Family Preservation and Reunification (FPR) Practitioner MacKillop Family Services


About the role
This position is situated within the Southern Metro Region, in the Family & Community Services Unit.

The Victorian Family Preservation and Reunification Response (the Response) has been funded by the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing. It was co-designed with representatives from the child and family services sector to be implemented in 2020-21 by Victorian registered children and family service providers. 

The Response includes an initial intensive intervention phase, delivered through a mobile and integrated approach, followed by a sustained service support phase, aimed at preventing at-risk children entering or re-entering care. The Response will link to, align with, and build on (and not duplicate) existing child and family services within the broader service system, providing an enhanced continuum of care across the state. It will be evaluated and continuously developed to enhance the Family Preservation and Reunification (FPR) evidence-base for Victorian child and family services (including Child Protection). 

The model is an integrated and evidence-based/evidence-informed approach to supporting and problem solving with families and preventing children and young people’s re/entry to out of home care. The team will work as a cohesive whole and report directly to the FPR Practice Leader.

This is a Full-Time Fixed Term (30/6/24) opportunity based in South Melbourne, VIC within our Family Preservation & Reunification Program. The position reports to the FPR Practice Leader.


Key Selection Criteria:

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Significant work experience in a relevant field which supports an understanding of key child development issues relating to young parents and their families who have complex needs.
  • Understanding of and demonstrated experience working with issues such as attachment, trauma, and intergenerational disadvantage.
  • Implementation of evidence-based interventions within or between systems in young people’s ecology that affect or influence the behaviour of young people (i.e., family, peer, school, and neighbourhood).
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake complex casework with families and children who have experienced trauma.


Please address the full Key Selection Criteria outlined in the PD as part of your application.


For a full listing please view Position Description


For more information, please contact:

Emma Cockell at [email protected]or on 0487 034 304


Our offer:

  • Generous Salary Packaging (helps increase your take home pay)
  • Ongoing Career Development, Education and Training 
  • Employee Assistance Program – free and confidential counselling, coaching and emotional support for work and personal challenges
  • Click HERE to find out more about becoming a member of the MacKillop Family Services team and what further support we have to offer our employees.


You must have a:

  • Valid and current Driver’s Licence;
  • Satisfactory Criminal History Check (paid for by MacKillop);
  • Valid Employee Working with Children Check;
  • Valid and current NDIS Workers Screening Check (for risk assessed / client facing roles). MacKillop can assist successful candidates with their application.


How to Apply: Click ‘Apply‘ where you will be prompted to proceed with your application via the Seek website.


Our Commitment:
MacKillop celebrates and draws strength from diversity and respects the dignity of all people.  Every person at MacKillop has the right to be safe and to be treated justly. We value every person’s ability, cultural or linguistic backgrounds, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, intersex status, relationship status, religious or spiritual beliefs, socio-economic status, and age.


It is our goal that MacKillop Family Services continues to evolve as a culturally safe, culturally competent, and welcoming organisation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people, families, and communities.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.


Shortlisting for this position may commence immediately so please submit your application as soon as possible.



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