Full time, Monday to Friday
Fixed term contract until June 2020
For 100 years QEC has provided specialised care, support and guidance to help parents manage the many challenges that arise during early parenthood, from before birth until 48 months. Many of our families are exposed to serious adversity including family violence, trauma, alcohol and substances abuse and mental health problems leading to reduced capacity to provide safe, consisted parenting. Our programs support families to achieve better life outcomes for their children, transform and develop family resilience, community connections and develop stronger social capital, major determinants of individual and community health.
The Case Worker is responsible for supporting vulnerable families in the Cradle to Kinder program: an intensive long-term ante and post-natal family support and early parenting service for vulnerable young mothers and their children. Cradle to Kinder services commence in pregnancy and continues until the child reaches 4 years of age. The Cradle to Kinder program is delivered through Child First (The Orange Door since late 2018) partnership of agencies and comprises staff from QEC, Anglicare Victoria and Quantum.
This is a pilot project designed to specifically address the needs of the Cradle to Kinder program and its locality. As the Case Worker, you will be responsible for delivering a family case work service, working in partnership with families to achieve their goals and enhance the child/children’s development and family functioning. The role will also be responsible for ensuring the safety of all family members including reducing risks to children’s safety and wellbeing. You will work within a trans-disciplinary team, participate in community education and community development strategies that strengthens and improves the service system for excluded families.
To be considered for this role, you will have:
Tertiary qualification in Social Work, Psychology or equivalent
Demonstrated experience in case managing families and children experiencing vulnerability
Excellent practice experience and theoretical understanding of the issues facing highly vulnerable young parents in their ability to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their children, particularly the priority access groups for C2K
Experience in empowering young parents to access relevant services to address underlying vulnerabilities and risk factors, such as mental health, drug and alcohol use, housing and family violence.
This is a unique and rewarding role that would suit an experienced practitioner interested in the field of early parenting. You will enjoy a professional and supportive team environment and access to evidence-informed best-practice training and development opportunities. You will have use of a company vehicle for work related activities, mobile and laptop (during work hours). A competitive salary is on offer along with attractive salary packaging and family friendly hours.
Applications addressing the key selection criteria can be forwarded to People and Culture firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 1st April, 2019. For further information, please contact People and Culture on 9549 2741.
Appointment is subject to a current immunisation certificate, satisfactory police check and Working with Children Check.
QEC employees are required to comply with the Victorian Public Sector Code of Conduct and the Victorian Child Safe Standards.