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Family Support Specialist - Hobart

Save The Children

1 in 5 Aussie kids are living in poverty and 15% of children live in families where nobody has a job. Children are facing more and more challenges to their development. At Save the Children in Tasmania, we provide critical support to these vulnerable families.Through the delivery of parenting support to vulnerable and disadvantaged families, you'll build family capacity in a partnership service model, using strengths-based and family-centred approaches.

Save the Children is no ordinary not-for-profit

We're ambitious, creative and outspoken. We stand up for children's rights. We want all children to be educated, healthy and live a life free from violence. We've been operating in Tasmania for nearly 70 years, working with families, communities and children themselves to give them the best possible start. More information on our work in Tasmania is available here.

Where you come in:

In this full-time, fixed term position (through to end of June 2022 for now, with strong potential for extension), you'll be responsible for the day to day delivery of the Intensive Family Engagement Services (IFES) program. You'll work to build a structure of safety and sustainability while providing evidence-based parenting education programs and modelling appropriate parenting techniques. Working intensively with the families, you'll build the strength, capacity and protections required for families to provide a consistent, safe, and nurturing home environment for their children. Based in Hobart, you'll report to our Team Leader Family Services.

You will make an impact by:

  • Providing intensive case management support to families
  • Supporting parents in their parenting role either individually or in group settings, using partnership, strengths-based and family-centred outreach approaches
  • Collecting and recording data and information for the purpose of accountability, evaluation, and reporting
  • Working in partnership with Child Safety Services to assess and evaluate family progress, using Signs of Safety

Does this sound like you?

You're a natural communicator, with strong counselling and interpersonal skills including the ability to negotiate and advocate on behalf of families. You have an in-depth understanding of the importance of the "early years" and child development, including the impact of trauma on child development. You're willing to work within a flexible service delivery model, with some out of hours work including early mornings and early evenings.

This role requires:

  • Experience in assessing risk and supporting families through crisis in an inclusive, explicit, and non-judgemental manner
  • Demonstrated understanding of child protection and the child protection system
  • Degree or Diploma in a relevant field
  • Driver's Licence
  • Working with Vulnerable People Card

Working at Save the Children is more than just a job

It's the feeling of knowing that your work is contributing to making the world a better place for children and working with others who feel the same. In addition to a connection to social causes, you will have access to:

  • Festive leave in addition to regular leave benefits
  • Award rate salary (SCHADS 5.1) plus full salary packaging benefits
  • Internal employment and development opportunities
  • Friendly and flexible work environment

Sound interesting?

We'd love to hear from you. Submit your cover letter and resume by clicking on one of the buttons in the 'Apply Now' section.

Position description - Family Support Specialist, IFES

More information on the program and the team that the role works in can be found in our Program Profile.

Save the Children is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with our obligations under occupational health and safety legislation. If you are successful in this role, prior to commencement of employment you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19, or that you have proof of medical exemption from the vaccine. Acceptable evidence of vaccination includes:

  1. COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account)
  2. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account) or
  3. A letter from the GP who vaccinated you.

At Save the Children, we seek a workforce that is as diverse as our society - in race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexuality, cultures and beliefs - and reflects the communities we work in. We believe diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our culture and core values and we demonstrate this commitment through all our employment practices. Our inclusive workplace culture contributes to making Save the Children a great place to work. We strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants to apply.

Save the Children Australia is a child-safe organisation. All employees are required to undergo a National Police Check, a Working with Children Check where necessary, and sign our Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct.

Save the Children Australia supports the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. If you are successful in your application, we will request consent to access HR held information pertaining to your last 5 years of employment. You can read about the Scheme and our commitment to Safeguarding here.

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