Family Services - Family Violence Practitioner

  • Part time - 26.6 hours per week
  • Fixed term until 30/06/2025
  • Coburg location
  • $99,000 - $104,00FTE + super + salary packaging

An exciting opportunity exists to join a dynamic Integrated Family Services team that provides a range of services to vulnerable families in Hume and Merri-bek.

Merri Health is a member of the Hume Merri-beck Child and Family Alliance, and along with Alliance members (Anglicare Victoria, MacKillop Family Services, Sunbury Cobaw Community Health and Uniting) has received additional funding for the newly created Family Services Family Family Violence Practitioner role. As the successful applicant you will have the opportunity to influence the development of the position while working closely with Integrated Family Services social workers and the Hume Merri-bek Alliance.

Working as part of a very supportive team at Merri Health in Coburg, you will enjoy excellent benefits including attractive remuneration, salary packaging and opportunities for training and professional development.

Your new organisation

At Merri Health, we strive to enrich diverse communities through the provision of quality health care and support services.  A career at Merri will see you contributing to a culture that affects change for our clients and the wider community.  We are committed to supporting the talent and skills of our employees because we know their capability is the key to our success.

Your new role

The successful applicant will provide child centred, family focused case management to families with complex needs who are experiencing high risk family violence. This will include working with parents and also adolescents who use violence in the home.

Your role will also provide secondary consultation to and co-work with Integrated Family Services social workers and facilitation of care teams for families where there is complex and escalating family violence.

You will be responsible for

• Providing in-home support to vulnerable and complex families who are experiencing high risk family violence including assertive outreach to actively engage with the child, young person and their family.
• Conducting family violence risk assessments utilising the MARAM Comprehensive Assessment tool and deliver relevant interventions aimed to increase safety and wellbeing of the child and parent victim-survivors.
• Supporting families where there is adolescent violence in the home.
• Establishing, implementing, monitoring and reviewing case plan objectives and goals.
• Providing secondary consultation to and co-work with Family Services social workers.
• Participating in capability building activities in the Hume Merri-bek Child and Family Alliance by working collaboratively to support practice and system improvements, including with the Family Violence sector.
• Participating in relevant Hume Merri-bek Child and Family Alliance processes such as allocation meetings, reflective practice and working groups as required.

What you’ll need to succeed

• Tertiary Qualification in Social Work, Psychology or related field with a minimum '3 years' working with families experiencing family violence.
• Advanced understanding and experience in applying contemporary family violence theoretical frameworks in the intervention with vulnerable children, young people and parents with complex needs.
• Experience working with parents who use violence and adolescent violence in the home.
• Ability to provide consultation and capacity building for other practitioners in their work with families who are experiencing family violence.
• Knowledge of Child Protection and relevant legislation
• Knowledge of the Family and Children’s Services sector
• High level of organisational and interpersonal skills, e.g. negotiation, problem solving capacity, communication and planning skills.

What we offer

We offer a diverse, inclusive and flexible environment which encourages you to bring your whole self to work. As the successful applicant you’ll be joining an organisation where you will be supported to grow, learn and develop your skills to reach your potential.
You will also have access to generous salary packaging, purchase leave and flexible work arrangement options.

What you need to do now

Please start by reviewing the position description and take a few minutes to read about Merri Health on our website. If you would like to discuss this position further, please contact Gail, Manager - Children & Family on:

Applications close 22/03/23

When you are ready to apply, please send through your CV and cover letter to:

What else do I need to know

Preferred candidates will be subject to comprehensive reference and pre-employment background checking conducted by Merri Health prior to an offer of employment, including criminal record history check, NDIS worker screening and other employee screening and credential checks as determined by the position description.

All candidates must have the right to work in Australia. Merri Health is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to ensuring a safe environment for children and young people.

We encourage individuals of diverse backgrounds including but not limited to those from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, the LGBTIQA+ community and those living with a disability to apply.