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Intensive Family Support Practitioner - Bendigo

Anglicare Victoria
  • Part time [0.8FTE] Fixed Term - 6 months to end December 2022
  • Located in our Bendigo Office
  • Professional development opportunities offered

ABOUT US:

At Anglicare Victoria our focus is on transforming the futures of children and young people, families and adults. Our work is based on three guiding pillars, Prevent, Protect, Empower. We offer a comprehensive network of services and seek to ensure the provision of high quality services that will bring about significant improvements in the life experience of the young people, children and families/caregivers with whom we work.

THE POSITION: 

Family Support Services in the North Central Region is funded to deliver services to families who have dependent children between the ages of 0-18 across six local government areas; City Of Greater Bendigo, Macedon Ranges, Mt Alexander Shire, Central Goldfields, Loddon Shire and Campaspe. The Intensive Family Support practitioner will be part an integrated multi-disciplinary team, made up of a range of programs, such as:

  • Integrated Family Services;
  • Intensive Family Support;
  • Complex Disability Support Needs Program;
  • Access to Early Learning Program;
  • Family Services Specialist Disability Practitioner;
  • Parenting Assessment & Skills Development.

Teams deliver a range of short, medium and high intensity outreach services, capable of delivering flexible supports that respond to a families need. The approach to the working with families is, solution focused, strength-based support with a focus on:

  • Building relationships with children, young people and their families;
  • Assertive connection and outreach to children, young people, their families and key supports;
  • Conducting ongoing family assessments;
  • Provide outreach, child focus family inclusive support in the family home;
  • Assist families to clarify and develop goals to address the issues that are of concern, and provide opportunity for the family to regularly review progress, with a focus on the child’s safety, stability and development to ensure that the child’s voice is heard and informs key goals and plans;
  • Provide holistic case management support to all families;
  • Consult and work in partnership with a range of stakeholders as appropriate to deliver interventions that support children and families to meet their goals.

TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THIS POSITION YOU WILL NEED:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification in Social Work, Psychology, Early Childhood Specialist and/or related behavioural sciences at degree level with substantial experience, or associate diploma level with substantial experience in the relevant service stream, or less formal qualifications with specialised skills sufficient to perform at this level;
  • Resilience to work with and support clients who have been exposed to trauma;
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct comprehensive safety and wellbeing assessments and work within the Best Interest Principles as outlined within the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005;
  • Sound understanding of the Child Protection and welfare system, and experience in collaboration with a range of professionals in a care team approach;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, written and verbal communication, time management and organisational skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to use a range of active engagement strategies with vulnerable and at risk children, young people and their families, and be flexible and creative in meeting their needs;
  • Experience in conducting risk and needs assessments;
  • Ability to advocate, negotiate and problem solve;
  • Understanding of the community’s cultural diversity and ability to practice with cultural competence and safety;
  • Ability to partake in reflective practice and to be self-directed.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply for this position please click Apply Now and complete the online application. You will be requested to attach your resume and your responses to the Key Selection Criteria as separate documents.

Position Description: Download File Practitioner (Intensive Family Services) Bendigo Fixed Term 6 months Dec 22 (1).pdf

Please Note: It is mandatory for the successful applicant to hold a current Working with Children Check and be prepared to undergo a National Criminal History Check prior to commencement.  AV employees are required to either be fully vaccinated against Covid 19 or have a medical exemption. AV will require evidence that you are compliant with these requirements.

For further enquiries contact Mel Sass on 54401 100 or melissa.sass@anglicarevic.org.au using the subject line: Intensive Family Support Practitioner - Bendigo enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Anglicare Victoria acknowledges Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we operate. We commit to working respectfully to honour their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this country.

Diversity and inclusivity are important to Anglicare Victoria and we are committed to ensuring our workplace and services reflect this.  Everyone is welcome at Anglicare Victoria, regardless of age, ethnicity, cultural background, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation and physical ability.

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