Position Details
Reference Number 13702
Position Title Child FIRST Practitioner - Narre Warren
Employment Type Maximum Term Full Time
Entity Community Services - Management /Admin
Location Narre Warren
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 you can see making a difference with your clients
  • Balance: Full time, close to your home, close-knit teams
  • Growth: Large agency focused on staff development & internal opportunities


  • Establish, expand or transfer your Social Work skills in risk assessment and crisis intervention

  • Ideal for Social Work graduates with relevant placements
  • 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
  • Full time – regular 9 to 5 hours
  • Maximum term to 2020
  • Narre Warren 
  • 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 Social Worker to join the team as a Child FIRST Practitioner at the Connections’ Narre Warren office.  Vacancy is due to internal career development moves. The position is full time, with regular 9 to 5 hours.  



Child FIRST (Family Information Referral and Support Team) provides:

  • The common intake point for referrals from DHHS Child Protection, schools, other community service organisations and the general community
  • Support for families that require a Family Service
  • Support for the well-being of children


A typical busy day will include:

  • Receive referrals into the Child FIRST service as part of a committed team
  • 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
  • Prepare reports and case notes
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with other agencies for client referral and support


Uniting 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 degree qualification in a field related to Social Work or Psychology.


Please provide responses online to the following questions related to the person specification:

  • Summarise your tertiary level degree 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
  • Describe examples of how you have actively engaged families, over the phone and/or by outreach
  • Describe 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 at http://www.connections.org.au/work-with-us
  • You will need to provide responses online to the questions above.  Please prepare your responses in advance so that you can copy them in to the spaces provided. Most responses should be at least a paragraph in length.
  • We recommend that you provide examples that show the range, scale and complexity of your experiences.
  • You will also be asked to upload your resume and a covering letter describing your interest in this role, and in working at Uniting
  • Applications close Monday 11 February 2019


Get in touch

  • Seena Michael - Team Leader - 03 9705 3939
  • Robyn Barton - Program Leader - 03 9705 3939


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 Seena Michael
Alternate Contact Person Robyn Barton
Closing Date 11/02/2019
Position Description
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