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Kinship First Supports Assessment Worker


OzChild have an interesting opportunity that has arisen in their Kinship team as a Kinship First Supports Assessment Worker

First Supports was launched as part of the new kinship care model. First Supports aims to support newly established kinship care placements through the provision of early comprehensive assessments, brokerage and access to increased supports.

Kinship Care is the preferred home based care program for children and young people. It allows the child to stay connected to family or the extended family network. This role, where you will assess the very environment in which a child will be cared for is integral to the timely and comprehensive delivery of that service to children

As the First Support Assessment Worker your role is to provide timely comprehensive assessment and identify needs, high level skills are required to engage and complete assessments so someone with experience in the sector having worked with carers or in child protection is desirable.

What you will do:

  • Comprehensive assessments at the time kinship placements are first made, assisting Child protection to determine the suitability of the placement, and linking carers and children with a level of support specific to their need.
  • Provide financial support to carers through the early provision of flexible brokerage to address immediate material and financial needs.
  • Engage with a variety of carers of all ages build rapport and gain trust
  • Analyse information; needs, risks, living conditions, significant disadvantage
  • Build the capacity of the kinship carers to better understand and respond to the needs of the children and young people in their care, promoting their safety, stability and development through the provision of targeted family services support.

Who we are looking for:

A degree-level qualification in a discipline such as social work or psychology, a diploma will also be considered if backed by experience

Knowledge and experience working within the out of home care sector would be highly regarded

Demonstrated high levels of engagement with at-risk families

Good communication skills and the ability to build relationships and rapport with families and young people

Risk assessment and safety planning

Current driving license

OzChild offers:

  • Permanent Part Time role
  • Flexible working hours
  • Hybrid working
  • Evidence informed training and professional development through your employment
  • The opportunity to work directly with families
  • Salary packaging up to $15,900
  • A Surface Pro and phone (tools of the trade)
  • A unique culture promoting diversity, cultural competence and shared values
  • A collaborative and cohesive working culture
  • You will receive four ex-gratia days at Christmas and Easter

How to Apply

You can apply for this position today by clicking APPLY NOW below.

For further information in regards to this position please see attached Position Description for your perusal. You will need to submit a resume with a cover letter that outlines your skills & experiences and address the selection criteria .

We are looking to fill this role immediately. Do not hesitate to apply, you could be starting a new role in a week’s time.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo a police check and provide a WWCC for VIC.

OzChild is committed to the employment of Aboriginal people and providing a work environment in which Aboriginal peoples' cultures, beliefs and values are acknowledged and respected, and in which the individual career goals and personal aims of Aboriginal staff are identified, promoted and achieved.

OzChild is a child-safe organisation committed to protecting children and young people from all forms of abuse, bullying, exploitation and neglect, and to creating environments in all our programs and services where children are safe and feel safe.

OzChild is an equal opportunity employer and encourages individuals of diverse backgrounds to apply.

All shortlisted candidates will be required to provide evidence of their COVID vaccination status, including booster.

A position description is attached.

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