Specialist Family Violence Advisor

  • Bayside Peninsula region
  • Full time -12 months Fixed term Contract
  • Join a friendly supportive team working with vulnerable women and children
  • Around the world the Good Shepherd network is working to create just and equal communities where women and girls can live full, safe lives.  We have been committed to our mission for nearly 200 years; working for social change.  Wherever we are, we strive to team up with people who share our mission, vision and passion for social justice because the need is great.

    Our areas of expertise are, safety and resilience, educational pathways and financial security.

    Our Safety & Resilience services are delivered across Victoria and New South Wales and include integrated family and youth services, a range of family violence response services, counselling and case management for children, young people, women and families and support for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness (including refuge accommodation for women and children who have experienced family violence).

    This Specialist Family Violence Advisor – Capacity Building Pilot Program has been developed to contribute towards recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The Specialist Family Violence Advisor will provide expertise to major Mental Health (MH) and Alcohol and Other Drugs (AoD) services across the Bayside Peninsula to identify and respond to family violence with their clients who may be victims or perpetrators of family violence and enable cross-sector collaboration through the promotion of shared casework models.

    This Program will be supported by a Statewide Program Coordinator and a Community of Practice.

    The successful candidate will have a strong understanding and experience working in family violence service delivery and demonstrated ability to build relationships, networks and enhance referral pathways for clients within the Alcohol and Other Drug and Mental Health sectors who are experiencing or perpetrating family violence.

    Advisors employed in this Program will work toward the following outcomes in the Bayside Peninsula region:

    • Support capacity building within the MH and AoD sectors through access to specialist family violence expertise and advice in identifying, recognising and responding to family violence
    • Strengthening networks and collaborations between agencies and across the three sectors
    • Enhanced referral pathways to provide a more integrated and collaborative health and human service system response to family violence
    • Earlier recognition of and intervention into family violence situations for clients of mental health and alcohol and other drug services
    • Enhanced quality and consistency of the service response to victim survivors and perpetrators of family violence at whatever point they access the health and human services systems.

    The successful candidate will have the following:

    • A degree in social work or a related community services discipline
    • At least five years’ experience in the specialist family violence sector including working knowledge of the CRAF
    • In-depth knowledge of the landscape of family violence and other health and human services in the catchment
    • Understanding of historical and contemporary issues that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australian society around health and family violence, and capacity to work in a culturally informed and respectful manner
    • Working understanding of relevant legislation in the context of family violence, including but not limited to the Family Violence Protection Act 2008; Children, Youth and Families Act 2005; Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014; Health Records Act 2001, the CRAF and Victoria Police Code of Practice.
    • Current Working with Children Check
    • Current Australian Driver’s licence in order to fulfil the colocation requirements of the role
    • Willingness to undergo police criminal history records check

    You will demonstrate commitment to social justice, gender equity and alignment with the values and mission of GSANZ.

    We provide ongoing professional development for staff, encourage flexible working arrangements amongst other benefits. This role is classified at Level 6 SCHADS 2010 Award including salary packaging benefits.

    To download a copy of the position description and find out more about the role and the work of Good Shepherd please go to www.goodshep.org.au/join-us/

    Too apply please review the position description and email a short covering letter outlining your relevant skills and expertise along with a copy of your resume to recruitment@goodshep.org.au Applications close 9pm Sunday 23 July 2017

    For further information please contact Sue Weatherill via email at Sue.Weatherill@goodshep.org.au

    Good Shepherd is a Child Safe employer. Employment is subject to satisfactory referee checks, a current employment Working with Children Check, National Criminal History check and proof of the right to work in Australia. GSANZ is an equal opportunity employer, people who identify as Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander or other diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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