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Advanced Practitioner/Convenor – RESTORE

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Organisation : Jesuit Social Services

Location : Melbourne

Work type : Full-time

Sector : Children, Community Development, Families, Youth & Young People

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : $79,060

Application closing date : 17 Feb, 2020

About the role

About the program

RESTORE commenced as a pilot project in mid-2018 to address adolescent family violence in the home. The RESTORE program is a new initiative in the Family Division of the Melbourne Children’s Court.

It offers a restorative practice approach for civil cases involving young people using violence in the home to assist them and their affected family members to address and prevent the harm caused by violence and support ongoing relationship management.

Family group conferencing offers a structured process which brings together a family network and their support persons who can assist to identify broader underlying conflicts and issues in order to provide therapeutic outcomes.

The RESTORE program responds to the needs of both the young person and their family by assisting them in addressing violence by putting in place practical and tailored strategies.

The pilot is being run in partnership with The Men’s Project at Jesuit Social Services and is being evaluated by The University of Melbourne.

About the role

RESTORE is designed to meet the expressed needs of the young person and family members affected by family violence. It also provides an opportunity for all parties affected to participate in a restorative process, work with the young person so they accept responsibility for their violent behaviour and put practical strategies in place to keep affected family members safe from further harm.

Interventions will be flexible and tailored to the particular circumstances of each family.

RESTORE will apply first principles of restorative practice to guide the program’s implementation and provide process/es that are appropriate depending on the needs and readiness of the victim/s and the person causing harm, and the overall justice outcomes being sought.

The pilot will provide a Family Group Conference process to:

  • support adolescent perpetrators of family violence in the home understand the impact of their violence;
  • increase the safety of affected family members;
  • deal with the harm that has been caused to those affected; and
  • put strategies in place to mitigate the risk of further violent behaviours and/or the escalation of violence in the family home.

This is a full time role based in the Brunswick.

Candidate requirements

he successful candidate will need to demonstrate:

  • Experience or training in a group conferencing/restorative justice process
  • Experience working with young people and families experiencing disadvantage and violence
  • Demonstrated understanding of the complex nature of adolescent family and trauma
  • Sound knowledge of the criminal justice system

A base salary of $79,060 per annum, plus superannuation and salary packaging, together with ongoing professional and career development.

What Jesuit Social Services can offer you:

  • A comprehensive Induction and Orientation program
  • Ongoing role related training and development
  • An organisation that lives their values, through our day to day work
  • A welcoming and supportive environment
  • Employee assistance program
  • A competitive salary plus salary packaging benefits
  • Generous leave

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Jesuit Social Services

Jesuit Social Services is a social change organisation working to build a just society where all people can live to their full potential.

Since 1977, we’ve provided services in some of the most disadvantaged in our community.

We place a high priority on advocacy and are a leader in policy development and research.

How to apply for this role

Applications not allowed for this job listing.


Please quote in application: Advanced Practitioner/Convenor – RESTORE via Pro Bono Australia.


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