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Placement Prevention & Reunification Practitioner

Advertiser: Ballarat & District Aboriginal Co-operativeMore jobs from this company

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Job Listing Date
15 Sept 2020
Ballarat & Central Highlands
Work Type
Part Time
Community Services & Development, Child Welfare, Youth & Family Services

Ballarat & District Aboriginal Co-operative (BADAC)

Established in 1979 by the Ballarat Aboriginal community in the Ballarat district, BADAC’s vision is to be the strongest voice and presence in the Ballarat area, supporting and respecting their people, enhancing our community, growing their culture and honouring their heritage. BADAC is the Aboriginal Community-Controlled Organisation (ACCO) for the Ballarat and District area, covering 4 local government areas (LGAs). The organisation is extremely proud of the contribution and support they have provided the local Aboriginal community over the past 40 years delivering a comprehensive range of health, social, welfare and community development programs to local Aboriginal people.


Our vision

Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative exists to achieve self-determination for the Aboriginal community, enabling stronger families by ensuring equal opportunities in health, housing, education, employment and justice through a holistic and culturally relevant approach.


We are currently looking for an enthusiastic and committed  Placement Prevention & Reunification Practitioner with demonstrated family assessment skills and experience in working collaboratively to achieve outcomes on a 12 Month Part Time Fixed Term position – 0.7 EFT



The Opportunity

The Placement Prevention & Reunification Practitioner, will work with relative independence, while remaining strongly focused on collaboration and working together within the ACAC program, across teams, throughout BADAC’s  Koorie Family Services & with others in the service sector.


As the Placement Prevention & Reunification practitioner, you will work across two programs that provide intensive placement prevention and reunification support interventions for families involved with Child Protection.


There are two major types of interventions provided by this program:


  • Families First - An intensive program that works with families over a period of generally 8 weeks, with the aim of achieving family preservation or reunification. The program provides a comprehensive assessment and intensive, short-term service aimed at strengthening the ability of families to protect and care for their children.


The target group for Families First is vulnerable children, young people and their family (inclusive of unborn, infants, children, young people, mothers, fathers, parents, siblings, and kin, carers and carer families) who are involved with Child Protection.


  • Keeping Families Together (The Victorian Family Preservation and Reunification Response) provides an initial intensive intervention phase, followed by a sustained service support phase, over several months, which aims to prevent at risk children entering or re-entering care.


The target group for the response program is children at immediate risk of entry into care and those children who have recently entered care (for less than six months duration). In particular the response focuses on children who are the subject of unborn reports, very young children (0-5) and young adolescents (10-15).


Working closely together with the Advance Practitioner, you will be providing support to infants, children and young people living with their parents or other family members, who require additional support to continue their parenting role. You will have a focus on Keeping Families Together and Families First, modelling practice that supports children at high risk, where they may be removed from their family or supporting their reunification home to parents.


The Placement Prevention & Reunification Practitioner will need to be able to build strong relationships with Aboriginal People, be highly motivated, enthusiastic and have a sound knowledge of Aboriginal culture with the ability to communicate effectively with Aboriginal people.



1. Key Responsibilities

1.1.Ensure that the Family supports needs of the local Aboriginal community are met in a way that is responsive, relevant and culturally appropriate.

1.2.Provide high quality, evidenced based practice to vulnerable children and families across Central Highlands.

1.3.Provide support to infants, children and young people living with their parents or other family members, who require additional support to continue their parenting role.

1.4. Where appropriate and in line with the case plan goals, provide additional support to help clients reunify and/or have contact with their parents.

1.5.Ensure client case notes, reports or documents are prepared in a complete and timely manner and recorded on the required file, as per the program expectations, ensuring that key information and decisions are required, and program requirements are met.

1.6.Work in collaboration with, providing consultation and participating in joint case management activities when required.

1.7.Develop constructive working relationships with other BADAC programs, case workers & professionals and external agencies and services such as Child Protection workers to participate in care team and professionals meetings, referral pathways and regular reviews.

1.8.Develop individualised Family Action Plans for each family that articulate clearly the protective concerns, agreed goals and bottom lines for the intervention.

1.9.Undertake interventions with families including individual sessions with the child, parent or carers where appropriate.

1.10.Monitor progress and provide frequent updates, including any safety concerns to the ACAC Team Leader, Advance Practitioner and Child Protection case manager.

1.11.Assist in improving family relationships between parents and their children/young people.

1.12.Travel to homes throughout the Central Highlands as required.

1.13.Work flexible hours with families outside of normal working hours as required and determined by the ACAC Team leader in order to meet the individual needs of children and families.

1.14.Complete other duties as required and requested by the Team Leader,  Koorie Family Supports Services Manager and Chief Operating Officer.

1.15.Maintain strict standards of confidentiality & act at all times in a professional manner in accordance with the policies & procedures of the Ballarat & District Aboriginal Co‑operative.


2.      Key Selection Criteria

To be considered and successful in this application, you will possess the following:

2.1.Demonstrated ability to work in a way that promotes Aboriginal people’s cultural identity and promotes their connection to family, community and culture.

2.2.Demonstrated knowledge and commitment to child safety standards.

2.3.Demonstrated understanding of holistic approaches needed to address Aboriginal families and their issues surrounding the Child Protection system and the relevant aspects of the Children Youth & Families Act 2005.

2.4.Relevant experience in working with vulnerable families in an educative, therapeutic and protective setting both within the home and community.

2.5.Demonstrated sound knowledge of relevant theories (trauma, attachment, child development), parenting strategies and techniques specific for vulnerable children and their families.

2.6.Demonstrated ability to engage with families who may be reluctant or hard to reach and the ability to sustain involvement with vulnerable families over long periods.

2.7.Must have experience in the provision of services for children and young people who may have issues or risk.

2.8 Sound knowledge of OHS policy and standards of practice.


Other Info


To be considered for roles with BADAC you will need to have (or be willing to have) a National Police Clearance and current Working with Children check Clearance.


This is a great opportunity for the right person to join our dedicated team of professionals who are committed to helping our community whilst enjoying a great work / life balance.

If this sounds like the sort of opportunity you would be interested in, please click 'Apply Now' .


Please Note: All applications will require applicants to provide a cover letter addressing the Key Selection Criteria above and a copy of their resume. Applications without the required documents will not be accepted.

Applications close 27th September 2020.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

BADAC is a Child Safe organisations and all employees are expected to adhere to our Child Safe Guidelines.

BADAC is committed to diversity in employment aiming to develop a workforce that reflects the diverse community that we operate in. We foster a workplace culture in which LGBTI employees feel included, safe and supported.



The application form will include these questions:
  • Do you have a current Working With Children (WWC) Check?
  • What's your expected annual base salary?
  • Have you completed a qualification in community services?
  • Do you have experience working with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island communities?
  • How many years' experience do you have as a social worker?

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