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Practitioner - Family Preservation and Reunification

MacKillop Family Services

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

We are looking for compassionate people that can be positive role models, give emotional support and are capable of building trust and rapport with staff and young people within our Family Preservation & Reunification Program.

Multiple Full-Time Fixed (until 23/09/2022 with the potential for ongoing) opportunities based in South Melbourne, VIC.

Our offer:

  • Generous Salary Packaging up to $18,500 (helps increase your take home pay)
  • Ongoing Training and Development
  • Study Leave for ongoing employees
  • Career Development
  • Click HERE to find out more about becoming a member of the MacKillop Family Services team and what further support we have to offer our employees

Position Purpose:

This position is situated within the Southern Melbourne Catchment which covers the Local Government Areas of Casey, Cardina & Dandenong.

The Victorian Family Preservation and Reunification Response (the Response), has been funded by the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing. It was co-designed with representatives from the child and family services sector to be implemented in 2020-21 by Victorian registered children and family service providers.

The Response includes an initial intensive intervention phase, delivered through a mobile and integrated approach, followed by a sustained service support phase, aimed at preventing at-risk children entering or re-entering care. The Response will link to, align with, and build on (and not duplicate) existing child and family services within the broader service system, providing an enhanced continuum of care across the state. It will be evaluated and continuously developed to enhance the Family Preservation and Reunification (FPR) evidence-base for Victorian child and family services (including Child Protection).

The model is an integrated and evidence-based/evidence-informed approach to supporting and problem solving with families and preventing children and young people’s re/entry to out of home care. The team will work as a cohesive whole and report directly to the FPR Senior Practitioner.

Primary Objectives:

The FPR team will bring an innovative and wrap around service that will work with the whole family system.

Key Selection Criteria:

The incumbent will have:

The role requires appropriate tertiary qualifications. Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Child Development, Psychology or a related subject area preferred, or a Diploma level relevant qualification with significant professional experience. The role will require flexibility therefore it is essential that the successful applicant’s life circumstances are sufficiently flexible to undertake this role.

For a full listing please view Position Description.

You must have a:

  • Proof of vaccination against Covid-19
  • Valid and current Driver’s Licence
  • Satisfactory Criminal History Check
  • Valid Working with Children Check
  • Valid and current NDIS Workers Screening Check

The Australian Government recently introduced the NDIS Worker Screening Check, an additional, national legislated compliance requirement to determine if a person is cleared to work with people with disability. MacKillop requires all client facing staff obtain the NDIS Worker Screening Check. An employment application will require the submission of evidence that this check has been attained or an application has been submitted. For more information and how to apply please view:

Victoria: Department of Justice and Community Safety

Please make sure you address the selection criteria as outlined in the PD as part of your application.

For more information, please contact:

Erin Carolan at erin.carolan@mackillop.org.au using the subject line: Practitioner - Family Preservation and Reunification enquiry via EthicalJobsor on 0409 562 705.

It is our goal that MacKillop Family Services continues to evolve as a culturally safe, culturally competent, and welcoming organisation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people, families, and communities.

Shortlisting for this position may commence immediately so please submit your application as soon as possible.

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