Family Link Worker
Midland & Geraldton
Parkerville Children and Youth Care has partnered with Innovation Unit to co-design a new model of Out of Home Care which places children and young people at the centre of our service delivery to facilitate better life outcomes. Our project team is implementing a pilot model to prepare both our organisation and sector for a radical new approach we believe will make a significant difference to the life outcomes of children and young people in WA.
Parkerville Children and Youth Care Inc. have an exciting new opportunity for a Family Link Worker to join the Out of Home Care project team on a part-time to full-time basis. The Family Link Worker is a new and innovative role that is an integral part of Parkerville’s Radically Personalised Care out-of-home care pilot (the OHC Pilot) and the ongoing transformation of Parkerville’s out-of-home care model. The Family Link Worker is responsible for building connections with the child, identified as part of Parkerville’s OHC Pilot, their immediate and/or extended family, the child’s Parkerville Team Leader and their Department of Communities Case Worker. We have flexible opportunities ranging from part-time to full-time opportunities for a Family Link Worker within both Midland and Geraldton.
Reporting to the Practice Lead and working alongside the project team, the Family Link Worker is responsible for the creation and facilitation of the child’s Circle. They use innovative methods to ensure that each child has an ongoing and positive connection with important family and community members. They have an understanding that children are best placed with a safe family and focus their work on a reunification / shared care model.
The Family Link Worker will support the project team through a range of activities, including:
- Working directly with children, their families, Parkerville Care Staff and the Care Team, for children who have been identified as part of the OHC Pilot and build rapport and trusting relationships with the Child’s immediate and extended family and other’s the child deems part of their circle,
- Using knowledge of Ecological systems theory, Impacts of Developmental Trauma, strengths-based theory, and solution focussed theory to work with and build trusting relationships with the child’s immediate and extended family,
- Using innovative approaches to ensure all children have meaningful connection with those who are important to them. Review these regularly and consult with the child and all circle members,
- Consulting and sharing information related to care issues through attendance and participation in regular Complex Case Review (CCR), other team meetings, and the meetings and workshops related to the OHC Pilot,
- Liaising and collaborating with key external agencies and other stakeholders involved in out of home care in relation to the development of the Radically Personalised Care model,
- Contributing to the development of the service model to deliver Radically Personalised Care, in partnership with internal and external experts, the Learning and Practice Leads,
- Maintaining reports, statistical reports and other required documents in accordance with organisational obligations, policies and processes.
The Family Link Worker will also play an important role in identifying challenges and opportunities form the OHC Pilot, Identify insights from the OHC Pilot that may have connections and implications for Parkerville’s practice beyond the pilot and contribute to Parkerville’s key strategic work against the organisational strategic plan and directions.
In addition to the demonstrated ability to communicate at all levels, the following skills and experience are essential:
- Tertiary qualification(s) in Social Work or a relevant discipline or extensive experience working within a community setting,
- Significant expertise and experience in out-of-home care, trauma-informed practice and working in diverse cultural settings,
- Ability to communicate well to a diverse range of people including children and young people, their families, communities, and other stakeholders involved in the care of the child,
- Ability to form trusting relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders from within a child ecological system,
- Skills in report writing, group facilitation with a range of stakeholders and the ability to report and document incidents and behaviour succinctly and objectively,
- Ability to assess risk and safety plan with Young people and their Families in collaboration with relevant stakeholders,
- A “C” class Driving Licence.
Parkerville Children and Youth Care Inc. is uniquely positioned to provide the successful applicant with the following benefits:
- A competitive remuneration based on demonstrated skills and experience,
- A mobile phone and laptop provided by Parkerville,
- Access to a vehicle for work and personal use,
- Salary Packaging of up to $15,900.
For any job-related enquiries, please contact Johnny Rylatt, Director Out of Home Care, on 0400 972 192 during business hours.
Please visit Matchd - Parkerville CYC - Family Link Worker to apply and follow the prompts via MacthD. Your application should consist of:
- Cover letter and statement addressing the criteria (a maximum of 4 x A-4 pages) outlining your skills, knowledge and experience in relation to the essential criteria contained within the Job Description
- A CV / Resume along with two professional referees one of whom must be your current or most recent Line Manager
Applications should be submitted no later than 4:00pm, Friday 16 April 2021. Applications will be dealt with as they are received. We reserve the right to close the position earlier.
Parkerville Children and Youth Care Inc. has met the Safeguarding Children Standards set out by the Australian Childhood Foundation and received full Safeguarding Children accreditation in September 2019.
Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share our commitment.
Our recruitment and selection processes reflect this commitment and will include criminal records and reference checks for successful applicants.
It is essential that all applicants meet the above criteria and are permitted to work and remain in Australia with no limitations.