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Manager Intake and Foster Care Services


Employer: Settlement Services International
Work Type/s: Full Time
Classification/s: Social Work, Family Services, Multiculturalism & Diversity, Management
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Sydney

Job posted on: 16 August, 2019.
Applications close: 16 September, 2019.

  • Permanent role based in Bankstown
  • Manage intake, referrals and placement of children in need of foster care
  • Lead of team of 4 caseworkers

About us

Settlement Services International (SSI) is a leading community-based not-for-profit organisation providing a range of services in the areas of refugee settlement, asylum seeker assistance, housing, multicultural foster care, disability support and employment services in NSW. Our vision is to achieve a society that values the diversity of its people and actively provides support to ensure meaningful social and economic participation and to assist individuals and families reach their potential.

About Multicultural Child and Family Program (MCFP)

The Multicultural Child and Family Program provides a range of services to assist children and young people who have been found to need care and protection to meet their permanent care plan needs - safety, stability and wellbeing through a culturally aware and responsive lens.

The MCFP Program uses a client centred, strengths-based, trauma informed framework to guide its service delivery and facilitate sustainable and practical outcomes for children, young people, families and carers; working in partnership with member agencies and local ethnic and sector partners. Its cultural lens aims to link children and young people with a bilingual worker and/or carer and/or community based matched bilingual support worker.

The MCFP Program has contractual responsibilities with FACS and regulatory responsibilities with the Office of the Children's Guardian (OCG).

Your contribution

Leading a team of up to 5 caseworkers in the foster care services division, you will primarily be responsible for the intake and referrals processes for the placement of children within the agency with SSI carers and coordinate foster care enquiries, application and assessment processes. You will develop and implement the training and development and support strategies for Multicultural Foster Carers as per policies and procedures. Also coordinate carer reviews and develop carer development plans for prioritised cases and provide additional support the foster carers for new carers when required.

About you

  • Experience with Intakes and referrals preferably in out of home care/foster care
  • Manage the SSI response to general Child and Family enquiries and enquiries from people interested in becoming a foster carer.
  • Manage the response to FACS & other agencies placements through Child Story and Foster Care inbox placement matching.
  • Coordinate and/or conduct relative carer and other general carer assessments and reports
  • Contribute to recruitment and marketing strategies, including identifying cases for specific foster carer recruitment.
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of an Annual Training and Development Plan and support strategies for Foster Carers including CALD carers.
  • Comply (with SSI and) with OOHC Policies and procedures.
  • Ensure all data systems for Intake, foster care inquiries, placements, carer assessments and carer reviews and kept up to date and well maintained. Prepare monthly data reports for the Managers meetings and other requests as required.
  • Bachelor's degree in Social Work, Psychology, Community Welfare, Childhood Education or a related discipline.
  • Undertake Working With Children Check and police check.

Please respond to the "About You" section in your cover letter.

What we offer

We offer the opportunity to engage in meaningful work that makes a real difference to the lives of our clients, their families, carers, and communities.
We have a fantastic benefits package that promotes work/life balance; something we are very passionate about! This includes a fortnightly Accrued Day Off (ADO) for full time staff, flexible working arrangements and generous salary packaging options so you can increase your take home pay!

SSI is passionate about social justice and diversity and is committed to being an EEO employer. We embrace diversity in our workforce and encourage applications from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including those from Aboriginal, Torres Strait Island heritage and people with lived experience of disability.

We strongly believe in protecting the safety and wellbeing of children and vulnerable communities and take child protection very seriously. All employees will undergo a National Police Clearance and a Working with Children Check as a condition of employment.

SSI will provide reasonable adjustments in our recruitment processes and in the workplace. If you require a reasonable adjustment please email talent@ssi.org.au.

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