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Family/community Bubs Practitioner

Family Life - Sandringham, VIC

Voluntary, Charity & Social Work
Source: uWorkin


Position Title

Family/Community Bubs Practitioner


Integrated Family Services

Employment Type/Hours

1 x Full time, Permanent - 38 hours per week

1 x Full Time, Fixed Term (6 Months) contract - 38 hours per week


Sandringham, Frankston and Remote working and from time to time the incumbent may be requested to work from, or be based at, other Family Life sites.

Reports To

Team Leader or Team Manager Integrated Family Services

Effective Date

June 2021

Overview of Program

Family Life offers Integrated Family Services (which includes Cradle to Kinder and Community Bubs Programs) in the Bayside Peninsula region, aimed at providing an enhanced response to families with significant needs who have children under the age of 18 years old. The service is focused on strengthening the capacity of families to provide a safe, nurturing, and stable environment for their children.

The aim in the Integrated Family Services Team is to provide parenting support based on the needs of families to promote safety and wellbeing. The practitioner’s role aims to ensure children are meeting their developmental milestones and that their needs are being met through direct work with the families. Practitioners in the team may work within the Integrated Family Services, Community Bubs, Cradle to Kinder programs and Brief Intervention teams.

Position Objective

The Family Practitioner role is a full time position within the Integrated Family Services program which provides short and long term case management and support service for vulnerable children, young people aged 0-17 and their families. This position works from both the Sandringham and Frankston Family Life Service Centres.

The Integrated Family Services program aims to provide support to vulnerable children and families who are involved or are at risk of entering the statutory Child Protection system.

The aim of the program is to build parenting capacity and assist parents to be responsive to their child’s developmental needs, including their understanding of child development and building healthy and positive attachments. The practitioner will provide a collaborative response to support, working closely with key stakeholders including Maternal and Child health nurses, Schools, the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (formerly known as DHHS) and other relevant professionals. Whilst this position will pertain predominantly to a case management framework, the incumbent may be required to work across the brief intervention space.

The Family Practitioner will work with a range of clients including where there are complex needs and issues of risk and safety. Typically conducting weekly outreach visits with their allocated families, provide needs based case management utilising a child-centred, feminist and strengths-based approach. The Family Practitioner will work across Case Management in combination with carrying a portfolio which may pertain to relevant group or community based work, a specialised portfolio or internal policy and procedural tasks.

Key Responsibilities

The key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Managing a high-risk caseload, with complex needs, using trauma informed approaches to practice.
  • Working with families by applying a range of service modalities including but not limited to; intake and assessment, brief intervention, care team approach, group work, outreach case management and developing strong working relationships with key agencies such as Child Protection, Schools and Maternal and Child Health Services.
  • Increasing capacity of parents to meet their child’s health, safety and developmental needs, and to build self-resilience through linkages to community support, education, and training and employment opportunities.
  • Promoting safety and stability through strong assessment, case plans and application of appropriate risk assessment frameworks.
  • Providing a collaborative response to Family Violence, including the provision of brief and medium term interventions.
  • Working effectively with parents from a range of backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from CALD backgrounds, LGBTQAI+, people with a disability and young people with a history in out of home care
  • Carrying specialist portfolios such as group work to promote interventions designed to reduce family violence in the community, strengthen family capacity and provide psychoeducation.
  • Delivering services to quality standards, complying with relevant legislation and contractual requirements.
  • Engaging in regular supervision and critical reflection with the Team Leader/ Practice Leader.
  • Participating in appropriate training sessions, network meetings, Team meetings and peer supervision as directed by the line manager.
  • Collecting, recording and maintaining all required documentation to evidence impact and effectiveness of service delivery in a complete, accurate, and timely manner, as requested by the organisation’s standards and program contracts.

Key Selection Criteria

1. Bachelor qualification in Social work, Psychology, Social Sciences or equivalent.

2. Ability to manage a high-risk caseload, with complex needs, using trauma informed approaches to practice.

3. Experience in the delivery of case management based on the ‘Best Interest Principles’ as defined under the Child Youth and Families Act 2005 and other relevant frameworks.

4. Ability to work effectively with families experiencing a range of complexities including Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug misuse, Family Violence, Sexual Abuse and Trauma.

5. Working knowledge of universal, secondary, and tertiary service systems, including Child Protection.

6. Ability to articulate and reflect upon personal and professional values and work effectively under pressure and respond appropriately to crises.

7. Ability to promote safety and stability through ongoing application of risk assessment.

8. Commitment to meeting the needs of at risk families and children guided by the organisation’s whole of family approach and community based model of service delivery.

9. High level of verbal and written communication skills to conduct effective risk assessment, case noting and sound administration. In combination with this experience, the ability to utilise these within the organisation’s computer based software.

10. Information technology skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, Google suite, video conferencing platforms and client management systems.

Sandringham, VIC

Voluntary, Charity & Social Work


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