Family Worker Specialist – Western and Far West

Last updated 3 days ago
Job Type:Full Time

The Family Connect and Support(FCS)program is a whole-of-family service for children, young people and their families experiencing or at risk of experiencing vulnerability. The program will provide early assessment, support and linkages for families designed to keep them and their children safe and well.

About the role

This role is responsible for the assessment of children, young people and families referred to the FCS. You will conduct comprehensive whole of family based assessments through a range of approaches to determine immediate needs of the families, children and young people. You will manage a caseload of families with medium to high complexities and using a coordinated approach, address and prevent the escalation of current issues and concerns.

This is a full time permanent position in based in Broken Hill

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Deliver services that are built on evidence based frameworks, approaches and models and maintain program fidelity
  • Conduct comprehensive needs assessments to determine the level of complexity and vulnerability of children, young people and families and align them with the FCS tiered service response types
  • Maintain a caseload of approx. 20 families
  • Utilise a range of client engagement approaches that are flexible and responsive to need, including; home visiting, cold calling and meeting in community locations when appropriate
  • Operate an outreach and intake system for children, young people and families that are in line with the identified priority cohorts.
  • Source and develop new partnerships with local stakeholders that support and enhance the FCS program
  • Work closely with the FCS Triage and Intake Officer in a way that supports the seamless transition of families from assessment to ongoing support
  • Be available to provide services at flexible times and in locations that are most suitable to the needs to the children, young people and families

About you

  • Bachelor degree qualification in Social Sciences, Youth Work or equivalent experiences in a similar role
  • Previous experience working with children, young people and their families
  • Demonstrated experience conducting comprehensive needs assessments with the focus on risk and safety planning for children, young people and families.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage families with high complex issues and work in partnership with them to identify needs, utilising the Common Assessment Tool
  • Demonstrated ability to develop case plans that acknowledge and utilise the strengths of the client, their families and the community
  • Demonstrated experience working with Aboriginal children, young people and their families in a way that is culturally appropriate and responsive
  • Availability to travel extensively throughout the region including extended overnight stays
  • Current drivers licence
  • Current WWCC


  • Salary packaging benefits. Use up to $15, 900 annually of your pre-tax income for expenses such as rent, mortgage, loans, utilities.

Employment with Uniting is subject to satisfactory background checks which will include a National Police, reference and Working with Children checks.