Berry Street's Hume Region has been providing kinship care services since 2010 when the kinship care program model was first developed and funded by the then Department of Human Services (now Department of Families, Fairness and Housing). The program provides a kinship care service designed to support and assist kinship carers provide care to children and young people from within their family or extended family network. The First Supports program is solely focused on children and young people in statutory kinship placements - those with an active child protection intervention or protection order. The position is part of the broader kinship care team and is intended to provide timely comprehensive assessment of the kinship placement, access to kinship family services support and flexible brokerage to assist in supporting kinship care placements. This role can be based out of regional locations; Shepparton or Seymour, VIC.
- Job Description:
You will undertake comprehensive assessments at the time kinship placements are first made.
Assisting Child Protection to determine the suitability of the placements.
Linking carers and children with a level of support specific to their needs.
Providing financial support to carers through the early provision of flexible brokerage to address immediate material and financial needs.
To build the capacity of the kinship carers to better understand and respond to the needs of the children and young people in their care.
Promoting child safety, stability and development through the provision of targeted family services support.
A minimum mandatory Diploma level qualification in Community Services, Psychology, Social Work, or related discipline that is recognised in Australia is required for this role, however applicants who are nearing completion of their final years of study may be considered for this role at an unqualified rate until the qualification is complete.
You will also have;
Experience in the child and family welfare field supporting and maintaining interactive connections with family/carers and the community.
You have the ability to actively engage kinship families in decision-making processes.
You hold an understanding of the inter-generational factors and complex inter-relationships between extended family members that can impact kinship placements.
You can work with children, young people and families through an attachment and trauma based lens.
- Contact: Sharelle Davidson, Senior Manager Child & Family Services on 03 5822 8100