Position Details
Reference Number 12415
Position Title Child FIRST Intake and Assessment Worker
Employment Type Maximum Term Full Time
Entity Community Services - Management /Admin
Location Blackburn
Award Classification Social, Community , Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 - Social and Community Services Employee Level 5
Hours 76
Position Summary


  • Leading community services organisation
  • Establish your Social Work skills in risk assessment and crisis intervention
  • Support parenting & family functioning
  • Vibrant team and supportive leadership
  • New Social Work Graduates – set your career foundation with mentoring and training
  • Experienced Social Workers - bring your expertise to a 9-5 life balance
  • Full time, Blackburn
  • Maximum term to June 2018


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

Child FIRST (Family Information Referral and Support Team) at Blackburn provides

  • Centralised intake, assessment and referral service for the eight DHHS funded Family Services providers in the Inner East
  • A streamlined and integrated approach into Inner East Integrated Family Service
  • Support to families when there are parenting and wellbeing concerns for children

A typical busy day will include:

  • Receive referrals into the Child FIRST from the community and Child Protection
  • service
  • determine the referral priority, the manner of engagement with the child(ren) and family and the assessment process, in consultation with your team leader
  • Use your communication skills to build rapport and carry out phone based risk and needs assessment
  • Provide information and advice to referrers
  • Offer crisis intervention
  • Undertake some home assessments
  • Prepare reports and case notes
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with other agencies for client referral and support, for example - VACCA, mental heath, family violence, drug and alcohol, disability services and Child Protection

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).


About you

To be successful in your application you will meet the key selection criteria in the position description attached, including having a relevant tertiary qualification in a Social Work or Psychology related field.


Please address the following questions related to the key selection criteria in a separate document to be uploaded as part of your application:

  • Summarise your tertiary level qualifications in Social Work, Psychology or a related field
  • Summarise your knowledge and use of the Child Youth and Families Act 2005 and Best Interest Principles
  • Demonstrate your ability by describing examples of how you have actively engaged families, over the phone and by outreach
  • Demonstrate your ability by describing examples of how you have assessed risk to families, children and/or adolescents


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 key selection criteria detailed above.
  • We recommend that you provide examples that show the range, scale and complexity of your experiences.
  • Applications close on Thursday 16 November 2017


Get in touch

  • Rachel O’Dwyer – Team Leader – 9875 4222
  • Tanja Dalton – Program Leader – 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 Rachel O'Dwyer
Contact Phone 9875 4222
Alternate Contact Person Tanja Dalton
Alternate Contact Phone 9724 2222
Closing Date 16/11/2017
Position Description
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