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Women and Children's Advocate - Men's Behaviour Change Program (Engage2Change) - Kempsey

Kempsey Families Inc

Position Context:

Kempsey Families Inc. (KF Inc.) is a not-for-profit organisation providing a range of specialist services for women, children, young people, families /caregivers, and men. Information can be accessed via the KF Inc. website: www.kempseyfamilies.org.au.

KF Inc. is the lead organisation for ‘Engage2Change’ (E2C), the ‘Mid North Coast Men’s Behaviour Change Program’ (MNC MBCP). This program in partnership with ‘Warrina Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Services’, and ‘Liberty Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Service’, and are known as the ‘Mid North Coast Constortium’ (MNCC).

About the Position:

MBC programs are available for men who have used violence in an intimate relationship, both past or current. MBC programs offer support to men who have used abusive and controlling behaviours towards their partners, or family members and are seeking to change their behaviour, building healthy and respectful relationships.

While details of these programs vary from one organisation to the next, there are common components and ‘Practice Standards’ for ‘Domestic Violence Behaviour Change’, to which all programs must meet.

The MBC program is currently delivered in Kempsey, Nambucca Valley, Coffs Harbour, and Port Macquarie, and is known as ‘Engage2Change’.

The ‘Women and Children’s Advocate’ (WCA) will work closely within the E2C team, offering support to women and children, whose partner or ex-partner is engaged with E2C across the Macleay and Nambucca Valleys.

Kempsey Families Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and ATSI , CALD and Diverse applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Salary and Conditions in accordance with the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010. (SCHADS)
  • Grade will be based on skills, qualifications and experience.
  • Under the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012, it is a requirement prior to employment to hold a valid Working With Children Check.
  • A current Police Check is required.
  • A written application is required and MUST address ALL of the essential and desirable criteria.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Engage with, validate, and provide support to partners or ex-partners (and their children), of the men who seek to engage in the MBC E2C group sessions.
  • Provide women with information regarding risks, and the limitations of the MBC E2C program.
  • Conduct ongoing risk assessments, and risk management with women being supported by the program.
  • Assist women in the development of a ‘Safety Action Plan’ as required.
  • Be guided by and comply with the ‘NSW MBC Practice Standards’, and to ensure they are achieved in relation to the support provided for women, and their children.
  • Regularly communicate as part of the ‘Engage2Change’ team, on matters including quality assurance, and program outcomes.
  • Promote continuous improvement through development, and adoption of MBC best practice.
  • Represent KF Inc.,and MNCC at relevant forums, and conferences as required.

Essential Criteria:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification, and/or three years minimum experience, with significant working experience in the domestic and family violence (DFV) sector.
  • A demonstrated understanding of the effects of violence and trauma, on women and their children, and experience in responding within a trauma informed framework.
  • Strong skills, and a proven track record, with the ability to develop effective working relationships with women and children, government and non-government agencies, external stakeholders, and Kempsey Families staff.
  • Significant experience as a domestic and family violence practitioner.
  • A pro-feminist approach to understanding and working with domestic and family violence, and a demonstrated understanding of the social and gendered context of domestic and family violence, and the impacts on women and children.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to negotiate, and collaborate with a range of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated time management, risk and safety assessments skills, and mitigation strategies.
  • Ability to demonstrate culturally sensitive practice, in relation to domestic and family violence.
  • Demonstrated ability to flexibly manage competing priorities, and during stressful situations, the ability to monitor own stress levels, with practising and promoting self-care strategies.
  • Ability to manage casework, including clear assigned responsibility for set tasks, and decisions, with demonstration of setting clear objectives and measures, monitoring processes, progress and results.
  • Highly developed administrative, and organisational skills, with a willingness to maintain a comprehensive knowledge of studies, trends, and training in the DFV sector.
  • Demonstrated experience, and application of intermediate computer skills, including Excel, Microsoft, Onedrive, and data gathering and evaluation.
  • Current ‘Working with Children Check’, and current ‘Criminal Record Check’.

Desirable criteria:

  • Current NSW drivers licence.
  • An understanding of the theory and practice, as it relates to working with men who use violence against women and children.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the mid north coast community service sector.
  • First Aid certificate.
  • Knowledge of the ‘Practice Standards’ for domestic violence, MBC programs NSW.

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