Case Practitioner Aboriginal Children in Aboriginal Care (ACAC)

  • Base/Location:Njernda Family Services, 103 Hare Street, Echuca
  • Reports To:Manager Family Services
  • Hours:Full Time 37.5 hours per week
  • Award:Salary SCHARDS Level 4
  • Position Scope:

    Njernda is the Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (ACCO) in the Loddon area with the cultural responsibility and authority for Yorta Yorta children and young people. The ACAC program operates under section 18 of the Children Youth and Families Act 2005 giving the Aboriginal Organisation control of Child Protection Orders for specific children. Practice is guided by the Child Youth and Families Act of 2005 and in part Best Interest Case Principles and Aboriginal Placement principles. The Case Managers will be part of a team involved in the challenging role of:
    • Being a part of groundbreaking work in supporting Aboriginal children and their families.
    • Creatively work to find solutions for children and their families
    • Access to quality training in line with Victoria’s Child Protection workforce
    • Unique experience of statutory work within an Aboriginal context
    • Work in a supportive and friendly team environment

Organizational Values

Establishing relationships based on respect and trust
Taking ownership and initiative of Njernda values to ensure trusted collaborations are formed
Encouraging cultural and spiritual growth to enable personal growth
Working to transform the disadvantage and challenge that causes impact on our community
Cultural Sensitivity
Welcoming and serving our community with understanding and without judgement

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. Case Managers will embrace Njernda’s vision for empowering our Aboriginal community and the organisation’s values.


Key Responsibilities

• Work collaboratively and with a solution focus with vulnerable families and children involved in Statutory Child Protection Program in their healing journey.
• Interventions will be guided by the Best Interest Case Practice Model; taking inconsideration the need to protect the child from harm, protect their human rights, and will promote their development.
• Support families and children to build cultural connections in the community.
• Provide professional, effective and timely case management which will include conducting home visit and provide contact opportunities for children with their families. Contact may include the transporting the child.
• Involve families and child in case planning and decision making.
• Utilise resources when working with families including the practice manual.
• Prepare plans, letters, emails and reports and write case notes using clear, concise and grammatically correct language. Ensure written communications contains necessary information to achieve their purpose.
• Support the child and families to access services by referring to other Njernda services or mainstream services to support a family to meet their goals.
• Manage competing demands able to negotiate and provide advocacy for children and their families.
• Able to be flexible and work after hours.
• Participate in Supervision with a focus on professional development, accountability and worker self-care.
• Participate in training to develop practice.


Key Selection Criteria

Applicants must possess:
• An understanding of the legislative framework of the Children’s Youth and families Act 2005 and the core principles of the Act.
• Understands the risks factors that place a child art risk of abuse or neglect and is able to articulate risk verbally and written to a range of stakeholders including the parent, children and other professionals.
• Works confidently with Aboriginal child/ren and families to promote safety and culture. Understands child development stages within a child’s life, and attachment and trauma theories when assessing risk.
• Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the issues relating to families who come in contact with Child Protection.
• Experience in care and case planning able to set goals and tasks to address risks.
• Practice guided by the Best Interest Practice Framework is child centred and family focussed, working towards solutions and healing.
• Good written and verbal skills able to write reports maintain records.

Personal Qualities:
• Ability to achieve results – takes initiative to proactively crating solutions and solving of problems
• Decisiveness – Makes rational and sound decisions based on consideration and facts
• Resilient – responds thoughtfully, seeks guidance, communicates effectively. when working with children and families in crisis and who have experienced trauma.
• Adaptable – willing to learn

Qualifications & Experience
• A recognised Social Work Degree or Diploma of Community Services qualification which includes:
(a) primary focus on child development, human behaviour, family dynamics and/or impacts of trauma; and
(b) preferably a practical component such as counselling or case work practice

Commitment to Safety:

All children have the right to be children and live free of abuse and neglect, so they can grow, learn, and develop. Everyone within Njernda is responsible for ensuring a culture of child safety; preventing child abuse and abiding by the Child Safety Principles


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.


To be Eligible for an Interview

The Applicant MUST address the Key Selection Criteria and include a recent resume.  Written applications should include a covering letter. Please include the names and telephone contacts of at least two referees. 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” to:

Corporate Services Manager
Njernda Aboriginal Corporation
P.O. Box 21 Echuca Vic 3564

All applications close: 10th Jun 2022

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