About the role
We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Family Services Practitioner to join us based in the Windsor office with outreach to Frankston. The position is full time, maximum term until 30 June 2020, with regular opportunities for extension or transfer across Uniting.
The Family Services program:
- Aims to support families who are experiencing high levels of stress and difficulties that impact on parenting, family life and children’s well being
- Respond to referrals from Child Protection
- Respond to community referrals in a brief entry capacity
- Provides home based supports through assertive outreach
In a typical day, a Family Services Practitioner might:
- Use a creative approach to arrange a visit with a reluctant new family
- Build rapport to carry out a strengths and risk assessment in the client’s home or child’s school
- Review with your supervisor plans to support a family’s goals
- Work with Families using the new 200 hour model
- Consult with an internal Family Violence specialist on resources for the needs of a child you are working with
- Finalise case notes and prepare a report for other agencies that you are working with on a complex case
- Celebrate with a client the achievement of a goal
- Discuss a difficult case with your team members in a Reflective Practice meeting
To be successful in your application you will meet the person specification in the position description, including having a relevant tertiary qualification in a field related to Social Work or Psychology.
Please address the following Key Selection criteria in a separate document to be uploaded as part of your application:
- Summarise your knowledge and use of the Child Youth & Family Act 2005 and Best Interest Principles
- Summarise your knowledge and applied use of theoretical approaches and frameworks relevant to working with children and families
- Describe a challenging time you had in actively engaging with a family
- Describe a risk assessment you have undertaken
- Provide an example of how you have planned and implemented an intervention related to the development of parenting capacity and/or family functioning
About the organisation
At Uniting we are passionate about working together to inspire people, enliven communities and confront injustice.
We are proud to have been part of local communities for over 100 years delivering services across Victoria and Tasmania. With a team of 7,000 skilled and committed individuals we provide over 770 programs and services to people of all ages to learn, thrive and enjoy a healthy, happy life. We’re there for children, families, people with disability, older people and those experiencing homelessness, mental illness or drug and alcohol addiction.
Uniting is looking for great people who, like us, celebrate diversity and welcome everyone regardless of ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.
Uniting offers employees:
- A comprehensive range of professional development opportunities
- Reflective practice and supportive supervision
- Career options through a wide range of programs and locations
- Family friendly workplace practices
- More take home pay through charity level salary packaging up to $15,900 per annum via Paywise salary packaging
How to apply for this role
If this sounds like you, find out more about this role or apply today.
- To begin your application Apply Here
- You will be asked to upload your resume and a covering letter with your responses to the questions above. We recommend that you provide examples that show the range, scale and complexity of your experiences.
Applications close Monday 23 September 2019
Get in touch
- Kelly McGrath – Team Leader – 03 9521 5666
- Bask Cassar – Program Leader – 03 8792 8999
Uniting is a child safe organisation and is committed in everyday practice to ensure the safety and well being of all children, at all times. As a ‘child safe’ organisation, employment with Uniting is subject to a satisfactory national (and international where relevant) police check and Working With Children Check (in Victoria) and/or Working With Vulnerable People Check (in Tasmania) prior to commencement of any paid or unpaid work and/or participation in any service or undertaking. Uniting is also committed to equal opportunity and ensuring the workplace is reflective of the community. We encourage people from different backgrounds to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability.
Please quote in application: Senior Family Services Practitioner via Pro Bono Australia.