The Child Wellbeing Practitioner, under the supervision of the Child and Wellbeing Team Leader, will provide a specialist focus within Ovens Murray Orange Door on the wellbeing and development of children, young people and their families through:
• Actively focusing on the best interests of children and young people at all times;
• Assessments that include parents/carers and the whole family;
• Working with men as fathers/partners;
• Interventions that consider children and young people as individuals in their own right, and take into consideration their opinions and wishes;
• Early help for children, parents and families to support wellbeing, stability, development and safety;
• Providing a point of contact for secondary consultation, advice and information;
The position will rotate between the Assessment and Planning team and the Screening, Identification and Triage team.
In line with the establishment of the Orange Door in Ovens Murray, this new position will primarily work from the Orange Door location, working alongside other roles at The Orange Door focused on child wellbeing and family violence, but will remain connected and involved with the rest of our clients services.
REQUIREMENTS OF THE POSITION
This position is predominantly a desk-based role. In emergency situations, fire drills and periods of maintenance, the ability to use stairs may be required. The incumbent may be required to travel in company vehicles around the region and possibly Victoria to attend meetings, forums, professional development etc.
CaFS programs deal with clients aged from newborn to adult from highly traumatised backgrounds often with highly traumatic and demanding situations. The incumbent needs to be able to recognise and administer self-care and be aware of and recognise when these are impacting on program staff.
This position will be predominantly based in an office, however the incumbent may be required to travel throughout the region.
Key Selection Criteria
• Tertiary qualifications in Social Work, Welfare Studies, Psychology, Counselling, Family Therapy or a related discipline and / or extensive relevant experience.
Knowledge and Skills
- Sound knowledge of the issues facing vulnerable families and relevant theoretical practice frameworks including child development, trauma and attachment.
- Demonstrated knowledge of the Child Protection and Family Services sector and commitment to relevant legislation including the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005, the Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005 and Child Safe Standards.
- Demonstrated experience and skills in the provision of information and advice, intake, referral, counselling, casework and consultation including the completion of detailed / complex child & family assessments, including child/youth risk assessments.
- A strong knowledge and understanding of the drivers/causes of family violence and child and family vulnerability, as well as the child and family services and/or broader social services sector and their fundamental practices and theories is required.
- Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people and diverse communities.
- Well-developed administrative skills including maintaining accurate files, accurate and detailed assessments and case notes.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a multidisciplinary team.
ADDITIONAL ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE POSITION FOR SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS
- All applicants are subject to a National Police History Check.
- Applicants who have lived overseas for 12 months or longer during the past 10 years are required to provide the results of an international police check. Applicants should contact the relevant overseas police force to obtain this and submit as part of their application. Details of overseas police agencies are available on the Department of Immigration website www.immi.gov.au and can be searched for under the phrase, ‘penal clearance certificate’.
- A current Victorian Employee Working with Children Check (WWCC) card is required. Currency will need to be maintained by the employee for the period of employment in The Orange Door.
- Current driver’s license
This role is based in Wangaratta or Wodonga.
To apply please upload your resume and a cover letter via our website, www.mptrainingandrecruitment.com.au
For further information and a confidential discussion please call Krystal Rigoni
at MP Training and Recruitment during business hours on 02 6057 9333