Position Details
Reference Number 11375
Position Title Family Services Worker
Employment Type Maximum Term Part Time
Entity Community Services - Management /Admin
Location Cranbourne
Award Classification Social, Community , Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 - Social and Community Services Employee Level 5
Hours 68.40
Position Summary



  • Stimulating Social Work role
  • Support parenting & family functioning
  • Vibrant team and supportive leadership
  • New Social Work Graduates – set up the foundation for your career with mentoring and training
  • Experienced Social Workers - bring your experience and specialisation
  • Maximum term, part time 60.8 hrs per fortnight
  • Office location - Cranbourne
  • Reputable Not for Profit – well established and growing


Uniting Connections is a community organisation supporting over 2000 people every week. We work on family strengthening and early intervention services for people in need. We make a practical difference in people’s everyday lives, giving them a better chance in life now and in the future.


We have an exciting opportunity for a Family Services Worker to join us based in the Cranbourne team:

  • Ref: 11375 - Maximum term to end 2017, part time 0.8 EFT - 68.4 hours per fortnight 

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 Worker 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
  • Salary packaging up to $15,900 per annum via Advantage salary packaging (www.salary.com.au).


Please address the following Key Selection criteria 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
  • Summarise your knowledge and applied use of theoretical approaches and frameworks relevant to working with children and families
  • Describe a challenging time you had in actively engaging with a family
  • Describe a risk assessment you have undertaken
  • Provide an examples of how you have planned and implemented an intervention related to the development of parenting capacity and/or family functioning


Connections is a proud organisation that takes child protection very seriously.  All candidates are subject to child safety screening and assessment against child safety standards as part of our thorough recruitment process.  Current Working With Children Check, Police Check and a Victorian drivers licence will be required for the successful applicant.


Contact us for any further questions about this role and how Connections might be a good opportunity for you:

  • Leanne Barrett – Team Leader  PH  (03) 5990 8400
  • Bask Cassar - Program Leader PH (03) 8792 8999

Connections has joined together with 21 UnitingCare agencies to form a new organisation; called Uniting (Victoria and Tasmania) Limited. From 1 July 2017 all ongoing UnitingCare employees transferred to employment with Uniting. Uniting is now one of the largest community service providers within Victoria and Tasmania. Uniting to inspire people, enliven communities and confront injustice.



Application Information

  • Applications to be lodged via our careers page on our website at 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 key selection criteria detailed above. We recommend that you provide examples that show the range, scale and complexity of your experiences
  • Uniting (Victoria-Tasmania) applicants – please advise your direct manager of your interest and send a short email to the Recruiting Manager to alert them to your application; after you have lodged it on eRecruit
  • Application closing date: Monday 24 July 2017


Contact Person Leanne Barrett
Contact Phone 03 5990 8400
Alternate Contact Person Bask Cassar
Alternate Contact Phone 03 8792 899
Closing Date 24/07/2017
Position Description
Family Services Worker Cranbourne - FT & PT - PD CLK - June 2017.pdf Open
Application Guide PDF IconView Guide