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Family Violence Senior Practitioner - Alexis Response Model - Hastings / Somerville

Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand

Our three-year strategy outlines the world we want to see and our role advancing in it. It also speaks to the positive impact we will deliver to support women, girls and families to be safe, secure, strong and connected. We are committed to tackling the issues of our time which adversely affect them. We work to advance equity and social justice and support our communities to thrive.

We seek to increase economic participation and wellbeing, to build resilience, improve safety and bring about system change. We offer microfinance programs and products, financial counselling and coaching, family violence support, parenting programs and playgroups, education programs and community houses. These services are complemented by research and advocacy to address the underlying structural causes of injustice, exclusion, and inequality.

About the role

  • Full-Time, Ongoing
  • Somerville/Hastings

This position will provide a specialist response to repeat and chronic issues of family violence, as identified through police L17s from within police Division 4 or identified by the Family Violence Investigation Unit. The Senior Practitioner will have an understanding of compounding issues and complexities of family violence including mental health, drug and alcohol, identification of child abuse and/or neglect, housing insecurity etc. and will understand the referral pathways into appropriate services.

About you

  • A degree level qualification in Social Work, Psychology, or a related discipline is essential as well as significant experience in direct family violence case management in accordance with REC 209
  • Demonstrated understanding of family violence principles including risk assessment and safety planning, including the ability to assess and respond to the risk and impact of family violence, neglect and abuse of child victim survivors
  • Demonstrated ability to pro-actively engage victim survivors of family violence who have barriers to engaging with, and/or are reluctant to engage with support services
  • Demonstrated experience in managing complex presentations, case planning and development including the provision of crisis responses
  • Ability to keep accurate, contemporaneous records, file notes and electronic records in accordance with Good Shepherd policy and DFFH standards
  • A satisfactory Police Check including any additional security checks required for a position located within the Victoria Police Somerville Police Complex
  • A Victorian Driving Licence
  • A current Employee Working with Children’s Check (WWCC)
  • Evidence of Covid-19 vaccination, or medical exemption

Minimum Mandatory Qualifications Requirements

The minimum mandatory qualifications requirements are in place in Victoria and have been since the 1st of July 2021. These are available here

Please contact us on recruitment@goodshep.org.au, using the subject line: Family Violence Senior Practitioner - Alexis Response Model - Hastings / Somerville enquiry via EthicalJobs,  if you have any questions about these requirements.

Why Good Shepherd?

At Good Shepherd, each member of our team is valued, we strive to support people to grow both personally and professionally. We offer generous conditions and flexible working hours to support employees to balance their personal and work life.

Benefits include:

  • Salary packaging (which can add up to $15,900 in tax-free pay per year)
  • Paid study leave
  • Paid parental leave
  • Gifted leave at Christmas and Easter
  • Additional purchased annual leave
  • Flexible work hours/working from home where possible
  • Long service leave due after 10 years, with access after seven
  • Employee Assistance Program, a free and confidential counselling service

To find out more about the role and to review the position description please see the attached file.

To submit your application, click Apply Now. 

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