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Aboriginal Family Preservation & Reunification Response Practitioner - Bendigo

Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-op
  • Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Industry Award 2010
  • Full Time, Pilot Program Fixed Term (12 months)
  • $31.02 per hour plus 9.5% Superannuation
  • Access to Salary Packaging

The Victorian Family Preservation and Reunification Response (the Response), has been funded as a pilot by the Department of Health and Human Services. It was co-designed with representatives from the child and family services sector to be implemented in 2020-21 by Victorian registered children and family service providers.

This Response includes an initial intensive intervention phase, delivered through a mobile and integrated approach, followed by a sustained service support phase, aimed at preventing at-risk children entering or re-entering care. The Response will link to, align with, and build on (and not duplicate) existing child and family services within the broader service system, providing an enhanced continuum of care across the state. It will be evaluated and continuously developed to enhance the Family Preservation and Reunification (AFPR) evidence-base for Victorian child and family services (including Child Protection).

The model is an integrated and evidence-based/evidence-informed approach to supporting and problem solving with families and preventing children and young people’s re/entry to out of home care. The team will work as a cohesive whole and report directly to the AFPR Practice Team Leader.

Key Selection Criteria

  • Significant work experience in a relevant field which supports an understanding of key child development issues relating to young parents and their families who have complex needs.
  • Understanding of and demonstrated experience working with issues such as attachment, trauma, and intergenerational disadvantage
  • Demonstrated professional case management skills
  • Preferred sound knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal history, values, the stolen generation, practices, and culture
  • Direct use of pragmatic (i.e., structural, strategic, and functional) family therapies and/or behavioural therapy targeting behavioural change in children at home and school.
  • Systems, behavioural and social ecological theories, and application
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to meet deadlines, targets, and key deliverables of the program.
  • An ability to work flexible hours when required including some evenings and weekends.

For more information about the position, please refer to the position description attached or contact the Human Resource Team on 03 5442 4947.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

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