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Careers > Family Worker - Placement Prevention & Reunification

Full Time - Ongoing Subject to Funding

This position is based in Mildura.

Services are delivered in the Mallee and across the river into far west New South Wales. The Family Worker – Placement Prevention and Reunification position works across two program areas, Family Preservation and Stronger Families.

Family Preservation
The Family Preservation Program is a voluntary specialist home-based program.  The program provides intensive support to children and their families who are either at immediate risk of a child being placed into safe custody or as part of a planned reunification of a family.  Referrals to the program are from Child Protection Services.  The service can engage intensively with children and families for a time limited period.  The program aims to:

  • Address the protective concerns and enhance family functioning of referred families whilst ensuring the safety and wellbeing of child(ren) and family members in accordance with the specifications and expectations of the Family Preservation Program. 
  • Undertake best practice in casework and provide intensive support (up to 20 hours per week), assistance and opportunities for children and families utilising the Family Preservation Program.

Stronger Families
Stronger Families offers intensive, longer term, whole-of-family case support and specialist services to enable children, who are at imminent risk of being placed in care for the first time, to remain at home with their parents or to support their return home to their parents’ care when it is safe to do so.  The Stronger Families Service is an integrated placement prevention and family reunification service providing intensive case work support to vulnerable families as well as specialist youth, therapeutic and early parenting support. Flexible funds are included in the model to enable tailored and timely service responses. 
The service aims to work with families to address underlying issues and build the capacity of parents to safely care for their children.  The service allocates a dedicated case worker from a multi-disciplinary team to each family for up to 12 months, providing a therapeutic assessment, co-ordination of a child and family action plan, as well as case work and practical support.   Key elements of the service include ensuring families have access to specialist supports and flexible funding to deliver on the agreed goals of the child and family action plan, as well as timely access to specialist services they may need.  The target group is families with children who:

  • Are involved with child protection, where protective concerns have been substantiated (or likely to be substantiated upon birth), and
  • Are considered to be at imminent risk of being placed in out-of-home care for the first time if appropriate supports are not available to the child and family, or
  • Have recently entered out-of-home care for the first time, and child protection determines they could safely return to their parents’ care if appropriate supports are available. For the purpose of these specifications, recent entry into care would include children in care for up to six months.

 The successful applicant will be required to hold an accredited qualification to the position at Diploma Level or above and have significant previous relevant experience in the field and experience in dealing with children who have experienced trauma and interrupted attachment preferred – but not essential.

Applicants addressing the Key Selection Criteria outlined in the position description should be sent to Maree Fullgrabe, PO Box 1870, Mildura 3502 or emailed to mfullgrabe@malleefamilycare.com.au

For a copy of the position description please click here.

For more information regarding the position description please contact Amy Duke on 5023 5966  or email on
Applications close at 5.00pm Sunday 10th June 2018.

Mallee Family Care offers a great range of employee benefits, including:

  • Generous salary packaging
  • Flexible work options
  • Genuine training and development opportunities   

Undertaking a Working with Children Check, Police Check, Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme (DWESS) and Disclosure of previous or current disciplinary action (employment history) is mandatory for all positions