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Family Support Worker - Bairnsdale

Save The Children

Save the Children's Family Support and Early Childhood programs go out into the community across Gippsland and support vulnerable families and children to reach their full potential. We need you to help us give these children an experience of quality early childhood education and play, to develop their appetite for learning and help enable a smooth transition into school.

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. More information on our work across Victoria is available here.

Where you come in:

In this full time, fixed term position (6 months starting ideally in January 2021, with potential for extension), you'll provide support and information to parents on children's developmental issues and make appropriate referrals to other health, education and welfare agencies. You'll build rapport with families and children, identifying where additional assistance and external services are required and providing appropriate information, support and referrals. Reporting to the Team Leader and occasionally working shifts on the weekend, you'll work remotely from home when not delivering programs.

You will make an impact by:

  • Working primarily within our early childhood focused programs, including our supported playgroups and Volunteer Family Connect
  • Providing one on one supports to families with children aged 0-8 years
  • Promoting positive parent/child relationships through role modelling, education and practical support
  • Finding creative ways to encourage families to engage with our early childhood and parenting support programs and services
  • Providing information and referrals to families to access other relevant programs or family support services
  • Collecting and recording data for the purposes of reporting and evaluation

Does this sound like you?

You're truly passionate about standing up for children. You have experience in parenting support programs and the ability to think on your feet, which allows you to find solutions to complex situations. Your infectious enthusiasm for your job will see you actively seeking out families in need of support. Finally, your cultural and local community knowledge will help you build strong connections with people from a variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.

This role requires:

  • Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proven ability to work as autonomously as well as an integral part of a team sharing responsibility for service delivery
  • Experience working with families from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, indigenous, vulnerable and socially or geographically isolated families
  • Qualification in Community Services or similar field (Diploma as a minimum requirement)

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
  • Award salary plus full salary packaging benefits
  • Individual learning plans to assist in your career development
  • Internal employment and development opportunities
  • Friendly and flexible work environment

Sound interesting?

We'd love to hear from you.

As this position is being funded by the Working for Victoria program, all applicants must register through the Working for Victoria platform and then apply for the role by clicking Apply Now. If you have any queries about this process, please contact Monica Rogers at human.resources@savethechildren.org.au, using the subject line: Family Support Worker - Bairnsdale enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Position Description - Family Support Worker, Bairnsdale

At Save the Children, we seek a workforce that is as diverse as our society - in race, ethnicity, gender, age, 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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