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Domestic Violence Specialist - Intensive Family Support - Ipswich

Apply now Job no: 985439
Work type: Permanent (Full Time)
Location: QLD
Categories: Community Services

Join our growing team and be part of a crucial program to support the safety and well-being of vulnerable children and families in the Ipswich region. 

  • Permanent, Full Time position 
  • Location: Based in Ipswich Region
  • Utilise your Case Management skills and specialist knowledge in the area of Domestic and Family Violence to assist Australians in need 

About Us  

Mission Australia is a non-denominational Christian charity that has been helping vulnerable Australians move towards independence for more than 155 years. 

Every day we support people nationwide by combating homelessness, assisting disadvantaged families and children, addressing mental health issues, fighting substance dependencies and much more. 

We're generously supported by our funders, partners and tens of thousands of everyday Australians, who make the work of our tireless volunteers and staff possible. 

Your Opportunity 

This role will see you facilitating sustainable change in families experiencing multiple and complex challenges to minimize or prevent the likelihood of entry/re-entry into the statutory child protection system.  You will share your specialist knowledge and skills across the team to support families experiencing domestic and family violence. 

  • Partner with case managers to develop collaborative engagement and intervention strategies for families affected by DFV, conduct risk assessments, develop safety plans and utilise best practice principles to work with both survivors and perpetrators in the home. 
  • Provide interventions focused on the best interests of the child that will achieve positive outcomes in families to strengthen the care and protection of children living in the home. 
  • Work under an assertive-outreach, case management model to conduct therapeutic in-home interventions and provide psycho-education to elicit changes in perpetrator behaviour that will increase safety for survivors of violence and their children. 
  • Create a single case-plan per family detailing goals, expected outcomes, identifying responsibilities and timeframes. 
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with community, government and non-government services, out posted Disability Services Officers (FACC and IFS Services) and actively participate in community network meetings.  
  • Develop and deliver group education and support activities for staff and clients where necessary and appropriate using best practice principles and evidence-based research. 
  • Engage with parents or children to better understand and assess their needs, mobilise support networks and create linkages in the community that will enhance safety, wellbeing and belonging. 

Requirements for Success 

  • Relevant qualifications in Social Work, Social Sciences, Psychology or other related field 
  • Extensive experience working in the field of child protection with specialist knowledge and skills supporting families experiencing domestic and family violence.
  • Demonstrated experience in practice leadership - training and guiding others in the team in risk assessment, safety planning, case planning and complex case discussions.  
  • Demonstrated ability in applying Early Intervention principles when working with families experiencing issues relating to mental health, drug and alcohol, disability, criminal activity, family and domestic violence or significant child protection concerns
  • Understanding of Vicarious Trauma and Self-Care to manage personal impact from exposure to critical and complex issues 
  • Completion of core training in David Mandel’s ‘Safe & Together’ highly regarded. 
  • Senior first aid certificate 
  • Current Driver’s License

Before starting work with us, you will need to undertake a national police history check, referee checks, and have a clearance to work with children/vulnerable people. 

Culture & Benefits  

A career with Mission Australia will offer you rewarding experiences to make a difference to the lives of Australians in need. We have an innovative and supportive culture guided by our values of compassion, integrity, respect, perseverance and celebration. 

To ensure our employees feel valued, empowered and celebrated we provide a range of employee benefits including: 

  • NFP salary packaging benefits reducing taxable income (details via Advantage
  • Generous discounts with hotels, travel insurance and major retailers 
  • Free, confidential counselling services via our EAP 
  • Discounted health care with Medibank Private 

Diversity & Inclusion 

Mission Australia is an inclusive employer. We celebrate our diversity and strive to reflect contemporary Australian society and all the communities in which we work, in order to better serve our clients. We welcome and encourage applications from Women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people, People with Disability, Sexually and Gender Diverse people, people with lived experience of adversity and from people of all ages. 

Next Steps 

To be considered for this opportunity, please click ‘apply’ and send your cover letter and resume today. 

For more information, feel free to view the Job Description via Download File Intensive Family Support DFV Specialist PD.docx

For further information regarding working with us visit Working for Mission Australia. 

Applications close midnight, Monday 23rd September2019 

Please send through your application as soon as possible as shortlisting will commence before the closing date.


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