Mental Health Social Worker Family Life


Family Life – Transforming lives for stronger communities

  • Work locally in the Bayside Area and make a difference within the Community
  • Enjoy the benefits of flexible work through our Hybrid Working Model
  • Part-time (0.8FTE), Fixed-term opportunity until 30 June 2024 
  • Level 7 SCHADS Award $110,912.88 pro-rata + Generous Salary Packaging + Super

Work with us at Family Life and be part of our supportive, people-focused culture.

Who we are

At Family Life, we believe every child deserves to thrive in a safe and healthy family environment. Family Life is a specialist family services provider that has worked with children, families and communities for more than 50 years.  Our vision is to work with clients and partners to create capable communities, strong families and thriving children. 

We are known for our innovation and whole-of-community collective impact approach. Our teams are committed to transforming the lives of our clients and communities to build resilience and healthy relationships. We are proudly purpose-driven, independent and not for profit. We support our community through our specialist family services, community strengthening programs, a network of op shops, a vibrant engaged volunteer community and passionate skilled staff.

The Opportunity

The Mental Health Social Worker is a part-time (0.8FTE), fixed-term role until 30  June 2024. The position will be based at Family Life’s Sandringham and Frankston sites (Bunurong Land) with some remote and outreach work and provides a client-centred, trauma informed therapeutic response for children and their mothers who are victim survivors of family violence.

The Mental Health Social Worker works as part of a multidisciplinary team, providing outreach and centre-based services to address the effects of ongoing exposure to family violence, and assist families to achieve safety and stability. 

Key Responsibility Areas

  • Work effectively and collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team to deliver evidence-based, trauma informed services to women, children and their families impacted by family violence and support the innovation of service responses and sector reform.
  • Deliver attachment-focused therapy for children affected by family violence and their mothers.
  • Managed a caseload of clients and provide support and assistance to co-workers on their cases.
  • Work flexibly across a range of service delivery sites, including the provision of outreach support to enhance service accessibility.
  • Perform other partnership related tasks as required to assist the program in meeting its contractual and compliance obligations.

Our Ideal Candidate

You are a degree qualified Social Worker who is eligible for membership with AASW and an You are also an accredited Mental Health Social Worker. Passionate about helping families who are experiencing or have experienced family violence, you have previously delivered dyadic/family developmental psychotherapy, parent child interaction therapy, theraplay, transgenerational therapy or other evidence-based approaches to child and family therapy. 

You have deep knowledge and experience working with the complexities of family violence and the effects of trauma on behaviour and development of children, youth and adults. You have demonstrated experience in the development and implementation of trauma informed approaches to therapeutic interventions specific to children, youth and adults. Experience working in the child and family services sector and familiarity with key frameworks such as MARAM and Best Interests will be highly regarded. 


Working at Family Life is more than just a job

It’s the feeling of knowing that your work is contributing to making the community in which you live a better place and working with others who feel the same way. 

Additionally, you will have access to:

  • Flexible Work Culture through our Hybrid Working Model
  • Salary packaging (receive up to an extra $18,500 in tax-free pay per year)
  • Paid Wellbeing Leave
  • Paid Study Leave
  • Additional Paid Leave for End of Year Closedown
  • Purchased Annual Leave Scheme
  • Rostered Day Off Scheme for Eligible Employees
  • Employee Assistance Program, a free and confidential counselling service for employees

How to Apply

A full position description is available on our career page: Family Life Careers page.

Please submit your confidential application including a CV and cover letter addressing the key selection criteria via our Application Portal

For further information regarding the position please contact Georgina Cook or Rebecca Thompson on (03) 8599 5433

Applications close: 30 September 2023

*We will be reviewing applications as they are received, therefore this role may close sooner if we find the right candidate. Please apply now to ensure you do not miss out!

All offers of employment are subject to the Family Life Safety Screening process, including a Working with Children Check and Police Records Check.  Any person issued with a negative notice on their Working with Children Check will not be eligible for employment with Family Life.

Family Life values diversity and welcomes applicants who meet the position criteria, irrespective of race and ethnicity, colour, age, gender, gender identity, disability, religion and sexual orientation.

Family Life is a trauma informed organisation and recognises the unique skills, contributions and insights that come from lived experience.

Family Life is a child safe organisation.  We value, respect and listen to children and young people. We are committed to the safety of all children and young people. Family Life supports children to meet their potential and thrive. We do not tolerate neglect, mistreatment or abuse of any kind.