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Child and Family Project Coordinator - Illawarra

Big Fat Smile

Organisational Overview

Big Fat Smile is a values-led, not-for-profit, non-government organisation which provides high quality care and education for children from birth until 12 years. National and state-wide inclusion services as part of a national consortia and operates many community-based services for children and families.

Big Fat Smile is a trusted partner of the community and government and is a foremost leader of quality children’s service - as assessed by the Government through the Assessment and Rating process.

Big Fat Smile is a child safe organisation, committed to ensuring and advocating for the safety and wellbeing of children entrusted to our care. We demonstrate this commitment through embedding of the Child Safe Standards in culture, policies, procedures and practice. Big Fat smile has a zero tolerance for child abuse and harm and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated seriously and acted upon.

Position Overview

The Child and Family Project Coordinator is responsible for working closely with families and other professional agencies in relation to implementing trauma informed and protective behaviour based work to assist children and families within their community.

The Coordinator will work closely with local families and communities in the Shoalhaven area to lead the development and facilitation of our Milton ChildSafe Family Group and deliver bespoke training on trauma informed principles and practices, protective behaviours for children and resilience building. Together with the ChildSafe Group, the Coordinator will co design the Shoalhaven ChildSafe Conference to disseminate knowledge and build skills and awareness across the community. The position will work with Child Protection Manager to implement additional projects to reinforce Big Fat Smile’s Child Safe Framework and Child Safe Organisation plan to embed the Child Safe Standards across services and programs.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  • Project implementation and review
  • Child Safe Family Consultative Group
  • Shoalhaven ChildSafe conference
  • Community Networking
  • Safeguarding Children and Child Protection Accountabilities
  • Work Health and Safety Accountabilities

Key Essential Criteria:

  • Cleared Valid for paid work, working with Children’s Check (WWCC)
  • Degree qualified in social work, psychology or similar, supported by relevant experience.
  • Proven experience establishing and maintaining effective partnerships and working collaboratively with a range of stake holders.
  • Proven experience in delivering capacity building training including small group facilitation and co-design.
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience in trauma informed service delivery, knowledge of child protection issues/laws and referral and support services available to families.
  • Experience and/or ability in project. management, service design and evaluation
  • High Standard of interpersonal and communication skills, time management skills and the ability to organise work effectively.
  • Computer skills in Microsoft Office package.
  • Flexibility to work outside of normal hours on occasion.
  • Driving license.
  • Evidence from the Australian Immunisation Register of 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine; or a medical contraindication certificate.

What we offer you:

  • Access to company vehicle.
  • Supportive Environment – work within a dedicated, professional, and highly skilled team.
  • Flexible working arrangements.
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