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Foster Care - Assessment Practitioner - Shepparton or Seymour

Berry Street Victoria
  • This role can be based in either Shepparton or Seymour location, in Yorta Yorta or Wurundjeri Country
  • Part time (0.6EFT), permanent position (45.6 hours per fortnight)
  • Salary package full time equivalent to $97k pa (inclusive of base salary – $82k FTE, 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 Hume Home Based Care program provides Complex, Intensive and General Home Based Care for children and young people who are unable to live with their own families. With a solid focus on strengthening our program through recruitment, training, support and quality assurance mechanisms, the Assessment Practitioner will undertake the assessments of prospective foster carers and review of accredited carers. 

Key Responsibilities

The Foster Care Assessment Practitioner will primarily be responsible for:

  • Assessment of prospective Foster Carers.
  • Joint management of carer inquires and the delivery of information sessions to prospective foster carers.
  • Ensure a sufficient pool of trained and accredited carers to meet the needs of children requiring foster care.

About You

To be considered for this role, you must have a tertiary qualification or higher in Psychology, Social Work or a related discipline.

Additionally you will need to have:

  • Strong organisational skills and the ability to work comfortably in an unstructured environment whilst maintaining high professional standards.
  • Well-developed knowledge of the welfare system; preferably the home-based care area, community development principles, adult education principles and methods.
  • An understanding of assessment skills congruent with the theories of attachment and trauma.
  • Proven knowledge of the stages of child development as well as a sophisticated understanding of life stages.
  • Demonstrated understanding and respect of the needs of children with a disability and/or Aboriginal culture.
  • Step by Step & Shared Lives accreditation will be mandatory for this role. Berry Street will fund and enrol the successful appointee into this training if they do not already hold accreditation.

The Benefits

  • Additional salary packaging available for meals/accommodation.
  • Flexible work arrangements and generous leave conditions.
  • Access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), including access for staff members’ immediate family.

How to Apply

Applications including resume and cover letter addressing your suitability for the position to be submitted via the Apply Now button.

Queries to Sharelle Davidson, Senior Manager Child & Family Services on 03 5822 8100.

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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