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Specialist Family Violence Child Protection Practitioner

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 role is based in Geelong, however you will initially commence working a combination of remotely from home and in the DHHS office due to coronavirus (COVID-19). You must have a confidential space within your home and reliable internet connection to work remotely.

The Specialist Family Violence Practitioner is a senior practitioner with extensive knowledge of family violence and/or child protection. The position 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 and to promote Child Protection’s improved understanding of the dynamics of family violence, including perpetrator’s pattern of coercive control and behaviours. As a senior practitioner, the position is designed to influence and build the capacity of the Child Protection and family violence services responses, understanding and relationships and to ensure high quality service delivery and support is being provided to clients.

About You

You will be a values driven person, motivated to make a difference and you hold the client at the centre of everything you do. A highly qualified and experienced family violence specialist, you will have qualifications in psychology, social work or a related field and have proven experience and passion for leadership and capacity building as well as having advanced knowledge regarding gender based violence and child protection practice. You can demonstrate your ability to build collaborative partnerships with professionals and your strategic approach to strengthening pathways for better outcomes. You thrive working both autonomously and collaboratively within a dynamic, team environment.  The successful candidate will be required to maintain a current Working With Children’s check and National Police Check at their own expense.

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

During COVID 19, The Sexual Assault and Family Violence is providing numerous engagement opportunities for staff to ensure they feel supported whilst working from home, These engagement opportunities include:

  • Regular communications such as a weekly staff newsletter and fortnightly CEO update
  • Organisation wellness channel; virtual afternoon teas, walking meetings, care packages and social initiatives

How To Apply

To apply, please go to our website at www.safvcentre.org.au to view the relevant 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 People and Culture on 03-5222 4318.

In line with the Government’s coronavirus (COVID-19) health and safety requirements, The Sexual Assault and Family Violence Centre’s application assessment processes will be facilitated remotely using various online platforms, where possible. Induction processes will be completed online for those who are successful in securing a position with our organisation

We are currently accepting applications from direct applicants only, no recruitment agency applications accepted.

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 o 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 fixed term for 10 months (parental leave cover), dependent on the continuation of funding to the service.

  • Hours of Work
    • The position is full time.
    • Location of the position is at the Geelong DHHS office and the Geelong SAFV Centre office one day per week.
    • 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 range is $97,815.64 – $101,899.20 plus superannuation (pro rata for part time).

    Salary will be commensurate with experience and skills. 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

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.

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