Realise your potential, with the support of our village. As a not-for-profit, SDN has delivered early childhood education, children’s therapies, and family support services since 1905. We’re one of Australia’s most respected children’s services organisations, with 650+ staff across 37 sites in NSW and the ACT. Build a career you’re proud of, with networking, training, and promotion opportunities.
Part time, maximum term contract until 30 June 2025 with potential extension.
6 hours per day, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
What you’ll do
- Work within the service provision guidelines and Thriving Families, SDN’s Family Centred Framework by maintaining a focus on child wellbeing outcomes and engage in a way that aligns with the Thriving Families behaviours and principles in everything you do
- Co-facilitate three supported playgroups a week, located within the 3 LGAs (Blacktown, Cumberland, and Parramatta) supporting 120 children and families across the year.
- Provide information/advice/referrals to 40 families across the year based on assessed needs and as part of families achieving Consolidation in their project
- Increase the social participation of 40 families, evidenced through completion of their family village
- Working alongside the Playlinks co-ordinator provide case management through home visits, outreach, and telephone support to 45 families annually, informed by SDNs Thriving families framework
- Ensure your direct work with families is flexible and responsive and is based on need to meet 65% direct work
To view the position description, please follow the link below or copy and paste into web browser: https://www.sdn.org.au/media/kehooebr/family-resource-worker-playlinks-july-2022.pdf
SDN PlayLinks is a Targeted Early Intervention program for children aged 0-6 and their families providing supported playgroups in the Parramatta, Cumberland and Blacktown LGAs and family capacity building, alongside contributing to the sector through leading and facilitating education and skills training and engaging in network sector meetings. The program is short term with a focus on transition from day one and building skills or supports for sustainability. Through robust data collection you will add to the evidence base of this program.
Who you are
- University qualifications in Social Work or relevant discipline.
- Demonstrated ability to support children (0-6 years) and families with vulnerabilities such as social isolation, domestic and family violence, mental health, drug and alcohol misuse, child behaviour management concerns and a lack of parenting skills.
- Demonstrated commitment to child focused practice, a well-developed understanding of Child Protection practices, and a sound understanding of relevant legislation.
- Knowledge and experience in coaching caregivers to strengthen parenting capacities to promote their child/rens wellbeing.
- Strong networking skills and a knowledge of local community services
- Demonstrated ability to work with culturally diverse (CALD and Aboriginal) families and communities
- Excellent relationship building, negotiation and influencing skills with experience working with a range of stakeholders including families, government, and community groups
- Working with Children Check (NSW) and National Police Check
- Current drivers’ licence, own comprehensively insured car and willingness to travel across Metro and Western Sydney
- Discounted childcare fees & priority placement for your children
- Generous leave entitlements, including 12 days personal/carer’s leave, paid parental/ partner leave, access to purchased leave (up to 2 weeks), paid study leave, access to long service leave after 5 years, paid domestic violence leave, and an extra paid leave day between Christmas and New Year (NSW)
- Employee Assistance Program (free counselling service)
- Paid Work Health and Safety training including First Aid and CPR
- Up to $500 Finder’s Fee for referrals
- Monthly and Annual Rewards and Recognition Program
- Full salary packaging
- Travel Reimbursements
- Professional training and development
- Hybrid working arrangements
What it’s like to work with our village
When you join SDN, you join a village that partners with families to enrich young lives. Our team is here to help you explore your interests and unleash your talents. We learn and grow together, sharing tools, resources, and knowledge.
At SDN, everyone is welcome and respected. We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply.
Successful applicants will be subject to relevant pre-employment checks including Working with Children Check (NSW), National Police Check and Covid 19 vaccination in line with government regulations.
If you believe that by working together we can make the world a better and more equitable place, then we’d love to hear from you.
Please note, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.