Kinship First Supports Worker

  • Base/Location:Njernda Aboriginal Corporation Family Services Unit
  • Reports To:Out Of Home Care Team Leader
  • Hours:Full Time (37.5 hours per week)
  • Award:SCHADS Level 3
  • Position Scope:

    First Supports was launched as part of the new kinship care model. First Supports aims to support newly established kinship care placements through the provision of early comprehensive assessments, brokerage and access to increased supports.

Organisational Values:

 

  • CULTURAL SENSISTIVITYWelcoming and serving our community with understanding and without judgment
  • RESPECTEstablishing relationships based on respect and trust
  • ADVOCACYWorking to transform the disadvantaged and challenge the causes that impact on our community
  • RESILIENCE Encouraging cultural and spiritual growth to enable personal growth
  • ACCOUNTABILITYTaking ownership and initiative of Njernda values to ensure trusted collaborations are formed.

 

About Kinship care

The Kinship Care Program works in partnership with DHHS, Anglicare and other key stakeholders to assist in the provision of safe, relevant, culturally sensitive, and appropriate care to all Aboriginal children requiring out of home care.

 

Key Responsibilities:

Primary Responsibilities

The Kinship First Supports Worker is responsible for preparing Kinship comprehensive assessments and providing support to kinship placements within the Kinship Care First Supports program whilst working as a part of the wider Out of Home Care team. The role will assess and provide family services support to newly established carers and occasionally children and young people to promote stability, safety and developmental needs.

Case Management

  • Comprehensive assessments at the time kinship placements are first made, assisting Child protection to determine the suitability of the placement, and linking carers and children with a level of support specific to their need.
  • Provide financial support to carers through the early provision of flexible brokerage to address immediate material and financial needs.
  • Engage with a variety of carers of all ages build rapport and gain trust.
  • Analyse information; needs, risks, living conditions, significant disadvantage.
  • Build the capacity of the kinship carers to better understand and respond to the needs of the children and young people in their care, promoting their safety, stability and development through the provision of targeted family services support. Building the capacity of the kinship carers to better understand and respond to the needs of the children and young people in their care, promoting their safety, stability and development through the provision of targeted family support and services.
  • Liaising with the child/young person, family, caregiver family, and key internal and external stakeholders including DFFH to provide consultation, advice, support, supervision, direction and manage the child’s placement to maintain a quality service.
  • Identifying, negotiating and coordinating the delivery of services to meet the child’s needs, including respite services as appropriate.
  • Assessing newly established carers placements to identify support needs for the carer and the young person to ensure ongoing placement stability. Working closely with carers to provide support and supervision and to resolve any issues impacting on the carer’s capacity to meet the child’s ongoing safety, stability, and developmental needs.
  • Provide relevant information and support to children and young people, their families and other professionals and services.
  • Referring families to appropriate services based on client needs

Administration and Compliance    

  • Maintaining accurate and up to date file notes and provide other reports in relation to support and placements where necessary
  • Ensuring that all Occupational, health and safety risks are identified immediately with your line manager
  • Ensuring that you participate and attend all scheduled supervision appointments
  • Ensure that you participate in team meetings, staff meetings and other community activities as requested
  • Ensure that you adhere to legislative requirements.
  • Participate within the team to ensure performance against expectations including performance management and staff development, in accordance with NAC’s policies and procedures.
  • Ensure that all staff are provided with and operate in a safe environment in accordance with NAC’S O H & S policies and procedures.
  • Participate in Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) activities

 

Key Selection Criteria:

Applicants must possess:

Required Education, Experience, and Competencies

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community including issues that have an impact on the safety and well-being of Aboriginal children and young people, including intergenerational trauma
  • Strong collaboration skills and ability to work closely with Child Protection, as well as internal and other external stakeholders.
  • Good organisational skills including ability to prioritise and work to deadlines
  • Demonstrated knowledge of trauma, child development and attachment theories
  • Well-developed verbal and written communication skills including experience in effective problem solving, dispute resolution and advocacy for clients, report writing, case notes, incident reports and the use of a range of electronic data systems
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully work as part of a team and the capacity to work flexible hours according to work demands
  • Understanding of the frameworks and legislation relevant to children in alternative care.
  • Knowledge of child protection issues in relation to children ‘at risk’

 Preferred/Desired Education, Training and/or Competencies

  • Formal Qualification in Community Services discipline or equivalent

 Other relevant information

  • Appointment is subject to a satisfactory Police check & Working with Children check.
  • Commitment to equal opportunity and occupational health and safety

Principles and practices are 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
    • resumes and must
    • address the selection criteria otherwise interview will not be given
    • Please include the names and telephone contacts of at least two referees and forward to:

All applicants must address the Key Selection Criteria and include a recent resume

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

 

HR Manager

Njernda Aboriginal Corporation

307 High St, Echuca Vic 3564

PO Box 201, Echuca Vic 3564

Email             jobs@njernda.com.au

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).

All applications close: 22nd Jul 2023

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