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Lead Practitioner - Rapid Response

Apply Job no: 510542
Work type: Full Time Limited Tenure
Location: Regional Victoria – Gippsland
Categories: Family Services

Rapid Response Lead Practitioner 

  • Lead a small team working in an Evidence Based Model  

  • SCHADS Level 7, Full-Time Limited Tenure until October 2022

  • Generous NFP salary packing available 

About AV 

At Anglicare Victoria (AV) 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. 

In joining AV, you will be part of a positive work culture with access to professional development training, paid study leave, and opportunities for career progression in one of the largest community service organisations in Victoria. 

We are committed to supporting the health, wellbeing and resilience of our staff. You will have access to a range of free wellbeing activities including yoga and meditation, discounted health insurance and access to our Employee Assistance Program.   

The Team 

Rapid Response is part of AV’s approach to the Department of Families, Fairness & Housing’s (DFFH) state-wide initiative to support Family Preservation & Reunification (FPR). The Rapid Response team compliment a suite of family supports provided within the FPR model. 

The evidence-based program aims to prevent children being placed in Out of Home Care (OoHC) by providing families with short-term and intensive (up to 15 hours per week) face to face support. A safety-focused plan is developed with child protection and the family, and provides intensive, in-home support to address the crisis. Rapid Response Practitioners focus on addressing the protective concerns utilising a strengths-based approach that incorporates coaching and role modelling to build on parental strengths, skills, knowledge and resources to increase the levels of safety within the home. 

This Role 

The Rapid Response Lead Practitioner will:  

  • Lead a team in supervision, reflective practice and weekly Rapid Response Case Consultation Meetings 

  • Oversee and coordinate referrals from Child Protection and ensure the Rapid Response team work collaboratively with Child Protection Practitioners and families to ensure risk assessments and safety plans are maintained and tracked utilising the Signs of Safety™ approach, including conducting joint visits with Child Protection staff. 

  • Ensure the team/s provide a targeted intervention in the family home at flexible times and when they are most receptive to learning; this may include early mornings, evenings. 

  • Fulfil program requirements regarding case recording, data collection, registration standards and other requirements such as the Rapid Response and FPR evaluations. 

  • Monitor program performance and outcomes through the collection and analysis of service data and implement changes to the operation of the program. 

  • To work in conjunction with the Program Manager and EBM Practice & Implementation. Lead to plan and implement responses in relation to program, sector and service developments. 

  • Identify performance trends, best practices, and opportunities for improvement. 

  • Contributes to the performance monitoring and reporting requirements of the Rapid Response program to ensure model fidelity. 

  • Ensure the Practitioners strengthen family connections, promoting placement prevention and the safety of children, young people and parents. 

Role Requirements  

To be successful in this position you will need:  

  • A relevant tertiary qualification in Social Work, Psychology, Early Childhood Specialist and/or related behavioural sciences at degree level with relevant experience; or diploma level with substantial experience. (Refer to Position Description for overseas qualifications) 

  • The ability to demonstrate competency against the knowledge, skills and personal qualities outlined on page 2 of the Position Description

  • The ability to perform work outside of standard office hours to service the needs of clients 

  • A current Victorian driver’s license and Working with Children Check and be prepared to undergo Criminal History Check(s) prior to commencement 

For the full requirements please read the Position Description here: Download File Position Description - Lead Practitioner (AVAW LP FPR RR 2021V1) (002) (2).pdf

To Apply 

Apply online via the AV careers page, attaching a resume and cover letter outlining how you meet the key selection criteria.  

For further enquiries please contact Amanda Thomas,  Program Manager (03) 5135 9555  

Applications close 27 May 2022

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. 

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