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Caseworker - Intensive Family Preservation (Western Sydney)

  • 497150
  • Youth and Families - Casework
  • Full time closed period contract

About the Role

This is a full-time (35 hours/ week) fixed-term opportunity up until December 2022 and will be based in North Parramatta

This role is responsible for providing culturally responsive child and family assessments, intensive home visiting, crisis management and casework to prevent unnecessary entry of children and young people into Out of Home Care (OOHC).

Our IFP team (Intensive Family Preservation) work to support vulnerable families who are at risk of further escalation in the child protection system because we believe that supporting families before a crisis improves family resilience and reduces harm to children.

We’re looking for a creative, experienced, organised self-starters; someone as exceptional as the people we support to join us to provide assessment, crisis management, and casework as per the Homebuilders Model to families at high risk of having their children removed into care for protective concerns or who are having their children restored to their care.

What you will be engaged in:

  • Providing planning support and structure for the safety of children and young people and taking appropriate action where the safety of the child or young person is at risk.
  • Assessing families’ strength and needs using the NCFAS G+R and other approved assessment tools.
  • Assisting families to formulate and achieve goals that are child focused and address the safety and well-being of children.
  • Facilitating the development and implementation of case plans with families
  • Participating in an on-call roster


About You

  • Tertiary level qualifications in Social Work, Psychology, social welfare or a related discipline.
  • Demonstrated case management experience with at risk children and their families.
  • Demonstrated understanding of child protection issues and an ability to conduct risk and family assessments using a strengths based approach.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with families in crisis and work in partnership with them to achieve their goals, using a variety of evidence based intervention strategies.
  • Demonstrated experience in supporting Aboriginal families using culturally safe and sensitive interventions.
  • Commitment to ongoing training and development to ensure a broad range of evidence-based models as determined necessary by the program.
  • Current NSW Working With Children’s check.
  • Current driving license.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families are overrepresented in this program and the child protection system.  Appropriate cultural knowledge and understanding is important to deliver effectively in this role.  This is a targeted position and applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged.  

 

 About the benefits

Uniting is proud to be an EEO employer. We support an inclusive approach in the workplace and celebrate our diversity, welcoming staff regardless of ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation, gender identity and lifestyle choices. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply. 

As well as the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of others we are also offering:

  • An attractive annual salary plus super with optional salary packaging available
  • 35 hour working week
  • 4 weeks annual leave and 1 week ex gratia leave at Christmas
  • Ongoing training & development

 


If you have any questions or require further details then please contact Alex Sullivan on 0466801937 or asullivan@uniting.org  Applications close on

Employment with Uniting is subject to satisfactory background checks which include a National Police Check and Reference Check.

Closing date: 11:55pm Wednesday 27th October 2021

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