Senior Early Parenting Practitioner

Dandenong location

Part time, 0.8FTE, 4 day's per week

Fixed term until June 2020


For 100 years the Queen Elizabeth Centre (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. QEC advocates child focused and family-centred practices underpinned by a philosophy that family is the principal source of care for children, offering services and programs that are culturally relevant and accessible to all clients. 

These programs may include a one, five or ten day residential program at QEC Noble Park, intensive in home support or involvement in a ten week, or ongoing group program. The team at QEC also work with the families to connect them to services and support in their own communities.

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, consistent 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 Senior Early Parenting Practitioner (SEPP) 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 continue until the child reaches 4 years of age.  The Cradle to Kinder program is a partnership between QEC and the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency.

As a Cradle to Kinder SEPP, you will provide child-centred family focused case support to vulnerable young mothers and their children; undertake assessments; and provide a family casework service, working in partnership with families to achieve their goals.  You will also work within a transdisciplinary team; participate in community education and community development strategies.  You will enjoy a professional and supportive team environment and access to evidence-informed best-practice training and development opportunities.


To be considered for this role, you will have:

Tertiary qualification in Early Childhood Development, Infant Mental Health Social Work or equivalent, at diploma level or higher.

Experience in working with vulnerable young people who have been in out-of-home-care, who have learning difficulties and/or are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Sound understanding of the Child Protection system and child welfare work and an understanding of the social context of child abuse and neglect

Sound understanding of child development and the factors that can impede on a child's development

Highly developed skills and experience in risk and needs assessments and risk management


In return you will be offered a great working environment, excellent training and support, use of a company vehicle for work related activities, mobile and laptop (during work hours), attractive hourly rate, salary packaging and a strong supportive team.


Applications addressing the key selection criteria can be forwarded to The Coordinator, People and Culture by COB Tuesday 22nd January 2019.  A position description including selection criteria refer to 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.