- Melbourne • CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne
- Job posted on: 17th Oct 2021
- Applications close:
The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare (the Centre) is a not-for-profit peak body for child and family service organisations in Victoria. We advocate for children, young people and families and provide training, research and networking opportunities to the sector. We focus on the voices of young people in foster, kinship and residential care in Victoria, as well as working on larger Federal campaigns around equality.
The Centre is committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace, and to the health, wellbeing and cultural safety of our staff. We encourage applicants of any background, culture, gender, and experience to apply – we don’t discriminate. We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Residential care workers within the Out of Home Care (OOHC) sector are vulnerable to Occupational Violence and Aggression (OVA) from children and young people in their care. The children and young people’s behaviour may be affected by trauma from exposure to abuse and neglect and is often exacerbated by substance abuse and clinical conditions. Workers compensation claims within the OOHC sector have increased by 24% in the last year compared to 4% across the healthcare industry.
To address this, WorkSafe Victoria (WorkSafe) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) have funded the Centre to undertake a two-year project – ‘The Residential Care Sector OHS Capability Program’ to develop a Safety Leadership Program to address occupational violence and aggression with the residential care sector. This includes the development of an evidence based and co-designed Safety Leadership Framework, Leadership Survey supported by a leadership feedback process, program including online learning and face-to face workshops. The program aims to undertake healthy, safe, and meaningful participation with sector leaders, which makes a difference in the health, safety and wellbeing of their staff leading positive outcomes for children and young people in care.
The Senior Project Manager will lead the 2-Year Residential Care Sector OHS Capability Program which started in 2021 in the development and implementation of initiatives and projects, including the development of supporting procedure and policy, and will drive acceptance into the business and across a number of key stakeholder groups. This work will fall under the direction of the Director, Strategic Innovation to support delivery of operational interventions and safety improvement programs with employers in the child and family services sector as part of the Strategic Partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services and WorkSafe Victoria.
The successful applicant will have (desirable):
Skills and Experience (desired)
Please contact Padraic Keyes should you have further questions on 03 9094 3544.
A position description is attached.