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Intensive Family Support Practitioner - Ipswich

Mission Australia
  • Permanent role based in Ipswich
  • Complete critical assessments including risk and safety
  • Engage with families to support and improve their well being

About Us

Mission Australia is a non-denominational Christian charity that has been helping vulnerable Australians move towards independence for more than 160 years.

Every day we support people nationwide by combatting homelessness, assisting disadvantaged families and children, addressing mental health issues, fighting substance dependencies and much more. We are generously supported by our funders, partners and tens of thousands of everyday Australians, who make the work of our tireless volunteers and staff possible.

Mission Australia is committed to keeping children and young people safe with zero tolerance of harm or abuse, and expect all our employees and volunteers to reflect this commitment. 

Your Opportunity

The Intensive Family Support service is an early intervention and prevention intensive family support service for families with children aged 0-18 who are at risk of entry into Child Safety Services under the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women. Its primary purpose is to improve the safety and well-being of vulnerable children. Mission Australia provides this service in three Queensland locations - Inala/Goodna, Pine Rivers/Deception Bay and Ipswich.

Our Ipswich team currently have a full time, Intensive Family Support Practitioner contract opportunity. Your passion to make a difference along with your superior experience in supporting families with high and complex needs will make you a welcome addition to this friendly and collaborative team.  The role will promote sustainable change in family circumstances and functioning, resulting in a reduction in contact with the statutory child protection system.

Duties will include:

  • Engaging with families and collaborating with them to develop effective plans for long-term positive outcomes
  • Undertaking case management including reviews, reporting and administration functions
  • Providing therapeutic intervention to support case plans
  • Assisting clients to transition out of the service

Requirements for Success

With an already established career in the child, youth and family sector you will be passionate about supporting families to strengthen the care of protection of their children.  The skills and capabilities you bring include:

  • A background in child protection, youth work or out of home care with demonstrable knowledge of Early Intervention principles
  • Exceptional crisis management skills including the ability to quickly and effectively assess risk and safety
  • Ability to engage, establish rapport and work respectfully families from different backgrounds, with different needs
  • Provision of intervention strategies – planning, implementation and facilitation
  • Case management from a strengths-based, trauma-informed and family-focused framework
  • Strong administration skills – reporting, case notes and general documentation
  • Exceptional communication, negotiation and influencing ability – able to relate to children, parents and other service providers
  • Dedication to work within professional boundaries, integrity and ethical standards
  • Great time management, prioritisation and ability to work within time frames while balancing your case load

You will need to hold a degree in Social Work, Social Sciences, Psychology or a similar field; have a valid First Aid Certificate and hold a current Blue Card and Queensland Drivers Licence.

Before starting work with us, you will need to undertake a national police history check, qualifications and referee checks, and have a clearance to work with children/vulnerable people. 

Culture & Benefits  

A career with Mission Australia will offer you rewarding experiences to make a difference to the lives of Australians in need. We have an innovative and supportive culture guided by our values of compassion, integrity, respect, perseverance and celebration.

To ensure our employees feel valued, empowered and celebrated we provide a range of employee benefits including:

  • NFP salary packaging benefits reducing taxable income (details via AccessPay)  
  • Generous discounts with hotels, travel insurance and major retailers
  • Free, confidential counselling services via our EAP
  • Discounted health care with Medibank Private

Diversity & Inclusion

Mission Australia is an inclusive employer. We celebrate our diversity and strive to reflect contemporary Australian society and all the communities in which we work, in order to better serve our clients. We welcome and encourage applications from Women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people, People with Disability, Sexually and Gender Diverse people, people with lived experience of adversity and from people of all ages.

As such, if you require any adjustments to submit your application, we invite you to get in touch via email talentattraction@missionaustralia.com.au, using the subject line: Intensive Family Support Practitioner - Ipswich enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Next Steps

To be considered for this opportunity, please click ‘Apply Now’ and send your cover letter and resume today. As a committed Circle Back Initiative employer, we will respond to your application.

For more information, feel free to view the Position Description. For further information about working with us visit Working for Mission Australia.

Applications are shortlisted as they are received. Please apply as soon as possible to be considered. Thank you.

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