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Specialist Family Violence Child Protection Practitioner – Footscray

About The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre

We are a leading organisation offering a comprehensive suite of services to clients and the community across the Barwon, West Melbourne and Wimmera Regions. Providing specialist sexual assault and family violence programs and services, including 24 hour crisis care support, case management, therapeutic counselling, early intervention and professional education and training, we continue to grow and develop our offerings.

About The Role

This Specialist Family Violence Child Protection Practitioner is a senior practitioner with extensive knowledge of family violence and/or child protection. The role is co-located at the Footscray DHHS office with a portfolio focusing on greater Geelong. The role will also require attendance in our Geelong office as arranged with the Manager. The role is responsible for providing operational and strategic advice to Child Protection practitioners and their managers who undertake investigations of families where a child is or may be in need of protection due to family violence. The position is designed to influence and build the capacity of the Child Protection and family violence services responses, understanding and relationships.  In addition, the role is responsible to assist Child Protection in the conduct of investigations and supporting plan development.

About You

With degree qualifications in social work, welfare or psychology, you will be able to demonstrate experience working in the family violence service system as a senior practitioner with leadership or supervisory experience. You will be passionate about capacity building and have advanced knowledge regarding gender based violence and child protection practice. You will be able to demonstrate your capability to build partnerships and collaborate across Child Protection and the family violence sector, to provide specialist advice to Child Protection practitioners and to strengthen pathways and build capacity between Child Protection and Family Violence services.

If you share our vision for a community free from family violence and sexual assault and are motivated to make a difference, we would like to hear from you.  We pride ourselves on being a great place to work. You care for our clients and we care for you, including by investing in your development and wellbeing. You will have access to leading specialists and training and development that supports you in your role and in your longer term career journey. We offer a variety of career pathway options, leading salary packaging benefits and flexible working arrangements that help you manage your work and your life.

Why work for The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre?

The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre takes pride in being an employer of choice; we are passionate about the wellbeing of our team members and we provide a number of complementary benefits to our staff, some of our benefits include:

Generous above award Enterprise Agreement entitlements

  • Flexible and part time working arrangements
  • Professional development opportunities
  • 10 weeks Paid parental leave
  • Salary packaging

Health and Wellbeing initiatives

  • Flu vaccinations
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Weekly delivery of fruit
  • Pet friendly environment
  • Internal book exchange program
  • Social initiatives
  • Positive workplace culture

How To Apply

To apply, please go to our website at www.safvcentre.org.au/careers to view the position description and submission requirements. All applications must address the key selection criteria outlined in the PD. Applications should be sent to [email protected]. For a confidential discussion, please contact Kelly Wickham on 03 5222 4318.

The SAFV Centre complies with the Chief Health Officer directions employees and students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they are an Excepted Person as defined by the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions. All applicants and students must therefore be able to comply with this requirement.

Key Selection Criteria

  • Essential Qualifications and Experience
    • A degree in social work or related community services discipline is essential.
    • A minimum of three years experience working in the family violence service system as a senior practitioner with leadership or supervisory experience.
  • Essential Skills and Knowledge
    1. Capacity and desire to support improved engagement by Child Protection with both victims and perpetrators.
    2. Demonstrated knowledge and high level understanding of: o the perpetrator’s pattern of coercive control and its impact on children and the ability of the protective parent to safely parent; o mechanisms to restore and enhance safe, child-centred parenting; and o the capacity to use this knowledge to assist Child Protection achieve improved client and system outcomes.
    3. A sound knowledge of local family violence support services and approaches in the local area.
    4. An established strong working relationship with Child Protection is desirable.
    5. Demonstrated understanding of the Family Violence Protection Act 2008, the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005, Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014, the Health Records Act 2001, the CRAF and Victoria Police Code of Practice.
    6. Understanding of how to engage with perpetrators or with services working with perpetrators of family violence for the purpose of service linkage and referral.
    7. Demonstrated experience in developing and maintaining relationships with other stakeholders in a multi-disciplinary environment including capacity to problem solve and negotiate with other professionals.
    8. Highly developed written and oral communication skills including: o a demonstrated high level of skill in accurately recording data, correspondence and reporting; and providing written and oral evidence to the Children’s Court of Victoria, the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria and other relevant courts and tribunals.
    9. Use a range of IT/web-based applications to manage workflow in accordance with organisational guidelines and privacy principles.
    10. Keep accurate and complete records of your work activities in accordance with organisational requirements, information security and privacy policies and requirements.
  • Other
    • Commitment to the vision, philosophy, aims and objectives of the The SAFV Centre, including working within a collaborative and integrated team environment.
    • Commitment to continuous quality improvement and cultural equity in service delivery.
    • Current Victorian Driver’s Licence.
  • Referees

    Applicants must provide the name and current contact details of 2-3 professional referees including the most recent or current supervisor.

  • Period of Appointment

    This position is ongoing, dependent on the continuation of funding to the service.

  • Hours of Work
    • The position is full time, 38 hours per week
    • Location of the position is at the Footscray DHHS office and the Geelong office as arranged with the Manager.
    • Hours will usually be worked during normal business hours of 9:00am to 5:06pm.
    • Flexibility in working hours will be required from time to time as the need arises.
    • The days are based on the needs of the service;
    • Flexibility in working hours will be required from time to time as the need arises.
  • Salary and Conditions

    Annual salary is $100,260.16 – $104,446.68 plus superannuation.

    Industrial Instrument: The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre Enterprise Agreement 2018.

    Salary Packaging: Provided via Maxxia.  PBI status with other expenses available to package above this cap. The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre is a Public Benevolent Institution.

    Superannuation: The employer will also make superannuation payments on your behalf in accordance with the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992.

    Probationary Period – 6 months with a review conducted during this time

  • Employee Responsibility – Mandatory prior to commencement

    Employee expense:

    • Valid Working with Children Check
    • National Police Records Check – renewed every 3 years of employment at employee expense

    The SAFV Centre complies with the Chief Health Officer directions employees and students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they are an Excepted Person as defined by the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions. All applicants and students must therefore be able to comply with this requirement.

This position description is subject to review and may change in accordance with the needs of our organisation; including our operations, our clients and our stakeholders.

The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of the land we stand on. We are committed to working toward creating a community where all people indigenous and non-indigenous are safe, connected and empowered to live well. The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre recognises the diverse needs of our community and we ensure our services are inclusive of all children, young people and their families including those who are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, those who identify as LGBTIQ and persons living with disability. We work collaboratively with people and partner organisations who also support our diverse client group. Interpreter and translator services are available to all our clients upon request.

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