About the Role
Caring Dads is an early intervention program developed in Canada by the University of Toronto and Changing Ways, for fathers who have physically abused, emotionally abused or neglected their children, or exposed their children to domestic violence or who are deemed to be at high-risk for these behaviours. Anglicare Victoria Western Region are in partnership with IPC Health to trial this program in partnership with the Children’s Protection Society.
The program consists of a 17-week, empirically-based, manualized group parenting intervention for fathers, systematic outreach to mothers to ensure safety and freedom from coercion, and ongoing, collaborative case management of fathers with existing service providers and other professionals involved with men’s families. Caring Dads combines elements of parenting, fathering, family violence and child protection practice to enhance the safety and well-being of children.
Program principles emphasize the need to enhance men’s motivation, promote child-centred fathering, address men’s ability to engage in respectful, non-abusive co-parenting with children’s mothers, recognize that children’s experience of trauma will impact the rate of possible change, and work collaboratively with other service providers to ensure that children benefit (and are not unintentionally harmed) because of father’s participation in the intervention.
The Caring Dads Clinical Practitioner will be responsible for joint facilitation of the Caring Dads program, undertaking individual assessments of men undertaking the program and collaboration with services involved with the client to manage the risks associated with the participants.
To Be Successful You will need:
- A recognised degree or post graduate qualification in Social Work, Psychology, Community Services, Counselling, Casework Practice or a related field is desirable.
- Registration with a professional body is also desirable.
- Experience facilitating group work.
- Demonstrated understanding and skill in applying the relevant case practice models in undertaking assessments, decision-making, planning and interventions to respond to the client’s needs.
- Experience in leading critical reflection, applying theoretical frame works and referring to research and literature to inform case practice and decision-making at a superior level.
- Experience working within a research and evaluation pilot context.
- Experience in the establishment of a new program and development of program policies and procedures.
- Broad knowledge of both specialist and mainstream services and ability to navigate the service system at both a local and state-wide level.
- Experience and understanding of the Family Violence system and theoretical frameworks.
- Advanced understanding of Child Protection system and extensive experience in undertaking risk assessments and working with high risk statutory clients.
- Experience with and demonstrated understanding of working with complex family dynamics and varying family therapy models.
Desirable skills, knowledge, and experience
- An understanding of the social context of child abuse and neglect;
- Understanding and appreciation of the community’s cultural diversity.
- Computer Skills in Microsoft Office packages.
Please Note: It is mandatory for the successful applicant to hold a current Working with Children Check and be prepared to undergo a National Criminal History Check prior to commencement.
About the Organisation
At Anglicare Victoria our focus is on transforming the futures of children and young people, families and adults. Our work is based on three guiding pillars, Prevent, Protect, Empower. We offer a comprehensive network of services and seek to ensure the provision of high quality services that will bring about significant improvements in the life experience of the young people, children and families/caregivers with whom we work.
Apply for this Job
For details concerning this role, please contact
Phone : 0439655018
To apply for this position you will need to complete the online application. You will be requested to attach your resume and your responses to the Key Selection Criteria as separate documents.
We encourage and welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
Please quote in application: Caring Dads Clinical Practitioner via Pro Bono Australia.