Caseworker Kinship Out Of Home Care
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- X 1 Full Time Ongoing Opportunity
Wathaurong provides contracted case management for children in Out of Home Care (both Kinship and Home-Based Care arrangements). The purpose of this role is in providing case management to the children, young people and carers in accordance with the overall case planning direction for a child or young person.
This role follows the best practice principles to provide and support better outcomes for clients through the coordination of cases across the Kinship and Foster Care programs within the Family Services department. Through this role you will provide case management to children on a variation of orders, including Family Reunification Orders, Care By Secretary Orders and Long Term Orders.
For Aboriginal families, culture and the integrity of culture is crucial for the health and development of their children. Traditional Aboriginal culture is inherently inter-relational and inter-dependant and views the person as living and being in a relationship with the family, the community, the tribe, the land and spiritual beings, of the lores and dreaming. It’s important that interventions respect the strong lineal connection and that case workers see child and family needs holistic united care, not feeling in isolation. It is also important that you seek from the family their definition of who should be involved in particular assessments, interventions, and planning activities, rather than case workers making assumptions about, who is “family” or who forms “community” for this child and family.
The successful candidate will have:
- Relevant qualification (or working toward) in Community Services, Social Work, Psychology, or related area and/or experience providing support services to families and young children.
- Demonstrated understanding of challenges which may affect an Aboriginal families’ ability to provide safe and adequate parenting to their children
- Demonstrated understanding of interfamilial relationships within indigenous families, and how these can support or impede the development and care of a child
- Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to develop positive stakeholder relationships and communicate with diverse individuals in a culturally appropriate manner
- Ability to demonstrate resilience and work in challenging and high-pressured environments
- Strong written communication skills including a high level of accuracy, record keeping, and report writing abilities
- Ability to work effectively and cooperatively as part of a team and follow processes
- Knowledge of safe and appropriate culturally centred practices for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander focused services, including employment of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
- Demonstrated understanding of social, physical, economical, and cultural strengths and challenges affecting Aboriginal communities and their ability to access adequate and quality services.
- Identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
- Demonstrated experience working with Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations
*A police check, Working with Children Check, Vaccination Certificate and current Driver Licence are required for all positions.
Please visit our website for further information: www.wathaurong.org.au
How to Apply
A Position Description can be viewed on our website at: http://www.wathaurong.org.au/careers-with-us/
Applications close on Friday 13 October 2023.