The Aboriginal Child Specialist Advice and Support Service Case Worker (ACSASS) is responsible for working as a part of a team to assist, support and strengthen Aboriginal families who are in contact with Child Protection. The ACSASS case worker is responsible for providing Child Protection Practitioners advice and support about culturally appropriate intervention and service delivery ACSASS will provide information to the family regarding what their rights and responsibilities are and what services are available to them.
ACSASS are to ensure that Child Protection’s decisions are made in the best interest of the child/children and/or young person and assuring that connection to culture is always upheld. When a child/children and/or young person is at risk of or experiencing emotional/physical abuse, neglect, family violence, intellectual underdevelopment and /or sexual abuse Child Protection may become involved. At this stage ACSASS will become involved also and will remain involved until all goals/tasks have been met. The ACSASS case worker will be required to build, maintain and foster strong relationships with Child Protection and other agencies.
The ACSASS is a 24/7 service and as such workers are required to provide an after-hours service based on a rotating roster.
- Full Time Employment until 20/02/2020 (Possibility of Extension)
- Salary based on qualifications and experience plus 9.5% Superannuation
- Access to Salary Packaging
Key Selection Criteria
- Applicants must identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander under section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act
- A tertiary qualification in Social Work and/or Diploma of Community Services or equivalent.
- Sound Knowledge of local issues and needs of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and the issues that Aboriginal families are facing today
- Ability in convening and mediating outcomes with groups
- A sound understanding of child and adolescent development, intervention techniques and strategies related to the protection of children and young people from abuse and neglect
- Capacity to engage Aboriginal Children and their families in collaborative planning processes
- Demonstrated knowledge of requirements in relation to policies, legislation, program and practices in relation to child welfare
- Experience in preparing written reports including reports with statistical data collected from service delivery reporting and recording accurate case notes
- With strengths based approach, solve problems based on operational knowledge and experience, sourcing useful information, looking for underlying reasons and suggesting alternative actions for clients and staff.
- Commitment to after hours including weekends and public holidays