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Child & Family Practitioner

We are excited to be a provider of an innovative new service Functional Family Therapy – Child Welfare. In partnership with FaCS this service aims to shape how our sector works with families in the future.

What’s different?

You can find out more here.

The Functional Family Therapy – Child Wellbeing framework provides clinical therapeutic treatments within a child protection context, to address underlying causes of drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness and domestic violence that results in harm to children, young people and families.  The aim is to achieve sustained behavioural change in families, reducing referral to out of home care and keeping families together. Program model adherence is crucial to the success of this program.

FaCS has selected this approach based on its international success with increasing children’s safety and keeping more families together. It’s proven to make a real difference to families within the statutory child protection system.

Your role

Firstly you will be fully trained in the Functional Family Therapy framework and will have access to ongoing training and support.

You will support clients to embed changes particularly behavioural changes and plan for potential challenges that families may face in the future. Critical to the success of the program will be documenting your activity to ensure we can measure the impact of the frameworks within the Australian market and shape future practice standards across the sector.

Terms: 12 month contract based in Hurstville

Your experience

You will have a tertiary qualification in Social Work, Welfare, Psychology, Counselling or related discipline and:

  • Experience working with at risk children, young people and/or families in a child protection or counselling role
  • Ability to actively engage, assess and work alongside at risk families using a strengths based approach
  • A clear understanding of child protection issues and the capacity to identify when the level or risk requires statutory child protection intervention
  • Excellent relationship building skills and experience engaging with reluctant clients
  • Desire and confidence to learn new practices and immediately implement techniques with clients

Your benefits

  • Salary packaging
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Novated leases
  • Accrued days off
  • Long service leave after 5 years & more!

Interested? Apply online today!

Call Dimitra Kouta on 8778 0600 to discuss the role in more detail. Closing date 21 June 2019.

Position profile

We welcome diversity in all its forms; applications from underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged. We value relationships with our local Aboriginal community and welcome applications from its members.

We see ability not disability, if you identify as a person with a different ability please get in contact.

Successful candidates will be required to clear probity checks including National Criminal History Record Check and Working with Children Check or similar (where relevant to the role).