The Practitioner, Family Support will provide practical and therapeutic trauma informed assistance to families so their children can remain safely in the family home. Referrals may come from a variety of sources including Family and Child Connect, the Department of Communities Child Safety and Disability Services (herein referred to as the department), the parents themselves, family members, members of the community and community agencies.
About the Role
- Provide in-home child-centred intervention to vulnerable families within the community where risk factors may be present
- Work closely with other community agencies, in particular Indigenous specific agencies to build a network of support for families so that families are empowered to take responsibility for their own intervention
- Support parents to develop practical skills and knowledge that enables them to care for their child, improves the safety of the family home environment, builds stability and enhances attachment between the child and parent.
- Undertake assessment, planning and delivery of services that are based on the needs of children and are considerate of both protective factors and risk factors for the children, to ensure families receive appropriate direction, information, support and advice in respect of providing a safe and secure home environment for their children so that their children can remain in the home.
- Teach and model a wide range of new skills including communication, parenting, personal management and home management skills and assist families to develop knowledge in relation to matters that may place their children at risk of harm.
- Ensure families have adequate support, post closure by arranging follow-up with other support services.
- Undertake risk assessments where domestic and family violence is identified and work with other staff and services to provide appropriate support and robust casework support in order to keep children safe
- Maximize the domestic and family violence capability of the SFS partnership with local domestic and family violence services.
- Knowledge and understanding of child protection and family intervention frameworks, including knowledge of the Child Protection Act (1999), an understanding of contemporary issues and challenges in the field of child protection and approaches to enhancing child safety and wellbeing.
- Experience in professional case work directly working with children and families including perpetrators of family violence
- Strong communication skills including supporting engagement of children and families in decision making, problem solving, conflict resolution, crisis management and safety planning.
- Cultural awareness and an understanding of how to communicate and work effectively with families from different socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- Demonstrated experience working in a family support worker role where a range of family issue are present including family violence issues, mental health concerns, parenting challenges, vulnerabilities as a result of child or parent disability, substance misuse, isolation and lack of support networks for the family within the community
- Ability to complete complex documentation, including care planning and family assessment reports with a focus on one singular care plan across multiple agencies.
- Strong computer skills, including intermediate level knowledge of MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
Additionally the successful candidate must possess:
- Current Blue Card
- Current Licensed Care Service (LCS)
- Current Queensland Driver Licence
- Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Human Services, Behavioural Science or similar field
- Current Covid-19 Vaccination Certification
What we offer
- Attractive salary + Not For Profit Staff benefits
- Salary Packaging up to $15,900 per year substantially increasing your take home pay
- Additional $2,600 tax free for personal entertainment expenses
- Ongoing training and career planning, development opportunities and long term employment
Anglicare is committed to building an inclusive and diverse workforce and encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, those from cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds, LGBTIQ+ communities, people with disabilities and people with a lived experience of mental ill health. We promote a child-safe environment and are committed to providing on-going care and protection.
If this role sounds like your next opportunity please apply now with your Resume and cover letter outlining your experience/skills to meet the above criteria.
If you require adjustments to the application process or for more information please contact Shelli Robins on 0429859344.
Anglicare Southern Queensland is committed to the health and safety of our workforce. Shortlisted Applicants will be asked to complete a Pre-Employment Assessments that requests the sharing of information regarding pre-existing injuries, illnesses or conditions that could reasonably be aggravated by performing the duties of this position.