The Newpin program specialises in the development of emotional maturity and well-being of parents who have children placed in Out of Home Care due to child protection concerns. Newpin promotes the skills that parents need to manage practical as well as emotional challenges in the parenting of their child/ren; as well as increasing the elements of safety within the family.
About the opportunity
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Family Worker to assist in the important work of a Newpin Centre in Wyong on a casual basis. This role is responsible for providing centre based therapeutic support to families referred for the restoration of their child/ren or for family preservation.
The role is focused on working intensively and therapeutically within the Newpin Model and Newpin core values and is informed by attachment, developmental and trauma informed practice.
- Work within a trauma informed practice framework to provide informal and formal therapeutic interventions for groups, individual parents and children. This includes facilitating therapeutic support groups, contact visits for children in OOHC and their parents, playroom activities, time in the lounge room and lunch times.
- Plan for and facilitate psycho-educational groups as part of the components of the Personal Development Program and other workshops as required.
- Management of restoration and family preservation family work/casework for families attending the program according to the program’s procedural requirements including; initial interviews, planning, advocacy and referral to ensure service provision is responsive to the families changing needs.
- Work in partnership with parents to assess individual and family needs by completing the North Carolina Family Assessment Scale (NCFAS), develop Family Case Plans and review on a six monthly basis or as needed
- Participate in case conferences for families working towards restoration and those working toward family preservation to ensure a clear Case Plan is drawn up and agreed to by all parties.
- Develop and maintain collaborative relationships and effective communication with Family and Community Services staff to facilitate effective practice and the best outcomes for Newpin parents and their children
- Tertiary qualifications such as a degree in Social Work, Psychology or Social Sciences with at least 2 years’ experience providing therapeutic support to children and families OR a Diploma in social Welfare.
- Demonstrated skills and experience facilitating therapeutic support and psycho- educational group work programs.
- Ability to engage with families in crisis and working in partnership with them to achieve their goals.
- Understanding of child protection issues and an ability to conduct risk and family assessments using a strength based approach.
- Current drivers licence and NSW Working with Children’s check
Applications close on the 27th March.
Employment with Uniting is subject to satisfactory background checks which include a National Police Check and Reference Check.