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Cultural Engagement Practitioner

The Benevolent Society are expanding their Child and Family services to South Australia and offer a unique opportunity to make a difference through the Resilient Families Program. Resilient Families is a therapeutic, evidence informed program designed to provide 12-month, intensive, in-home support to families with at least one child aged 9 years and under. This is an innovative funding model developed in partnership with the South Australian Government. The Benevolent Society is the first organisation to deliver this program in South Australia.

Your new role:

As part of our Resilient Families team, you will be integral in helping us build genuine and trusted partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, elders and community. You will provide guidance around and assist our team in providing culturally appropriate and safe environments and help to build our cultural competence.Working in a multidisciplinary team, you will to engage and support Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander families make different choices for their children.

You will undertake an assessment of family strengths, needs and desired outcomes, create a case plan and link them with appropriate networks. You will honor, respect and incorporate children and families culture in all aspects of practice and service delivery. You will develop and manage relationships with the local community and other stakeholders to improve outcomes for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander families.

Terms: Permanent part time role (0.4 FTE) available at Melrose Park, Adelaide This role may be considered on a full time basis as a dual role Cultural Engagement Coordinator / Child & Family Practitioner (additional requirements apply)

More benefits

  • We support you to work flexibly; from home, other hubs or flexible hours 
  • We set you up for success with a buddy, structured orientation & mobile tools
  • We celebrate the best live moments; the small acts that make a difference within our teams and with our clients
  • Self care is important; purchase additional leave
  • Salary packaging, meals and entertainment card and discount program available
  • Pool cars available

The Benevolent Society considers that being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational requirement under s14 of the Anti-Discrimination Act NSW 1977.   

What you need to succeed?

You must identify as a member of the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community and

  • Be recognised as a respected, culturally safe person
  • Demonstrate a respectful approach to working with community, Traditional Owners and Elders
  • Experience working with children and families in safety and/or well-being context
  • Ability to contribute to culturally safe case management planning, risk assessments and safety planning
  • High level written and verbal communication, it’s important to document our work
  • Tertiary qualification and experience in child protection is highly desirable but not mandatory 
  • Current driver’s license (pool cars are available so you don’t need to use your own vehicle)

Interested? Apply online today!

Call Jessica Lewy on 0400 949 118 to discuss the role in more detail.

Position Description

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).