- Join an established Family Services team in a newly created role
- Take a lead role in support families navigate the NDIS effectively
- Full time role, fixed term to 30 June 2022
Disability Specialist Practitioner
Families who are vulnerable and where there are disabilities may require considerable support from services to access and participate effectively in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The complexity of accessing and navigating the scheme can leave vulnerable families at risk of exclusion from the scheme or unable to optimise the funded disability supports they are entitled to receive.
The Family Services Specialist Disability Practitioner role will assist vulnerable children and parents with disabilities to access disability supports and participate effectively in the NDIS. The role is also designed to build both disability and NDIS expertise across the Family Services system.
A key focus is to address challenges many vulnerable families face in accessing disability support needs, particularly those available through the NDIS. The role has the responsibilities of supporting families with NDIS access and participation, and assisting families to navigate systems of disability support, including the NDIS, disability advocates, disability service providers and mainstream services. The role will also provide disability-related case consultations to the broader Family Services system within the BPA Alliance area, with the aim of supporting practitioners working in Family Services to maximise disability supports and improve outcomes available through the NDIS for families where there is a disability.
At Anglicare Victoria our focus is on transforming the futures of children and young people, families and adults. Our work is based on three guiding pillars, Prevent, Protect, and Empower. We offer a comprehensive network of services and seek to ensure the provision of high quality services that will bring about significant improvements in the life experience of the young people, children and families/caregivers with whom we work.
To co-ordinate the delivery of a high quality program that provides genuine and positive outcomes for clients
To Be Successful in this Position You Will Need:
1. A relevant tertiary qualification in Social Work, Psychology, Early Childhood Specialist and / or related behavioural sciences at degree level or associate diploma level with substantial experience in the relevant service stream.
2. Demonstrated experience and a strong knowledge of the NDIS and the disability sector, specifically regarding NDIS planning, advocacy and an understanding of the range of services that support children, young people and parents who have disabilities.
3. A strong understanding of issues facing families where there is disability and demonstrated experience working with families who have children with a disability, including skills in engagement and holistic assessment of needs and action planning.
4. Demonstrated awareness and commitment to working within the Best Interest Principles outlined in the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005, including demonstrated resilience to work with and support clients who have been exposed to trauma, violence or neglect.
5. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a diverse range of stakeholders to reach the best outcomes for children, young people and families.
6. Demonstrated computer skills in Microsoft Office packages and other statistical databases. Excellent written and verbal communication, time management and organisational skills.
Please Note: It is mandatory for the successful applicant to hold a current Working with Children Check and be prepared to undergo a National Criminal History Check prior to commencement.
For a detailed position description, click here: PD - FS Specialist Disability Practitioner - fulltime - SOUTH - June 2021.pdf
To apply for this position you will need to complete the online application. You will be requested to attach your resume and your responses to the Key Selection Criteria as separate documents.
For further enquiries Kristy Reed Program Manager Family Services on 97816700
Applications close 25 June 2021
We encourage and welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
Anglicare Victoria acknowledges Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we operate. We commit to working respectfully to honour their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this country.
Diversity and inclusivity are important to Anglicare Victoria and we are committed to ensuring our workplace and services reflect this. Everyone is welcome at Anglicare Victoria, regardless of age, ethnicity, cultural background, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation and physical ability.