Position Details
Reference Number 13688
Position Title Family Services Practitioner - Croydon
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 5
Hours 76
Position Summary


  • Passion: Work that you can see making a difference with your clients
  • Balance: Full time, close to your home, small teams
  • Growth: Large agency focused on staff development & internal opportunities

  • Ideal start for new Social Work Graduates
  • Set up the foundation for your career with mentoring and training
  • Bring your placement experience - Child Protection, Family Services, Family Violence Services, Out of Home Care
  • Experienced Social Workers - bring your expertise and develop into a specialisation
  • Balance your life with regular hours
  • Support parenting & family functioning
  • Vibrant team and supportive leaders


  • Full time
  • Maximum term for 6 months from start date
  • Regular options for extension or transfer to permanent within Uniting
  • Croydon
  • 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

We have an exciting opportunity for a Family Services Practitioner to join the team based at the Uniting Connections’ Croydon office. 


The vacancy is due to additional funding, and is initially maximum term for six (6) months from start date, with regular options for extension or transfer to permanent roles with this or other Uniting Child, Youth and Family programs.


The position is suitable for a new Social Work graduate with relevant placement experience, or more experienced Social Workers, who would be able to specialise their skills, and balance their lives with the regular hours of this position.


The Family Services program:

  • Aims to support families who are experiencing high levels of stress and difficulties that impact on parenting, family life and children’s well being
  • Respond to referrals from Child FIRST
  • Provides home based supports through assertive outreach


In a typical day, a Family Services Practitioner might:

  • Use a creative approach to arrange a visit with a reluctant new family
  • Build rapport to carry out a strengths and risk assessment in the client’s home or child’s school
  • Review with your supervisor plans to support a family’s goals
  • Consult with an internal Family Violence specialist on resources for the needs of a child you are working with
  • Finalise case notes and prepare a report for other agencies that you are working with on a complex case
  • Celebrate with a client the achievement of a goal
  • Discuss a difficult case with your team members in a Reflective Practice meeting


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.


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

  • List your tertiary level qualifications in Social Work, Psychology or a related field
  • Summarise your knowledge and use of the Child Youth & Family Act 2005 and Best Interest Principles
  • Describe examples of how you have actively engaged families
  • Describe examples of how you have supported parenting


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 Monday 21 January 2019


Get in touch

  • Team Leader - Rachelle Kennelly - 03 9724 2222
  • Program Leader – Angela Geylswyk – 03 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 Angela Geylswyk
Contact Phone 03 9724 2222
Alternate Contact Person Rachelle Kennelly
Alternate Contact Phone 03 9724 2222
Closing Date 21/01/2019
Position Description
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