Student Placements 2021

Every year BYS engages several students to undertake fully supervised placements at BYS. If you are studying Human Services, Social Work or similar, are motivated to learn, and have a passion for supporting vulnerable young people, please consider applying.

Student Placements

Placement Opportunity Outlines

1. Research and Evaluation

This placement is based at our fortitude valley hub and is supervised by BYS’ research and evaluation coordinator and is looking for a student interested in the following areas:

  • Contribute to an ongoing evaluative review of best practice delivery of crisis and transitional housing services and BYS’ safe relationships role
  • Best practice principles in exiting/transitioning young people out of youth services
  • Evaluation and analysis of BYS’ work with specific client cohorts (LGBTIQ+, First Nations Young Peoples, etc)
  • Evaluation of a small grants program for young people to over-come barriers to educational engagement
  • Measuring holistic wellbeing outcomes of services for young people – what difference do we make in young people’s lives?
  • Stories of Most Significant Change – what can we learn from young people’s stories about how their lives change with support?
  • Communicate impact

Other Information:

  • Available 3-4 days per week
  • Please note that this project role is NOT a direct service delivery/case management role but will involve some face to face contact with young people

2. Quality Practice

This placement is based at our Fortitude Valley hub, is supervised by BYS’ Quality and Practice Development Manager who is looking for a student that is interested in the following areas:

  • Young people and addictive behaviours project:
    • Exploring current research & trends of problematic addictive behaviours (other than AOD use) in young people such as gaming, internet use, gambling, pornography.
    • Involvement in the identification of gaps and opportunities for improved practice at BYS in responding to addictive behaviours.
    • Mapping service and referral options available to young people in Brisbane who are wanting support with addictive behaviours.
    • Contributing to the development of practice tools and resources for staff.
  • Involvement in the BYS Continual Quality Improvement Group and actioning practice improvement opportunities to enhance service delivery.
  • Assisting in actioning recommendations/suggestions from young people and program evaluations for improved services and support.
  • Measuring outcomes with young people who are no longer accessing BYS services.
  • Contributing to projects that enhance quality service delivery across teams at BYS.
  • Assisting with the development and review of service delivery policies and procedures.

Other Information:

  • This placement would be suitable for a final placement student
  • Available 3-4 days per week
  • Please note that this project role is NOT a direct service delivery/case management role but will involve some face to face and phone contact with young people
  • This placement is within the Quality and Knowledge Team, which is responsible for improving service delivery quality, developing a strong practice culture at BYS that ensures excellence and utilising research and evidence to continually improve outcomes.

3. Health

This placement is based at our Fortitude Valley Hub.  The health team consists of a medical clinic, counselling program, and Alcohol and Other Drugs program and a Mental Health program.

The Health team is looking for students interested in the following areas:

  • Direct face to face work with vulnerable young people experiencing mental health, social isolation, complex and challenging behaviours (often as a result of alcohol and drug issues)
  • Crisis stabilisation and intervention
  • Ongoing planned support
  • There is a possibility of working in groups, as well as individually with young people

Other Information:

  • Available 3-4 days per week
  • Divers license desirable
  • This placement would best suit a student in their final placement.
  • Students will need to possess a high level of autonomy

4. Sustaining Young Tenancies (SYT)

The Sustaining Young Tenancies Program is located at our Stones Corner office and is supervised by the SYT program coordinator (social work graduate). BYS maintains formal partnerships with Department of Housing and Public Works (Housing Service Centres – Fortitude Valley, Buranda and Chermside), BRIC Housing and Brisbane Housing Company (BHC). This partnership allows these housing providers to refer young tenants directly to the SYT team for support to sustain their social housing tenancy.

We are looking are looking for someone interested in the following areas:

  • Direct face to face work with vulnerable young people who are housed DOH (Housing Service Centres – Fortitude Valley, Buranda and Chermside), BRIC Housing and Brisbane Housing Company (BHC) properties
  • Supporting young people (and accompanying children) in these properties to sustain their tenancies
  • Building relationships with the housing officers responsible for the young person’s tenancy
  • Supporting young people to build relationships with their housing provider so they can learn to feel more confident to navigate any tenancy concerns or challenges as they arise
  • Holistic support and case coordination
  • Crisis stabilisation and intervention
  • Ongoing planned support

Other Information:

  • Available 3-4 days per week
  • Must have a drivers license
  • Student will need to possess a high level of autonomy and preferably on their final social work placement due to capacity

5. Women and Families

This placement is based at our Women and Families team office, located in Stones Corner.  The women and families team is looking for students interested in the following areas:

  • Direct face to face work with vulnerable young women and/or young families experiencing mental health, social isolation, complex and challenging behaviours
  • Crisis stabilisation and intervention
  • Ongoing planned support
  • There is a possibility of working in both families and women’s groups, as well as individually with young people *Pending covid-19

Other Information:

  • Available 3 days per week
  • Divers license desirable
  • Students in their final placement/year of study
  • will need to possess a high level of autonomy

Project Examples

These are not our usual placements but examples of project students we have recruited in the past.

Intake and Intervention + Project – Corporate Creative Design

This placement is based at our fortitude valley hub, is supervised by an Intake and Intervention Worker and the BYS Corporate Services Director who are looking for a student with creative industries or communications skills, that are interested in the following areas:

  • Direct face to face work with vulnerable young people experiencing homelessness
  • Holistic support and referral
  • Crisis stabilisation and intervention
  • Intake and initial assessment
  • Brief planned support

Plus project work in BYS’ social media including:

  • Preparing graphic design for social media
  • Preparing content and messages for social media

Other Information:

  • Student will need to possess a high level of autonomy and be able to work from a briefing (for creative designs work)
  • Drivers license is desirable
  • Available 3-4 days per week

 

24/7 Residential + Project – Youth Justice

This placement will be based at Sandgate in our 24/7 supported residential home. This placement is supervised by the House Manager and the BYS Senior Housing Manager who are looking for a student interested in the following areas:

  • Direct face to face work with vulnerable young families experiencing homelessness in a share house environment
  • Holistic support and referral
  • Crisis stabilisation and intervention
  • Ongoing planned support
  • Assist in the development of a proposal for a housing model for young offenders

Other Information:

  • Available 3-4 days per week
  • Drivers license is desirable
  • Must be final placement student

 

How to Apply for a Placement

To apply, simply complete  (1) Application package on the link below and email along with (2) your CV to: admin@brisyouth.org 

Please be sure to identify which placement you wish to apply for

If you would like to discuss a placement opportunity further, please contact Simone Bursey on 07 3620 2400.

Placement Applications close 5:00pm Tuesday 9 November 2021.