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Family Support Worker - Child and Family Intensive Support Service - Wadeye

Save The Children

In Save the Children Australia's newly funded Child and Family Intensive Support Service (CaFIS) in Wadeye, you'll work as part of a passionate local team, providing critical support for families of children who may be at risk. This is an exciting opportunity to use your skills and experience to make a difference.

Our cornerstone is our bicultural model, led by our local community family support staff along with the technical expertise provided by our on-site Family Support Workers. Our focus is on bicultural participation; that in developing effective working partnerships it is a 'two-way street'. We are committed to co-working arrangements, where our local Aboriginal staff and non-Aboriginal practitioners share a caseload, offering a practice model that respectfully engages clients and provides peer support for the practitioners.

Save the Children is no ordinary not-for-profit

We're ambitious, creative and outspoken. We stand up for children's rights. We want all children to be educated, healthy and live a life free from violence. In the Northern Territory, we support families by tackling issues at a community level to help children get the best start in life. See here for more information on our work across the Territory.

Where you come in

In this full-time, maximum term role (through to end of December 2023, with potential for extension), you'll collaborate with CaFIS team members to deliver family support services, where a child up to the age of 18 has been identified as experiencing or being at very high risk of experiencing neglect or have had contact with the child protection system. You'll work with the team to promote positive approaches to parenting and family wellbeing. Based in Wadeye, you'll be part of our NT Programs team and report to the Team Leader.

You will make an impact by:

  • Providing group and individual support to families from a child centred approach
  • Building strong, lasting connections with people from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds
  • Supporting families to access the assistance they need, when they need it
  • Actively encouraging vulnerable, detached or fearful families to engage with our programs
  • Establishing relationships with the local community to mobilise and build capacity
  • Collecting and recording data

Does this sound like you?

You're an enthusiastic and committed support worker with demonstrated experience in working alongside families to achieve agreed outcomes. Your highly developed cultural awareness and sensitivity, partnered with excellent communication skills, will enable you to build community networks and lasting relationships. You're resilient, not afraid of a challenge, and comfortable working in remote and rural settings.

This role requires:

  • Qualification in Counselling, Social Work, Health or relevant field (Bachelor's degree as minimum)
  • Previous experience in family support working with high-risk families
  • Experience working with families from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds
  • Ability to support and empathise with people, as well as build lasting connections
  • Ability to keep accurate records of work undertaken, including entering and maintaining information in an electronic database
  • A current valid driver's licence
  • Experience working in rural and remote communities would be preferable

Working at Save the Children is more than just a job

It's the feeling of knowing that your work is contributing to making the world a better place for children and working with others who feel the same. In addition to a connection to social causes, you will have access to:

  • Shared accommodation provided
  • Potential relocation assistance may be available, if relocating
  • Individual learning plans to assist in your career development
  • Internal employment and development opportunities
  • Friendly and flexible work environment
  • Award rate salary (slightly above SCHADS Level 4.1) plus fully salary packaging benefits
  • Professional supervision training and monthly supervision sessions

Sound interesting?

We'd love to hear from you. Submit your cover letter and resume by clicking the "Apply Now" button below.

Position Description - Family Support Worker CaFIS

For more information about the program and the team that the role will work in, see our Program Profile.

Save the Children is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with our obligations under occupational health and safety legislation. If you are successful in this role, prior to commencement of employment you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19, or that you have proof of medical exemption from the vaccine. Acceptable evidence of vaccination includes:

  1. COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGovaccount)
  2. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGovaccount) or
  3. A letter from the GP who vaccinated you.

At Save the Children, we seek a workforce that is as diverse as our society - in race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexuality, cultures and beliefs - and reflects the communities we work in. We believe diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our culture and core values and we demonstrate this commitment through all our employment practices. Our inclusive workplace culture contributes to making Save the Children a great place to work. We strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants to apply.

Save the Children Australia is a child-safe organisation. All employees are required to undergo a National Police Check, a Working with Children Check where necessary, and sign our Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct.

Save the Children Australia supports the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. If you are successful in your application, we will request consent to access HR held information pertaining to your last 5 years of employment. You can read about the Scheme and our commitment to Safeguarding here.

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