Position Details
Reference Number 13687
Position Title Case Worker - Families First
Employment Type Maximum Term Full Time
Entity Community Services - Management /Admin
Location Croydon
Award Classification Social, Community , Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 - Social and Community Services Employee Level 6
Hours 76
Position Summary
  • Balance: Close to home, supportive team
  • Passion: Specialised senior Social Worker role – bring your expertise – Children, adolescents and complex families
  • Growth: Large agency focused on staff development & internal opportunities


  • Support children, young people & families with complex issues
  • Short term, intensive interventions
  • Work closely with the child protection system
  • Bring your extensive social work experience with families and child protection
  • Senior role - SCHCADS Level 6


  • Full time role
  • Maximum term to Nov 2019 (parental leave)
  • Regular options for extensions and transfers
  • Eastern suburbs - Croydon base
  • Connections – now part of Uniting

About Uniting
At Uniting we are passionate about working together to inspire people, enliven communities and confront injustice.  


We are proud to have been part of local communities for over 100 years delivering services across Victoria and Tasmania. With a team of 7,000 skilled and committed individuals we provide over 770 programs and services to people of all ages to learn, thrive and enjoy a healthy, happy life. We’re there for children, families, people with disability, older people and those experiencing homelessness, mental illness or drug and alcohol addiction.


Uniting is looking for great people who, like us, celebrate diversity and welcome everyone regardless of ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.


Learn more

Applications at: connections.org.au/work-with-us


About the opportunity


  • Support children, young people & families with complex issues
  • Short term, intensive interventions
  • Work closely with the child protection system
  • Significant assessment and report writing
  • Bring your extensive social work experience with families and child protection
  • Senior role - SCHCADS Level 6


We have an exciting opportunity, based in Croydon, for a suitably experienced case worker to join our Families First (FF) team.  FF is based on the Homebuilders model and provides intensive outreach services to complex families who are involved with Child Protection and require assistance to preserve their family or to reunify following out of home placements of their children.


This is a parental leave cover through to November 2019.   The previous staff member covering the parental leave has just transferred to a permanent position.   There will be regular options available for extensions or transfers.


The FF Case worker is responsible for undertaking pre-reunification assessments and informed and creative 8 week interventions which are tailored to the individual needs of each family. The approach also draws on the advice and support of other specialists within the service system; strengthening multidisciplinary intervention and sharing the responsibility to assist families toward positive change.


Please note: The PP&R program includes both FF and PASDS and whilst this is primarily a FF position, the role may be expected to work across both FF and PASDS Programs at times when required in line with demands of both programs. 


Connections offers employees:

  • A comprehensive range of professional development opportunities
  • Supportive and regular supervision
  • Career options through a wide range of programs and locations across Uniting
  • Salary packaging up to $15,900 per annum via Paywise salary packaging (www.paywise.com.au).


About you


To be successful in your application you will meet the person specification in the position description, including having a relevant tertiary qualification in a field related to Social Work or Psychology and significant sector experience - at least three (3) years. 


Please address the following questions related to the person specification in a separate document to be uploaded as part of your application:

  • Summarise your experience working with complex families and parents particularly in regard to family preservation/reunification, infant mental health and intergenerational trauma
  • Summarise your understanding of a range of theoretical approaches and how you have translated this to case practice in your work with families
  • Provide examples of your comprehensive assessment process and analytical report writing skills

How to apply

If this sounds like you, find out more about this role or apply today.

  • Applications on our website http://www.connections.org.au/work-with-us
  • You will be asked to upload your resume and a covering letter with your responses to the questions above. We recommend that you provide examples that show the range, scale and complexity of your experiences.
  • Applications close on Monday 28 January 2019


Get in touch

  • Mark de Renzy – Team Leader – Croydon – 9724 2222
  • Andrea Nash – Program Leader - Croydon – 9724 2222


Employment is subject to satisfactory criminal history and Victorian Working with Children Checks prior to commencement. Uniting is proud to be an inclusive employer and committed to keeping children safe.

Contact Person Mark de Renzy
Contact Phone 9724 2222
Alternate Contact Person Andrea Nash
Alternate Contact Phone 9724 2222
Closing Date 28/01/2019
Position Description
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