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Advanced Family Violence Practice Lead - The Orange Door - Mount Helen

Berry Street Victoria
  • Job no: 98PC8
  • Located at The Orange Door in Central Highlands Area, with the primary premises located in Central Ballarat, in Berry Street’s Western Region, Wadawurrung Country
  • Full time or part time position (0.8 EFT minimum), fixed term until 25th August 2022
  • Salary package full time equivalent to $128k pa (inclusive of base salary $108k, super and salary packaging)

For over 140 years, Berry Street has adapted to a changing world, and we will continue to adapt to achieve our purpose. We believe children, young people and families should be safe, thriving and hopeful. Our Vision for 2022: Together we will courageously change lives and reimagine service systems. We look forward to working with children, young people, families, carers, staff and partners to achieve this vision. Together.

The Opportunity

The Western Family Violence Service (WFVS) is the lead provider for the integrated family violence service system in the Central Highlands sub-region. The WFVS provides support services to victim survivors of family violence and their children inclusive of cis gendered heterosexual women and, their children; and people from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer Community (LGBTIQ+) and their children. WFVS provides a range of specialist family violence programs. The service aims to support victim survivors and their children to remain safely within their community and maintain a life free of violence while also addressing the emotional and practical needs and issues arising from the violence.

The fundamental function of The Orange Door (also known as the Support and Safety Hub) is to:

  • Be a more visible and accessible contact point for service users requiring specialist support.
  • Provide help for people to identify family violence and child wellbeing issues.
  • Support to access justice and legal support.
  • Offer advice based on contemporary risk assessment tools and guidance.
  • Provide specialist support and tailored advice for victim survivors, families and children, and perpetrators.
  • Connection and coordination of access to support.
  • A system wide view of service capacity, client experience and outcomes.  

Key Responsibilities

The Advanced Family Violence Practice Leader is a clinical leadership position. The primary focus will be to provide specialist family violence expertise that drives an integrated response by supporting practitioners working with victim survivors of family violence and implementing perpetrator interventions.

The role will work in close partnership with the Hub Manager, other Practice Leaders (Integrated Practice Leader, Senior Child Protection Practitioner/s and Aboriginal Practice Leader) and Team Leaders to lead family violence practice in The Orange Door and support secondary consultations with internal and external service providers. 

The role will be responsible for providing practice leadership on risk assessment, risk management and planning for family violence and providing expert advice to The Orange Door workforce in relation to complex family violence cases and perpetrator interventions. The role will proactively build specialist evidence-based family violence knowledge and capability across The Orange Door workforce in line with The Orange Door Service Model and Integrated Practice Framework.

About You

You will have a minimum Bachelor level qualification in Social Work, or a qualification in a related discipline along with experience in the field.

You will have experience in working with victim survivors and their children from diverse backgrounds who have experienced family violence and the ability and experience to undertake comprehensive risk assessments (TRAM or CRAF).

The Benefits

  • Salary packaging benefits plus meals and accommodation to increase your take home pay
  • Flexible work arrangements and generous leave conditions including 20 days paid family violence leave for our staff, 10 weeks paid parental leave and generous long service leave entitlements
  • Access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), including access for staff members’ immediate family

How to Apply

Click "Apply Now". Applications including resume and cover letter addressing the key selection criteria for the position should be submitted by the close date. However, please submit your application as soon as possible as they will be assessed as received.

Queries to Mandy Gambino Program Manager Specialist Family Violence, The Orange Door on 03 5330 5000.

Please Note; the successful applicant will be subject to comprehensive reference and background checking prior to employment, including a Working with Children Check and National Police Check.

Berry Street is committed to being a child safe, child friendly and child empowering organisation. In everything we do we seek to protect children. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children; children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds; children with a disability; children who identify with a sexual and or gender minority identity. We aim to ensure every individual is treated with dignity and respect regardless of their cultural background, ability, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, spirituality or religion.

Aboriginal people; people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability are encouraged to apply.

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