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I was a coordinator in a custodial environment. I was a tactical response officer for riot control.




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Worst work place ever

Very much a boys club,very little support from other youth officers and management. Very judgemental workplace,unsupportive when injured, through not fault of yours, Sacked unfairly due to my injuries. WOULDN'T RECOMMEND THIS WORK PLACE.
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Helpful management, learning opportunities

Juvenile justice staff and hierarchy were professional, approachable, caring and helpful. They were genuine people trying to do the best for staff and genuinely dealt with juveniles cases with fairness and understanding


Always there to contact to ask for assistance


Irregular work load as a convenor.
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Challenging but enjoyable

Loved working with juveniles in custody. Great learning the custodial system Opportunity to learn the legal system in dpth


Working with young peole


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A lot of dictaphone typing of legal documents. Learnt a lot about community services and youth work. My co-workers were wonderful people. The hardest part of the job was having to return abused children back to an unstable environment. The most enjoyable part of the job was being able to assist young, troubled youth.


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Being on-call and taking work home.
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Challenging Workplace with rewarding outcomes

*Following Routines to the minute, Hard working and very mentally challenging working with young offenders * I learnt to be thick skinned and to relate with youth well. * I found management to be very clicky. And you didn't get places if you where not liked. * Working in such a dangerous environment you needed to know that your co workers had your back and you need to work very close as a team. I felt very comfortable and safe with all the teams I worked with. *Hardest part of the job was the challenges of Young people working with you day to day. * Working with some very interesting young people and interacting with the young people.


Great hourly rate and shift allowances


very mentally draining
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Team work and support for each other

I am currently on a 24 hour rotating shift work roster working 6 days on and 3 days off.I enjoy all aspects of my job and have great job satisfaction. I find it difficult working the night shift and I only have one full weekend off each 6 weekends.I work within a team of 4 worker and I am Youth officer 1 within this team. I work as a part of this team and also at times alone. My team is a close nit group of people and we have a close working relationship with respect for each other.This team is 1 of 3 teams within the unit I am attached to. All staff within this unit appear to mix and communicate well providing support and encouragement in this sometimes harsh environment.The hardest aspect of my job woud be the physical restraining that at times is required due to fights and conflict with the detainee's.The most enjoyable part of my job is seeing the change in some of the detainees as they progress through the juvenile justice system and when released knowing that there risk of reoffending has been lowered.


making a difference in a child life


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2.9 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.1 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.0 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
2.6 out of 5 stars for Management
2.7 out of 5 stars for Culture

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