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Child and Family Practitioner

The Infants' Home
  • Full-time

The Infants’ Home Child & Family Services is a dynamic organisation, with a long tradition based on a strong sense of contemporary pathways focusing on best practice and research initiatives. Ours is a unique work environment set on four acres in Ashfield with cultural commitment to innovation, diversity, integrity and collaboration. The Infants’ Home has been a leading provider of quality, innovative education, health and care for children and families for over 145 years.

We provide integrated, inclusive early childhood services through five Early Care and Education Centres plus Family Day Care wherein 30% of our families are experiencing a range of vulnerabilities. We provide high staff ratios; strengths-based practices, professional development and involvement with community networks. Staff are highly resourced and supported.

The role

The Infants’ Home is looking for a Child and Family Practitioner to join our vibrant and well-regarded integrated early childhood service which supports best practice and research initiatives. This exciting career opportunity exists to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team, comprising of educators and therapists. The role includes providing a case management service for children and families with vulnerabilities, family support including parent-child interventions, the facilitation of reflective practice circles and coordinating our transition to school program.

Essential criteria

  • Tertiary qualification in Social Work and eligibility for membership with Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
  • Minimum 4 years’ post-graduate experience in a case management role (or similar), working with young children and families with vulnerabilities
  • Proven experience working in a variety of social work interventions including psychosocial assessment, crisis intervention, case management, counselling and group facilitation
  • Demonstrated knowledge of trauma-informed practice
  • Advanced knowledge of legislation and best practice frameworks within a Child Protection context
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the complex needs of children and families with vulnerabilities, including barriers to learning, development and engagement with services
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal
  • Strong organisational and time management skills
  • Effective relationship management skills both with internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Current NSW Driver’s License
  • Approved Child Protection Training - CHCPRT001 / CHCPRT002, or equivalent (or willing to obtain as soon as possible after commencement of employment)
  • A valid NSW Working with Children Check
  • Unrestricted working rights in Australia

Knowledge and/or experience in the following areas is desirable:

  • NDIS, referral pathways and access streams for disability support services
  • Facilitating evidence-based parenting programs
  • Early childhood education settings and child care subsidy supports
  • Early childhood educational approaches
  • Grant report writing and acquittals

What we can offer

  • Salary Packaging up to $15,900
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Ongoing career development
  • Dynamic, supportive team environment
  • Access to professional development opportunities
  • Competitive above award salary

If you have any questions about the role, please call Simon Zhu, Human Resources Officer, on (02) 8719 5018.

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