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Specialist Family Violence Practitioner - Child Protection Partnership - Preston & Eaglemont

Berry Street Victoria
  • Preston and Eaglemont location, Wurundjeri Country
  • Part time 3 days a week (0.6EFT), permanent position
  • Salary package full time equivalent to $110k pa (inclusive of base salary $92k, super and salary packaging)

For over 140 years, Berry Street has adapted to a changing world, and we will continue to adapt to achieve our purpose. We believe children, young people and families should be safe, thriving and hopeful. Our Vision for 2022: Together we will courageously change lives and reimagine service systems. We look forward to working with children, young people, families, carers, staff and partners to achieve this vision. Together.

The Opportunity

Berry Street provides the Specialist Family Violence (SFV) team in the Northern Melbourne region for the Family Violence Child Protection Partnership (FVCPP) that was developed out of recommendation 26 of the Royal Commission into Family Violence and implemented in 2016.

The FVCPP partnership represents the collaboration between Child Protection (CP) and the SFV services in each of the 17 DFFH areas. The Partnership involves Specialist Family Violence Practitioners from a SFV service co-located in the CP Office in that region to strengthen collaborative work and to build the capacity of the CP workforce.

Key Responsibilities

The FVCPP Partnership aims to build CP workforce capacity, collaborate, network and build referral pathways with community-based services and to facilitate systemic changes that support victim survivors of family violence and make perpetrators accountable.

The aim of the Specialist Family Violence Child Protection Partnership is to:

  • Strengthen and capacity build Child Protections Family Violence practice through secondary consultations in intake, investigations, case management and other phases within child protection.
  • Support the implementation of the Family Violence reforms and MARAM across child protection with the aim of improving the safety and well-being of the victim/survivors and their children who are experiencing family violence, and holding perpetrators in view and accountable.
  • Support and promote improved understanding of the perpetrator’s pattern of coercive control and its impact on children and the ability of the protective parent to safely parent;
  • Assist Child Protection to navigate the family violence system and strengthen opportunities to divert children away from statutory responses.

About You

A minimum Bachelor level qualification in Social Work or recent employment in the family violence sector or equivalency met through the 7 Equivalency Principles in line with the minimum mandatory qualification requirements. Please see here for further information.

You will have advanced practice experience working with multiple and complex needs associated with inter-sectional issues in current practice with family violence referrals, as well as demonstrated experience in managing multiple stakeholder needs.

The Benefits

  • Part time, permanent position.
  • Work within a team where you are truly valued.
  • Trauma-informed leadership.
  • A commitment to ongoing learning opportunities.
  • Fortnightly supervision and monthly Reflective Practice.
  • Additional salary packaging available for meals/accommodation.
  • Flexible work arrangements and generous leave conditions including Study Leave; Paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave; and Parental Leave for eligible staff members.
  • Access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), including access for staff members’ immediate family.

How to Apply

Applications including resume and cover letter addressing the key selection criteria for the position to be submitted by clicking Apply Now.

A position description is attached.

Queries to Tara Kornhauser, Practice Development Leader on 9450 4700.

Please Note; the successful applicant will be subject to comprehensive reference and background checking prior to employment, including a Working with Children Check and National Police Check.

Berry Street is committed to being a child safe, child friendly and child empowering organisation. In everything we do we seek to protect children. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children; children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds; children with a disability; children who identify with a sexual and or gender minority identity. We aim to ensure every individual is treated with dignity and respect regardless of their cultural background, ability, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, spirituality or religion.

Aboriginal people; people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability are encouraged to apply.

Berry Street is categorised as an Authorised Provider and this position is considered authorised work and subject to mandatory Covid-19 vaccination requirements. You will be asked about your vaccination or exemption status and any accompanying evidence should your application proceed.

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