About the Role
- Preston location
- Full time/Fixed Term
As a Senior Case worker you will form part of a multidisciplinary team of qualified and experienced staff from a range of professional backgrounds.
You will be a key point of contact for the family, care team and related service network for each allocated case. In addition, you will play a lead role in the initial engagement, assessment and planning processes for each family.
Additionally you will be required to provide a holistic, culturally safe, trauma-informed and strengths-based casework support for Aboriginal families, case planning, service coordination and direct services
To be considered for this role you must demonstrate:
- Awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal communities and culture and an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal people in contemporary Australia
- An ability to work in a culturally respectful and competent manner with young people, their families and communities to ensure that cultural connections are fostered and maintained.
- A sound understanding of Aboriginal culture, values, protocols, inter-generational factors and complex kinship systems, as well as the issues facing vulnerable Aboriginal people today.
- A clear understanding of child and adolescent development, trauma, attachment, child abuse and neglect, with good knowledge of the services and interventions that: promote child health, safety and wellbeing; strengthen parenting capacity; improve family functioning and address underlying risk factors for vulnerable families.
- A proven ability to work successfully with Aboriginal children, young people and their families with a range of complex and diverse needs.
- A sound understanding of the principles of casework practice, with a demonstrated capacity to: – actively engage with families that may be unwilling to receive services; build confidence, motivate and sustain change and influence positive outcomes; undertake quality assessments and coordinate planning processes; and undertake quality case recording, data reporting and file management.
- A high level interpersonal and communication skills, including a demonstrated ability to: provide information and feedback to Aboriginal children and families in ways that are constructive, respectful of Aboriginal styles of learning and sensitive to the needs of individuals with learning difficulties; and effectively advocate on behalf of families.
- A demonstrated commitment to establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with families, colleagues, government departments, sector partners and the Aboriginal Community.
About the Organisation
Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) operates within the context that Aboriginal children continue to be significantly over-represented in the protection and care system within Victoria. VACCA considers that it has the responsibility and the opportunity to promote, advocate for and achieve positive changes in the lives of Aboriginal children, their families and the broader Aboriginal community.
If you like to be part of an Organization that strives in strengthening the safety and wellbeing and cultural connectedness of Aboriginal children, individuals and families in their community, we want to hear from you
Apply for this Job
Application deadline is Sunday 21th October 2018
- For more information regarding your exciting future with VACCA, please contact Ankita Das Gupta, Recruitment Advisor on 9287 8838
- For a copy of the position description and to apply for this position, click here www.vacca.recruitmenthub.com.au
Applications must include:
- A cover letter outlining why you are applying for this position
- A resume with your skills, experience and qualifications
- Written responses to the key selection criteria
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply
Please quote in application: Senior Caseworker Aboriginal Cradle to Kinder Program via Pro Bono Australia.