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Intensive Family Preservation Service Social Worker - Alice Springs

Tangentyere Council

The Intensive Family Preservation Service (IFPS) receives referrals both from Territory Families (TF) and from the wider community and provides intensive support to families with children aged 0-18 residing in the Alice Springs region across the broad social work spectrum.

Working as part of a team, the IFPS Social Worker will provide focused and purposeful intensive support to families on their caseload, working alongside them from a strengths based perspective to address a range of barriers to change, including addressing safety concerns and risk factors where necessary. The IFPS Social Worker will collaborate with the family and other stakeholders to develop and implement a case plan aimed at addressing barriers to change and draw on strong case management skills to work alongside the family to build their capacity to care for and protect their children through the provision of significant outreach support and advocacy.

The Tangentyere Council Child Family and Kin Division IFPS team has a very strong commitment to cultural safety in its practice. This position reports to the IFPS Coordinator and is supported with professional supervision.


  1. Be available to family immediately at time of referral allocation in order to build rapport and address immediate safety concerns. Develop positive, meaningful and culturally appropriate working relationships with all families on caseload.
  2. Develop case plan in line with goals identified by family members and external stakeholders as appropriate. Work alongside family to meet goals as outlined in the plan and ensure timely reviews are undertaken.
  3. Provide tailored intensive, focused and purposeful case work support including advocacy to families on case load. Work flexibly and responsively, increasing levels of support at times of crisis, and anticipate when such times are likely to occur.
  4. Co-ordinate a range of appropriate interagency support services as identified in the case plan to ensure support is delivered in an effective and timely manner.
  5. Drawing on existing strengths, build parent/carer capacity in skills, knowledge and understanding around care provision. Identify and challenge barriers that may be inhibiting parents from achieving their goals.
  6. Develop and maintain relationships with extended family members to ensure early identification of possible alternative placements for children as necessary.
  7. Work toward sustainable and self-directed change with families. Undertake comprehensive transition planning to assist the family to maintain positive change with less intensive support.
  8. Provide social work practice based support to other workers on the IFPS team as requested or required.

A full Position Description is attached below.

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