Position Details
Reference Number 13539
Position Title Family Services Practitioner - Dandenong
Employment Type Permanent Part Time
Entity Community Services - Management /Admin
Location Dandenong
Award Classification Social, Community , Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 - Social and Community Services Employee Level 5
Hours 60.80
Position Summary
  • Passion: Work that you can see making a difference with your clients
  • Balance: Part time, close to your home, small, friendly team
  • Growth: Large agency focused on staff development & internal opportunities


  • 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
  • Part time - 0.8 FTE - 4 days per week
  • Permanent
  • Office location - Dandenong
  • 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 us based in Dandenong.  This is a rare part time - 4 days per week, permanent role. 


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
  • 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 example of how you have planned and implemented an intervention related to the development of parenting capacity and/or family functioning


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 detailed above. We recommend that you provide examples that show the range, scale and complexity of your experiences.
  • Applications close Monday 23 July 2018



Get in touch

  • Tersia Kirsten – Team Leader  (03) 8792 8999
  • Bask Cassar - Program Leader (03) 8792 8999
  • Amy Shaheen – Team Leader (Acting)  (03) 8792 8999

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 Bask Cassar
Contact Phone (03) 8 792 8999
Alternate Contact Person Tersia Kirsten / Amy Shaheen
Alternate Contact Phone (03) 8 792 8999
Closing Date 23/07/2018
Position Description
Family Services Practitioner Dandenong - PT - Ongoing - PD U - Jun 2018.pdf Open
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