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Practitioner Family Preservation and Reunification Response - Wodonga / Wangaratta

Upper Murray Family Care

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children, young people and their families in our community?

UMFC currently has an opportunity for appropriately qualified people to apply for the above full-time (part-time by negotiation) ongoing position based in Wodonga/Wangaratta.

UMFC Child and Family Services (CAFS) is made up of Family Services, Specialised Programs and Preschool Field Officers, supports vulnerable children, young people and their families. The service provides an entry point for vulnerable children and families to access the range of services and supports they need to build the capacity of the family to support their children's healthy development. Intensive casework and case coordination, sometimes in collaboration with other services, has the aim of strengthening the capacity of families to promote the safety, stability and development of their children and young people.

The Victorian Family Preservation and Reunification Response (the Response) is funded by the Victorian Department of Families, Fairness and Housing. 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 an innovative approach to delivering relational, evidence-informed and coordinated support to vulnerable children and families through a strengthened partnership with Child Protection
  • Embeds evidence-informed practices such as The Common Elements Framework to promote strong families - with children who are safe, health and resilient, and thriving; and parents and caregivers who are supported to create a safe and nurturing home environment
  • Provides responsive, intensive and sustainable support to children and families where children are at imminent risk of entry to care or where safe and rapid reunification is appropriate.

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.

About you

For this role, you will need to have a tertiary qualification in Social Sciences, Social Work, Psychology, Welfare or equivalent and the experience to back it up.

If the idea of making a difference in your community where it's needed most resonates with you, don't delay - apply now.

If you are passionate about strengthening families and individuals to build vibrant communities and have the values of respect, excellence, justice and honesty then you would be the perfect fit for us!


Your application must include a cover letter and responses to the key selection criteria (as one document), a current curriculum vitae including qualifications, professional affiliations and employment history; the names and contact details of three recent referees.

Please note, if you are successful, you will need to go through the following:

  • Undergo and pass a National Police Check prior to commencement (completed and paid for by UMFC
  • International Police Check if relevant
  • Provide evidence and maintain a Victorian & NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC)

Further enquiries to Connie Cudini, Principal Practice Leader, Child & Family Services on 02 6055 8000 or to conniecudini@umfc.com.au using the subject line: Practitioner Family Preservation and Reunification Response - Wodonga / Wangaratta enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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