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Family Engagement Consultant (Family Finder - Permanency Support Program)

  • 498582
  • Youth and Families - Casework
  • Youth and Families - Community Development and Engagement
  • Youth and Families - Counsellor, Therapist, Psychologist and Facilitator
  • Youth and Families - Practice, Quality and Support
  • Full time closed period contract
  • Full time permanent

About the role

This is a permanent full-time position supporting both Uniting’s Western Sydney PSP and Uniting Goodradigbee Aboriginal PSP teams.
This role will be based in North Parramatta with some flexibility to

This role is responsible for identifying and engaging with both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal child or young person’s network, with the goal of supporting the development of a sustainable network for life of caring and significant people in their life

  • This role is a specialist position making a significant contribution to the casework team in regards to permanency planning, leading the implementation of the integrated approach for Family Finding model and coordinating aftercare light touch across the region
  • For more details refer to the attached job description  PSP Family Engagement Consultant PD_FINAL.docx

 

About Uniting’s Permanency Support Program

  • The Permanency Support Program (PSP) aims to give every child/young person a loving home, whether that be with parents, family, extended family or through guardianship or quality long term care
  • We provide culturally supported placement options for Aboriginal children and young people 0-18 years of age
  • PSP also provides a ‘light touch’ Aftercare service for  young people 18-25 years who have left foster care and for the next 4 years will collaborate with Uniting’s Extended Care Pilot program team to provide holistic support to young people using the Advantage Thinking approach

 

About you

  • Relevant tertiary qualification (Diploma minimum) in the social sciences or equivalent sector experience
  • Strong advocate for children, young people and families
  • Skilled decision maker for children’s best interests underpinned by a demonstrated commitment to hearing the voices of children and young people
  • Excellent communication and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to negotiate cultural complexities of people from differing Aboriginal lands
  • Proven ability to build effective networks to support children
  • In depth knowledge and understanding of family finding principles
  • Collaborative team player
  • Committed to compliance - legal, government and policy

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families are overrepresented in this program and the child protection system as a whole.  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.  

 Benefits and culture

Working to inspire people, enliven communities and confront injustice brings its own rewards, but there’s more

  • Welcoming you exactly as you are
  • Work you’ll be proud of
  • You’ll have access to a range of support and opportunities including -
    • Salary-packaging options
    • Wellbeing programs 
    • Learning and development opportunities 
    • Diverse and inclusive workplace
    • Flexible working arrangements
    • Regular supervision, support and team meetings

  

If the idea of working for a progressive not-for-profit organisation excites you, then click APPLY now to get your application started! Contact Alex Sullivan asullivan@uniting.org / 0466801937 should you have any questions. 

Employment with Uniting is subject to satisfactory background checks which may include a National Police, reference and Working with Children checks.

Closing date: 11:55pm Monday 23rd May, 2022

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.

 

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