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Specialist Family Violence Advisor – Child Protection Partnership

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Organisation : Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS)

Location : Melbourne (Box Hill & Ringwood)

Work type : Part-time

Sector : Families, Women, Youth & Young People

Salary type : Hourly

Application closing date : 1 Feb, 2019

About the role

About the Opportunity

The Specialist Family Violence Advisor – Child Protection Partnership, is a senior practitioner with extensive knowledge of family violence. The position aims to provide advice to Child Protection Practitioners and their Managers who undertake investigations of families where a child is or may be in need of protection due to family violence.

Through co-location, the Specialist Family Violence Advisor is able to work collaboratively with Child Protection to strengthen Child Protection practice, enable joint assessments, assist Child Protection practitioners to navigate the family violence system and strengthen opportunities to divert children away from statutory response. 

Essential to your success

  • Comprehensive understanding of family violence and its impact on women and children focusing on the mother-child relationship and holding perpetrators accountable
  • Demonstrated understanding of risk assessment using the CRAF Framework
  • Sound understanding of the role of client advocacy whilst promoting a family violence lens
  • Capacity and desire to support improved engagement by Child Protection with both victims and perpetrators.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Family Violence Protection Act 2008, the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005, Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014, the Health Records Act 2001, and Victoria Police Code of Practice.
  • Willingness and ability to engage directly with perpetrators or with services working with perpetrators of family violence for the purpose of service linkage and referral.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and maintaining relationships with other stakeholders in a multi-disciplinary environment including capacity to problem solve and negotiate with other professionals.
  • Highly developed written and oral communication skills including the ability to use a range of IT/Web-based applications to manage workflow in accordance with organizational guidelines and privacy principles and keep accurate and complete records of your work activities
  • A demonstrated high level of skill in accurately recording data, correspondence and reporting and providing written and oral evidence to the Children’s Court of Victoria, the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria and other relevant courts and tribunals.

Personal qualities

  • Good interpersonal and networking skills and capacity to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Capacity to adapt to the evolving nature of the role and to identify and influence systemic change.
  • Ability to lead professional development activities with Child Protection and the home family violence agency.
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative.


  • A tertiary qualification in Social Work, Psychology, Welfare or a related discipline
  • A valid driver’s license is mandatory for this position.

What We Offer

  • Flexible working hours including the option of a monthly accrued day off (ADO) for full time staff
  • Generous salary packaging benefits resulting in tax savings
  • Excellent Professional Development opportunities including external training and workshops as well as EDVOS all staff training
  • Health and wellbeing programs for all staff including weekly yoga classes, running group, walk at work, bi-monthly staff shared lunch and birthday calendar
  • Regular supervision and management support including access to EAP
  • Internal committees (e.g. Innovation & Development and Quality and Safety) working groups to support staff’s interest and expertise (e.g. Diversity, Consumer Engagement, OHS, Children and Youth)
  • A rewarding opportunity to be part of an organisation that is committed to improving quality of life for women and children experiencing family violence

Salary for this position will be aligned with SCHADS Level 6.1 + 9.5% super.


About the organisation

Organisation Name : Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS)

Eastern Domestic Violence Services (EDVOS) is a not-for-profit specialist family violence service in Melbourne’s Eastern Metropolitan Region (EMR). We provide an integrated range of support and services to empower women and children who are responding to family violence. We operate within a human rights framework and our focus is on supporting the safety of women and children and the accountability of perpetrators.  

How to apply for this role

Applications not allowed for this job listing.

Please quote in application: Specialist Family Violence Advisor – Child Protection Partnership via Pro Bono Australia.


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