Social Worker

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.

Services include Counselling, Casework, Case Management and Group work. This position has a focus on working with vulnerable children, young people and families with an emphasis on assisting and empowering parents to ensure the safety, stability and wellbeing of their children.

Working as part of a supportive team, 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 in home support services to vulnerable children and their families including a range of case management functions. This work is undertaken with a primary focus on the best interests of the child or young person in the context of their family and community.  The social worker will utilise a strengths-based and outcomes-focused approach, tailoring strategies and intervention to be culturally safe and respectful of difference.  

You will be responsible for

- providing in-home support including assertive outreach to actively engage with the child, young person and their family.
- providing family casework including undertaking a child and family assessment, establishing objectives and goals, and developing, implementing, monitoring and reviewing the child and family action plan.
- undertaking needs assessment including urgency of need, risk, appropriate referrals (internal and external) and follow-up assessments and actions.
- provision of family counselling and mediation focusing on strengthening family relationships and building family resilience to ensure the best outcomes for children.
- consultation, liaison and advocacy with internal and external services to maintain relevant links and networks and inform case direction.
- facilitation of care team meetings
- building parental capacity through skill enhancement.

What you will need to succeed

- Tertiary Qualification in Social Work or equivalent as determined by Merri Health
- Demonstrated experience in working with families with complex needs.
- Demonstrated experience in counselling, casework and case management.
- Knowledge of strengths based approaches to working with vulnerable children and families.
- Knowledge and understanding of the MARAM framework and practice guidelines.
- Knowledge of the Child Protection system and relevant legislation.
- Highly developed interpersonal, oral and written skills.
- Demonstrated understanding of the needs, issues and sensitivities of people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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

Start by reviewing the attached position description. If this piques your interest, take a few minutes to learn more about us on our website. If you have any questions, contact Team Leader, Gail Evans on gail.evans@merrihealth.org.au or 0427 992 326.

When you're ready to apply, email your CV and cover letter to jobs@merrihealth.org.au

Applications close 6/2/2023.

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.