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Practice Lead, The Orange Door Child Wellbeing - Family Violence - Ballarat

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Wellbeing, safety and respect for all children and families is the Cafs (Child and Family Services) vision. An independent, community-owned and governed not-for-profit with no religious affiliations, Cafs provide services throughout the Ballarat, Hepburn, Moorabool, Ararat, Golden Plains and Pyrenees regions. Delivering a comprehensive range of programs to support children, families and individuals, their key services focus on early help and prevention, targeted support and ongoing assistance.

Cafs is one of the specialist providers of Men’s perpetrator and Child wellbeing services within The Orange Door. The Orange Door operates within an Integrated Practice Framework reinforced by Practice Leaders working collaboratively across the various specialist roles within the practice stream. This newly created position of Children and Young Person’s Practice Leader exists for a highly experienced individual to provide specific guidance and advice in relation to leading Children and Young person’s practice to identify and resolve clinical and practice lead issues. The Practice Leader will work collaboratively to engage with children and young people to ensure that their experiences and voices inform the service response in line with The Orange Door Service Model and Best Interests Case Practice Model.

Working collaboratively with other Practice Leads you will ensure consistent practice advice and approaches across The Orange Door programs by providing specialist and advanced practice leadership.

Your key areas of responsibility will include:

  • Developing and implementing practice guidance and advice relating to Children and Young People to ensure the best possible outcomes.
  • Providing case practice consultation and advice to practitioners, using reflective practice sessions, training programs and professional supervision.
  • Working alongside practice leaders, The Orange Door team and Hub practitioners to identify and resolve practice issues.
  • Assisting in the development of policies and procedures to refine them to support best outcomes for the client.
  • Facilitating group training.

As the Children and Young Person’s Practice Leader you will work collaboratively with other Practice Leads, Managers, Case Managers and Practitioners as well as external stakeholders. The ability to work alongside others, build trust, provide support, coaching and mentoring will be critical to your success in this role. You will have a strong background in the assessment of risks for children and understand the dynamics of working within this field including knowledge and understanding of current issues to help guide future planning, identify risks and opportunities.

A high degree of accountability, the ability to consider activities, decisions and outcomes from the client perspective and the ability to provide leadership are essential skills. You will be an exceptional listener who can bring people along on the journey and will be able to bring new ways of thinking to the table to create change and achieve enhanced client outcomes. A bachelor level qualification in Social Work, Welfare, Psychology or relevant field is required as a minimum plus substantial work experience in the sector is essential.

Cafs is proud to be an inclusive and equal opportunity organisation. They embrace it, value it, celebrate it and support it for the benefit of their employees, volunteers, service users and community. They welcome applications from a range of people including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, People with disabilities, LGBTIQ+ people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.


Please contact Ange Connor on 0407 833 152 for further information and to request a position description.

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