- Churches of Christ, Children Youth and Families, Mackay
- Permanent, Full time opportunity
Established in 1930, We are one of Australia’s largest and most diverse not-for-profit organisations.
Active in the areas of children, youth and family services; community housing; retirement living; home care; and residential aged care services, we provide care and compassion to vulnerable people at different stages of their life journey. With over 200 Services in more than 100 communities, we positively impact around 45,000 lives a year.
Imagine working for us
Our values encourage us to be accepting of differences and embrace all. Our size and variety offer you real choice and opportunities to grow your career.
We also offer:
- Salary-packaging benefits that can increase your take-home pay;
- Five weeks of annual leave and the ability to purchase;
- Grants (for eligible employees) to assist in formal study;
- Discounts through our large network of retail partners.
About the role
The Child and Family Case Worker is responsible for engaging with families referred to Churches of Christ Care Prevention and Early Intervention services within the Communities team.
In this varied role you will:
- Undertake initial screening and intake processes, including conducting risk and needs assessments, provision of information, advice and referrals to universal and other community supports;
- Build rapport and effectively engage families in a positive and friendly manner, including the use of assertive outreach strategies to engage families in a strengths-based approach;
- Utilise a range of assessment, crisis intervention, short term intervention skills and therapeutic approaches to provide both therapeutic and practical support services to families and individuals, based on the assessed priority of need and as outlined in the single case plan;
- Provide and/or organise training and education programs that will develop skills of the participants to improve areas of need;
- Provide direct in-home support services to families, including the provision of after-hours and ‘on-call’ services on a rotational basis or as required;
- Work collaboratively with the Local Level Alliance and other key stakeholders such as family members, counsellors, school/teachers, police, health professionals, community support services through negotiation of an intervention plan to meet the individual needs of the child, young person and their family;
- Work sensitively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, children, young people, families and communities to provide culturally inclusive services and achieve sustainable outcomes within a culturally safe environment;
- Assist to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in care. Work collaboratively with communities to keep children and families safe and connected to culture;
- Perform position responsibilities in accordance with the Sanctuary Model of Care framework.
Your experience and qualifications will include:
- Qualification in child and family welfare, social work, psychology, social sciences or a related discipline;
- Current driver’s licence;
- A good understanding of child development and trauma theory, to inform assessment and decision making;
- Demonstrated knowledge of and experience working with children and families exhibiting complex and multiple support needs;
- Demonstrated ability to engage effectively and sensitively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, together with a sound knowledge and understanding of both culture and societies and the issues which impact upon them in contemporary society;
- Intermediate computer skills with the ability to use Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint;
- Possess a current National Police Certificate – or the ability to acquire;
- Possess Working with Children (Blue Card) – or the ability to acquire.
To apply for this position please click the Apply Now button.
For further information, please contact Karen McCall on 07 4953 5097.
Applications will be assessed as they are received.
We actively encourage and invite applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for all our positions.