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Family Preservation and Reunification Response Practitioners

Melbourne City Mission


We are a leading community support organisation working alongside people to live the life they aspire to, their way, providing a broad range of support in Homelessness, Disability, Palliative Care, Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECIS), and Early Years and Education service areas. A career with us means you are part of an organisation making a real difference.

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About the program

The Victorian Family Preservation and Reunification Response (the Response) is funded by the Victorian Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH). The Response enables progress toward the ‘Roadmap for Reform: Strong Families, Safe Children’ which outlines the Victorian Government’s strategy for the reform of the children, youth and family service system.

The Response is implemented by MCM in Western Metro and North/East Metro areas of Melbourne. Teams are placed within the Family Services area in the Homelessness and Family Services Portfolio. Teams support families where children are subject to an unborn report or are birth to 5-years of age.

About the role

The Response Practitioner will deliver rapid, culturally safe, flexible and intensive services to children and families using a case management and care team approach. This includes the provision of therapeutic and trauma-informed supports that engage the voice and choice, cultural identity and lived expertise of children and their families and carers. Response Practitioners will also work within a comprehensive evidence-based and monitoring and evaluation framework.

  • Rapidly engage families to provide intensive, therapeutic, trauma and evidence informed support that is centred around creating wellbeing and safety for the child, building parental/caregiver capacity and improving family functioning.
  • Provide high quality child-centred, family-focussed case management and casework to expectant parents and families with children aged 0 -5 years.
  • Undertake child and family assessments using evidence-based tools such as the Nursing Child Assessment Satellite Training, with a focus on strengths, needs and risks. The assessment will reflect the family’s motivation for change, known barriers, resources to build upon and child and family safety planning.
  • Monitor and review child and family assessments on an ongoing basis.
  • Develop and implement child and family action plans that build on child and family assessments and are tailored to the needs of participating families. Plans are to be co-developed with children (as appropriate), families and carers, care team members and other relevant professionals.

Skills and experience

  • A bachelor qualification in early childhood development, youth work, psychology, social work or related tertiary qualification.
  • Experience in family services, youth work, early childhood services, social work or a related field.
  • Sound understanding of the issues facing vulnerable parents which impact on their ability to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their children.
  • Sound understanding of child development and the factors that can impede a child’s healthy development.
  • Extensive experience in providing risk and needs assessment, intervention and risk management.
  • Significant experience in working with and providing active and assertive engagement in casework with children, young parents and their families, particularly for those with complex needs and those who are reluctant to accept services, especially young people.

For more information, including a position description, closing date and how to apply, please click “apply now” to be redirected to our website.

For more details or assistance with application submission please email: recruitment@mcm.org.au, using the subject line: FPRR Response Practitioner enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Applicants will be required to undergo a pre-employment safety screening process as part of the MCM selection process. Appointments to MCM roles will be subject to the following safety screening checks (as applicable to the role): National (and International if applicable) Police Check (which includes Proof of Identity Check), Victorian Employee Working with Children Check, NDIS Worker Screening Check, Right to Work in Australia and current and valid driver licence. All costs associated with safety checks (except National Police Check) will be at applicants’ expense.


At MCM, we embrace differences in gender, age, ethnicity, race, cultural background, disability, religion and sexual orientation. We know that diversity and inclusion helps us to attract, recruit, engage and retain a team of talented people. If you require specific support to apply for this position, please email recruitment@mcm.org.au.

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