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Aboriginal Caseworker - Ngurambang PSP/ Family Preservation

  • 500933
  • Youth and Families - Casework
  • Full time permanent

About the Role  


This is a full-time (35 hours/ week) contract opportunity and will be based in Dubbo (with possible extension) 


This role is responsible for providing culturally responsive child and family assessments, intensive home visiting, crisis management and longer-term casework to prevent unnecessary entry of children and young people into Out of Home Care (OOHC). This role carries a case load of up to 4 families and works alongside each family for up to 2 years.  

 
 
Key Responsibilities: 

  • Provide culturally respective intense casework and case management services to families with complex needs in the program in accordance with the Homebuilders Model, Policies and Procedures 
  • Provide planning and support and structure for the safety of children and young people and immediately take appropriate action in line with agency polices and relevant professional responsibilities where the safety of the child or young person is at risk 
  • Assess the crisis the family is facing and establish an intervention involving intensive home visiting, which ensures the safety of the child is paramount. 
  • Assess families’ strengths and needs using the NCFAS G+R, Domestic Violence Framework and other Uniting approved assessment tools.  
  • Assist families to formulate and achieve goals that are child focused and address the safety and well-being of children and encourages self-determination. 
  • Facilitate the development and implementation of case plans with families 
  • Conduct a risk assessment of worker safety and develop strategies to offset risk so that workers are able to continue to access the family home 
  • Provide evidence-based parent education programs in the step-down phase of the program 
  • Be available to participate in an on-call roster 

 

About You 

  • Identifies as an Aboriginal person and able to provide appropriate evidence of Aboriginal identity that satisfies the accepted definition of an Aboriginal person 
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in social sciences/welfare, minimum Diploma 
  • Minimum 2 years case management experience with at risk children and their families. 
  • Links with the local Aboriginal community 
  • The ability to engage make and maintain new and existing connections to Aboriginal community 
  • Knowledge and understanding of significant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dates for celebration and memorial 
  • Knowledge of government policies and practices and the ongoing impact of colonisation on Aboriginal people and community 
  • Knowledge of Aboriginal community structures  
  • Knowledge of cultural protocols 
  • Knowledge and/or willingness to learn of Aboriginal organisations and services in local area 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Innovative ideas to problem solve 
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills 
  • Commitment to children remaining with their own families provided they are safe 
  • The ability to assess risk and safety plan in relation to child protection concerns 
  • The ability to engage families in crisis and work in partnership with them to develop and implement goals.  
  • Ability to work as part of a team and flexibility in working hours 

 


For more information about what it’s like to be one of the 273 Uniting employees who identify as Aboriginal click here -https://www.uniting.org/community-impact/aboriginal-inclusion 

 

Should you have any questions, please contact Alex Sullivan from Uniting's Talent Acquisition Team at asullivan@uniting.org / 0466801937  

Employment with Uniting is subject to satisfactory background checks, which include National Police Checks, Working with Children Checks and Reference Checks.  

 

At Uniting we believe vaccination to be the best way to keep our employees and clients safe from COVID-19.  We require all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. 

Applications close: 11:55pm Sunday 27th November 

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