Stronger Families Worker

  • Base/Location:Njernda Aboriginal Corporation, Family Service Unit, 34 Annesley Street, Echuca
  • Reports To:Family Service Manager
  • Hours:Full Time
  • Award:
    Social, Community, Home Care, Disability Services Industry Award 2010 Level B5 with qualifications and/or experience.
  • Position Scope:

    The Njernda Aboriginal Corporation brings together a range of services for those who are economically and socially vulnerable in the community (children, young people, families, and people with disabilities, the ageing and the homeless).The Njernda Aboriginal Corporation works in partnership with Federal, State and local governments and with a range of Non-Indigenous organisations to make a real difference to the well-being of our Aboriginal community.The vision of the Njernda Aboriginal Corporation is to be an innovative, effective and responsive leader in improving the quality of family and community life in the Echuca Community.A goal of the Njernda Aboriginal Corporation is to be a leader in the care and protection of children and young people and in working with families and communities to build capacity, resilience and independence.The work of the Njernda Aboriginal Corporation is supported by a rigorous program of reform/training linked to clear priorities and values and underpinned by substantial investment in people and in their skills.

Organisational Values:
  • Professional Integrity

    We treat all our people with dignity and respect

  • Quality

    We always strive to do our best and improve the way we do things.

  • Responsibility

    We commit to the actions we take to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.

  • Client Focus

    We work toward improving the health and wellbeing of our clients and community.

 

 

Program Objectives:

The Stronger Families Worker will support families to consider the changes that need to occur for children to remain safe in their own homes. The position will provide intensive outreach and in-home support to families.

The Placement Prevention Program is a new project with the aim of increasing the health, wellbeing and safety of children and young people who might otherwise have been at risk of entering the Out of Home Care system.

The Stronger Families Worker will participate in comprehensive family assessments that identify the health, wellbeing and safety needs of the children involved, and that identify both the capacity and constraints of the families to make necessary changes.

PROGRAM DUTIES

Client Support

Participate in comprehensive family assessments that identify the health, wellbeing and safety needs of the children involved, and that identify both the capacity and constraints of the families to make necessary changes 

Support the strengthening of family connections, promoting placement prevention and promoting the safety of children, young people and parents 

To participate in the development of comprehensive family plans using a wrap around approach and participation in ongoing review and evaluation of family plans 

To actively participate in team work in a manner that ensures a co-ordinated approach to services for children, young people and their families 

To work in conjunction with existing services to ensure that referrals are responded to in a way that acknowledges the unique needs of each referral and situation by matching resources to referral information. 

To support a comprehensive assessment process that results in both high quality information for decision making and an increased understanding by the referred family about their situation, capacity and choices. 

Provide crisis support to clients engaged with the Stronger Families programs as needed

Ensuring that every plan is reviewed in the stated timeframe and appropriate actions are taken to ensure ongoing progress

Provide confidential client support to individuals and families to improve the safety, stability and developmental outcomes for child/ren

Support individuals and families wanting to make positive lifestyle changes

 

Communication and Reporting

Ensure that your client records are maintained with all relevant up to date information including client case notes and plan reviews

Ensure that when you are doing a home visit that you make the Family Services Manager aware when you are leaving and if you there are any risks with the client.

Ensure that your bimonthly reports are given to the Family Services Manager

Ensure that you record statistical data on client contacts and give statistic figures in your bimonthly reports

Ensure that you provide weekly running sheets to the Family Service Manager

Communicate with the Family Service Manager on all matters relating to the Stronger Families Program

 

Community Education and Support

Develop, facilitate and support family safety promotion and education opportunities for community

Develop resource kits for families

 

Liaison with key stakeholders and professional networking

Ensure effective ongoing liaison with partner agencies, key stakeholders, services and personnel

Participate on relevant interagency working committees

Conduct case conferencing when required with other agencies

Promote the Stronger Families Program and Njernda to relevant external agencies and key stakeholders

Be available for external consultation regarding the Stronger Families Program and Njernda services 

 

KEY SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Knowledge of child and adolescent development and strategies for working with vulnerable children, young people and their families
  • Experience and skill in rapid engagement and goal setting
  • Experience in assessment and development of measurable family care plans
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Understanding of aboriginal culture
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently plan and organise own workload
  • An ability to manage stressful situations
  • Data collection and record keeping skills
  • The ability to work as part of a team and a strong commitment to collaborative working relationships
  • Demonstrated negotiation and advocacy skills
  • Extensive conflict resolution experience

 

PREFERRED/DESIRED EDUCATION, TRAINING AND/OR COMPETENCIES

  • Tertiary degree or diploma with qualifications in the field of social work 
  • Tertiary qualifications relevant to working in the human services field

  

(Not Usual) WORKING CONDITIONS

 

These unusual conditions are to make you aware of potential situations; it by no means diminishes the liable responsibility of the Njernda Aboriginal Corporation should one of these unusual working conditions occur. 

 

Physical Demands - The Stronger Families Worker must be able to prioritise situations and manage time and may find that they are needed at irregular hours causing fatigue and stress. The Stronger Families Worker may experience stress and stress related symptoms due to interacting with clients in crisis. They may also have to manage physically threatening clients and be prepared to be responsible for their own safety, and the safety of others.

 

Environmental Conditions - The Stronger Families Worker may find their office to be busy with both scheduled and unscheduled clients. They may also have to enter client homes. The Stronger Families Worker must be ready to respond quickly and effectively to many types of situations, including crisis situations.

 

Response to crisis situations can be unpredictable, emotional and threatening.

 

Sensory Demands - The Stronger Families Worker will be in contact with individuals and families in crisis who may be ill, using substances and/or not attentive to personal health and safety for themselves or their homes. The Stronger Families Worker may experience a number of unpleasant sensory demands associated with mental unwell ness, and the lack of personal care.

 

Mental Demands - The Stronger Families Worker must monitor their own time and stress levels to ensure that they are able to effectively assist clients. Workers may find that they are continually interrupted and may have to quickly assess situations to respond appropriately. The workload may be unpredictable and difficult to manage at times. The Stronger Families Worker may be placed in a situation where his/her own life may be threatened as well as life-threatening situations for others such as instances of attempted suicide. They may experience significant emotional stress associated with his/her job.

 

 

Other relevant information

 

The successful applicant will be required to undergo satisfactory pre-employment checks, including providing at least two professional referees, completion of a medical declaration, Police Records Check, Working With Children Check, Victorian Driver’s License, and proof of identify and qualifications

Commitment to equal opportunity and occupational health and safety

principles and practices is required

You will need to disclose any pre-existing illness or injury you know about which could be affected by the described work duties. Under section 82 (7) of the Accident Compensation Act, failure to disclose such a pre-existing illness or injury will mean that, if employed, you will not be paid compensation for that condition.

 

Written applications should include a covering letter. Please include the names and telephone contacts of at least two referees.

All applications must address the key selection criteria and include a recent resume

If you require further information relating to the position you can contact Troy Egan on 0429 493 183

Please check the closing date to ensure your application is received within the specified time. Applications may be posted, emailed, hand delivered or faxed (provided that a hard copy is posted on the same day). 

Address your application marked “Private & Confidential” and forward to:

To: Troy Egan
HR Officer
Njernda Aboriginal Corporation
(PO Box 201)
Echuca Vic 3564

 

Email jobs@njernda.com.au

 

All applications close: Monday 28th January 2019. Please check the closing date to ensure your application is received within the specified time. Applications may be posted, emailed, hand delivered or faxed (provided that a hard copy is posted on the same day).

Applications may be posted, emailed, hand delivered or faxed (provided that a hard copy is posted on the same day).

 Stronger Families Duty Statement

 

 

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