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Specialist Children's Worker - Therapeutic Responses

Refuge Victoria
  • Permanent full time position
  • Generous salary packaging including novated leasing, and meals and entertainment card
  • Excellent Professional Development opportunities
  • Health and Wellbeing Program
  • Regular supervision, reflective practice and management support including access to EAP

Refuge Victoria is a not-for-profit Specialist Family Violence Organisation providing services to women and children supporting them to escape control, abuse and violence and rebuild their lives. We have been responding to family violence and changing people’s stories for over 40 years. We are the largest provider of refuge/crisis accommodation in Victoria with 3 core and cluster refuges, 15 crisis properties and nomination rights to 35 Transitional Houses. And we deliver therapeutic responses to women and children affected by family violence. We are funded by the Department of Families Fairness and Housing and the generous support of donors.

Refuge Victoria is committed to promoting and protecting the safety and wellbeing of all people involved in our service, including children and young people.

Refuge Victoria is committed to the principles of cultural safety and inclusion of all individuals from diverse backgrounds and to the safety and inclusion of individuals with a disability.


The Specialist Children’s worker has the primary responsibility to provide specialist therapeutic support to ensure young people and families are safe, heal from their experience of family violence and develop resilience into the future.

Therapeutic interventions vary in intensity, duration and flexibility and include building parent/carer trust to talk about the impact of trauma and family violence on the child and provide ongoing support to parents/carers and the support team to always meet the needs of the child and young person.

The outcome of therapeutic interventions is to assist long term recovery and well being by rebuilding confidence, self-esteem and reducing social isolation.


  • hold a Bachelor of Social Work or other equivalent qualification


  • have minimum 5 years relevant professional experience, OR a related qualification as per the mandatory minimum qualification requirements.


  • hold significant cultural knowledge and experience or lived experience, and have faced barriers to educational pathways


  • Experience in delivering therapeutic responses to children and families
  • Current police check
  • Working with children's check
  • COVID -19 Vaccinated

Refuge Victoria is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

For further information, please contact HR@safefutures.org.au, using the subject line: Specialist Children's Worker - Therapeutic Responses enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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