Early Intervention Case Worker – Permanent Full Time
Woodville Alliance (WA) is a medium sized, community-based agency with major programs in disability, mental health, family and youth support, community development and early childhood education and care. We are committed to developing a more holistic range of new service types focusing on our strengths and expertise in culturally diverse and disadvantaged communities in Western Sydney.
The Early Intervention Case Worker is a key role within the Targeted Earlier Intervention Program, which is funded by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services. The overriding objectives of the program are to improve child health and wellbeing, reduce levels of vulnerability and meet the needs of children, young people and families early to prevent the escalation of need and address risk factors that may lead to entry into the child protection system if they are not addressed. The aim of this role is to provide early intervention support through short-term casework and group work/activities with vulnerable children, young people and families.
MAIN DUTIES (but not limited to)
- Provide short-term case work (up to 6 months) to parents, care-givers, children and youth including needs and risks assessments, practical assistance and home-based supports (as appropriate), non-clinical, supportive counselling and family intervention, referrals to appropriate services and other case coordination as required
- Apply a strengths and evidence-based approach to develop and deliver culturally appropriate and diversity-sensitive programs and groups that build the capacity of children, young people and families
- Facilitate parenting programs, activities and other supports with the aim to identify emerging issues of concerns within families, promote the importance of parenting to child outcomes, reduce potentially risky parenting behaviours and enhance family health and wellbeing
- Provide information and community outreach to children, young people and their families with the aim of promoting early intervention, encouraging self-help seeking behaviour and reducing risk
- Identify early signs of risk, such as homelessness, domestic violence and other threats to their health, safety and wellbeing and refer as appropriate to specialized services and interventions
- Collaborate with other organisations such as early childhood education centres, schools, community health, homelessness, domestic violence services to develop, contribute to or deliver appropriate activities and programs for parents and families that contribute to program outcomes and meet community need
- Tertiary qualifications in the areas of Social Work, Psychology, Community Services, Social Sciences or similar
- Minimum 3 years’ experience working with children, young people and their families in an early intervention context
- Practical experience in providing strengths based, client centred groups, practical assistance and case management, to children and young people and their families
- Experience in the delivery of early intervention strategies to culturally and linguistically diverse communities and an understanding of the diverse needs of clients
- Understanding of safe work practices and management of risk
- Demonstrated experience of working collaboratively in a multi- disciplinary team
- Promotional and networking skills experience with child and youth service providers and other community networks
- A commitment to social justice principles
- Current and verified Working With Children Check and National Police Check
- Current Australian Drivers Licence and a car for work travel (transportation allowance provided)
HOW TO APPLY
Please visit click apply to forward your CV and letter of application addressing the essential criteria 1 to 4 listed above. Address application to Tishia Boulton-Bell – HR/CEO Assistant. Applications close 11.59pm Tuesday the 30th of April 2019. Phone 02 9722 5200 for any inquiries. Please note applications will not be progressed if they do not address the specified essential criteria. Only Australian residents will be shortlisted. To view the position description, click here.
Woodville Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer and our work has always been underpinned by a strong commitment to social justice. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from diverse cultural backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.