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Family and Community Engagement Worker - Geelong

Bethany Community Support
  • Full time, fixed term to 31 October 2022.

Introduction to the organisation:

At Bethany we value people and build upon their strengths. We are innovative and for over 150 years we have been supporting individuals within the community by developing new ways of working to make a difference. We have a broad range of programs from providing early childhood education and care through our 22 Kindergartens, to tailored community services to support children and families wellbeing.

Introduction to role:

Bethany is excited to advertise for the role of Family and Community Engagement Worker within the Connect Up Program. This position is full time, fixed term to 31 October 2022. The core purpose of this role is to provide targeted early intervention responses with a focus on families with children aged 0 – 12 years. Workers are co-located across identified community platforms such as Community Hubs, school and kindergartens in high needs areas of Geelong and offer a range of community development activities as well as individual family support. Each worker is responsible for a local area to build relationships with parents and professionals and deliver place-based responses meeting the local need.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage appropriate delivery of a range of interventions provided to families through the program to ensure:
    • A focus on best interest of the child/young person
    • Identification of individual family and children’s support needs
    • Development and regular monitoring and reviewing of Family Action Plans in consultation with the family, including Outcome Star
    • Alignment to MARAM framework
    • Navigation of the service system and engagement of relevant service providers to maximise the child/family’s quality of life
    • Advocating and promotion of the rights of children and families
    • Work respectfully with all children and families to ensure that services provided are culturally appropriate
    • Ensure families have the opportunity to have meaningful and consistent input into decisions that affect their lives
  • Provide a range of interventions to individual families in response to identified need within a case management framework
  • Co-ordinate and facilitate the provision of school based and early years activities, including parenting programs, parent engagement programs and supported playgroups, with the aim of increasing parent participation and enhancing relationships between families, schools/kindergartens and other community services
  • Maintain accurate DHHS and DSS data as required by the funding body and the organisation, and participate in periodic evaluation and program performance reporting.

About you:

  • A tertiary qualification in Early Years, Social work, Psychology or other related Behavioural sciences at degree or diploma level.
  • Demonstrated capacity to engage with children and parents and knowledge and experience in providing a range of family interventions
  • Demonstrated capacity to provide high level collaborative work practices with families, schools, Early Childhood Education Centres (ECEC) and other relevant service providers.

What we offer

  • A diverse and inclusive environment
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Salary sacrificing
  • Employee Assistance Program

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