ZJCN Youth Care Professional

Are you that passionate professional who wants to contribute to creating a safe environment for children? Do you want to commit yourself to the well-being of child and family? Then we are looking for you!

HBO| Bonaire| 36 hours| Job ID: JP&O2023_02_017 | Closing date: 22nd March, 2023

Job description

As Youth Care Professional you will put child protection orders imposed by the Court into effect and you will also be versatile in terms of the provision of counselling to (foster) families. You will develop a plan of action together with parents/carers in order to remove the threat to the child's development. You will realise this by supporting parents in child rearing by making house calls, and by organising and coordinating the required assistance and care in the home situation. The child's safety should be monitored and calls for active intervention if necessary. You will do this by directing the process.

Your responsibilities will also include organising and coordinating foster care if this is required to place the child into safety. Building and maintaining a professional network with the experts and care providers involved is also part of your duties. The work area is diverse and multifaceted, however, you certainly are expected to:

  • See to the implementation of the plan of action by offering counselling and assistance to the family;
  • Use different treatment and counselling methods geared to the request for assistance, problem situation or imposed measure;
  • Mediate in conflict situations (between youngster, client system and/or parties involved);
  • Compel parents and children concerned, if required, to observe the plan of action, and the advice and instructions provided when it regards mandatory programmes;
  • Provide information, knowledge and advice to parents in the area of development and child rearing;
  • Give trainings aimed at expanding social and practical skills.

The organisation

Care and Youth Caribbean Netherlands (in Dutch: Zorg en Jeugd Caribisch Nederland, hereinafter ZJCN) focuses on the child's safety. If a child's development is at risk, it is the ZJCN’s duty (either by means of compulsion or persuasion) to provide a safe living environment, in order to ensure that the child can develop in a protected environment.
The youth policy in the Caribbean Netherlands distinguishes two authorities: the Public Entities which are primarily responsible for prevention and first-line assistance, and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (in Dutch: Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport, abbreviated as VWS) which is responsible for second-line and third-line youth care which comprises the following: multiple, more complex requests for assistance, foster care and the implementation of family supervision.

Your competencies

  • Cooperation
  • Customer orientation
  • Planning and organising
  • Integrity/dependability
  • Analytical skills
  • Power of persuasion
  • Result orientation

Job requirements

  • You have completed an HBO (higher vocational education) course in Social Work and Services or Social Pedagogical Assistance;
  • You have comprehensive experience with youth care services, preferably as a family guardian or itinerant social worker;
  • You have a proper command of Papiamentu and Dutch, both verbally and in writing;
  • You have knowledge of relevant laws and regulations, working methods and processes;
  • You have knowledge of (legal) protocols and guidelines for the implementation of measures in the context of supervision orders and juvenile probation;
  • You have adequate communication skills to maintain informational contact with (foster) parents/families, schools, external agencies and suchlike.

What we offer

  • An appointment in conformity with the Rechstpositiebesluit Ambtenaren BES (BES Legal Status of Civil Servants Decree);
  • We offer a salary in line with the market, initial salary scale 9 and job salary scale 10 between a minimum of $2,702.00 and a maximum of $4,114.00 per month based on a work week of 36 hours. A pay grade based on knowledge and experience;
  • A holiday pay (8.33% of the remuneration);
  • An end-year bonus (a so-called 13th month; 8.33% of the remuneration, at least equalling $1,750.00 gross);
  • A pension plan administered by Pensioenfonds Caribisch Nederland (PCN);
  • 168 holiday hours based on a work week of 36 hours;
  • A temporary appointment of one year with the prospect of a permanent appointment in case of good performance and a positive appraisal;
  • A relocation scheme for applicants not living in the island.


  • This job vacancy has been published internally and externally at the same time. In the event of equal qualifications, preference will be given to internal candidates;
  • An assessment or case study may be part of the procedure.

Terms of appointment

  • A Certificate of Good Conduct (in Dutch: Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag, abbreviated as VOG);
  • A medical examination for admission to the pension fund;
  • Dutch citizenship.

Important information for interested parties outside the Caribbean Netherlands

  • The salary is paid in American dollars, the official currency in the Caribbean Netherlands;
  • The Caribbean Netherlands has its own tax regulations. Income exceeding the basic allowance (in Dutch: belastingvrije som; $17,352.00 in 2023) will be subject to a rate of 30.4% in loonheffing (payroll taxes);
  • Participation in the pension fund is mandatory, including a personal contribution;
  • You are or will become a resident of the Caribbean Netherlands.

More information?

For more information about the job vacancy, please contact Regiline Sambo, Youth Care Team Leader, telephone +599 715 8899.

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