Position Details
Reference Number 13597
Position Title Family Services Practitioner - East Burwood
Employment Type Maximum Term Part Time
Entity Community Services - Management /Admin
Location Uniting East Burwood
Award Classification Social, Community , Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 - Social and Community Services Employee Level 5
Hours 80
Position Summary
  • Passion: Work that you can see making a difference with your clients
  • Balance: Part time, close to your home, small committed team
  • Growth: Large agency focused on staff development & internal opportunities


  • Stimulating Social Work role
  • Support parenting & family functioning
  • Vibrant team and supportive leadership
  • Experienced Social Workers - bring your specialisation
  • Options for full or part time - 16 hour per week minimum
  • Flexibility with working hours
  • East Burwood base location
  • East Burwood Centre – 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
Uniting:  vt.uniting.org

East Burwood Centre:  ucebc.org

Applications: connections.org.au/work-with-us


About the opportunity

We have an exciting opportunity, for a Family Services Practitioner to join us based in East Burwood.  The position can be either full time, or 2 part time positions as a job share.   The minimum hours per fortnight would be 16 hours.


The position is initially maximum term to the end of June 2019, due to funding agreements.  There will be options for extension, subject to funding, or transfer to other Child, Youth and Family teams across Uniting.


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 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


East Burwood 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)
  • Find out more: East Burwood Centre - ucebc.org


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 address the following questions related to the Persona Specification in a separate document to be uploaded as part of your application:

  • 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
  • Provide an example of how you have planned and implemented an intervention related to the development of parenting capacity and/or family functioning
  • Advise the number of hours per week that you are available to work, minimum 16 hours up to 38 hours (full time).


How to apply

If this sounds like you, find out more about this role or apply today.

  • Applications on the Connections 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 on Monday 17 September 2018



Get in touch

  • Judith Nimmo – Recruitment Officer – 03 9051 3247
  • Pam Young – Senior Manager - 03 9803 3400

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 Judith Nimmo
Contact Phone 03 8792 8999
Alternate Contact Person Pam Young
Alternate Contact Phone 03 9803 3400
Closing Date 17/09/2018
Position Description
Family Services Practitioner - East Burwood - PT x 2 - PD U - August 2018.pdf Open
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