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February

Fpp Specialist

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community Heal... - Logan Central, QLD

Voluntary, Charity & Social Work
Source: uWorkin

JOB DESCRIPTION

Introduction:
About us:
ATSICHS Brisbane is a not-for-profit community owned health and human services organisation delivering on the unique health and wellbeing needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in greater Brisbane and Logan. We are the largest, most comprehensive Aboriginal Medical Health Service in Queensland. Our services include medical and dental clinics, family and child services, social and emotional wellbeing services, early childhood programs, youth services and an aged care facility.

Our vision for the future is to deliver healthy, connected Indigenous urban communities. To do this we are focusing on five strategic priorities:

  • ​​ 1. Champion healthy individuals and thriving families
Build a strong and sustainable future
Innovation and excellence
Our partners
Our people

See more at our website - http://atsichsbrisbane.org.au

What we offer:
Optional salary packaging, meal entertainment cards, and novated leases
Opportunity to work for one of Australia's leading Aboriginal Medical Services;
Competitive remuneration;
Ability to visibly see your impact on the business and its service;
Access to medical and dental services

Description:
The FPP Specialist will work with families (immediate and extended) to build their agency and empower their voices to be heard as part of understanding and addressing Child Safety worries and concerns. This is achieved by working closely with families to facilitate ownership of their present reality and an understanding of the potential impacts on their children, harness positive self-belief to change, facilitate a family-led plan (to overcome safety concerns) and empower the family’s voice to Child Safety in leading their change. The role does not make decisions for families. Instead the FPP Specialist work to empower families to exercise their right to self-determination and make their own informed decisions by building a family’s acceptance of reality and readiness to enact change

The Family Participation Program (FPP) Specialist will work with families involved in the statutory child protection system to reduce further statutory interventions and child removal by mitigating safety concerns raised by the Department of Child Safety using a Family Led Decision Making framework. The role is independent from Child Safety and works in partnership with families to reduce child safety concerns and help children remain safe in the family home. The role works heavily, but not solely, in the Investigation and Assessment (I&A) phase of the child safety continuum in reducing the disproportionate rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children involved with the statutory Child Protection system.

The FPP Specialist will work with families (immediate and extended) to build their agency and empower their voices to be heard as part of understanding and addressing Child Safety worries and concerns. This is achieved by working closely with families to facilitate ownership of their present reality and an understanding of the potential impacts on their children, harness positive self-belief to change, facilitate a family-led plan (to overcome safety concerns) and empower the family’s voice to Child Safety in leading their change. The role does not make decisions for families. Instead the FPP Specialist work to empower families to exercise their right to self-determination and make their own informed decisions by building a family’s acceptance of reality and readiness to enact change.

The Family Participation Program Specialist delivers brief counselling and targeted family intervention strategies that achieve the core family outcomes of the program, including:

  • Family Knowledge of Child Safety Processes: Build a family’s knowledge and understanding of the child safety system, including a clear awareness of the decisions and actions that may result in further child safety interventions, that is achieved through positive family interventions strategies, not fear.
  • Family Perception of Child Wellbeing & Safety: Improve a family’s perception and understanding of perceived safety, to make informed decisions that reduce the risk of ongoing child safety interventions, while also ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children.
  • Family Perception of Chid Safety Presented Concerns: Proactively influence and challenge the family’s perception of child safety worries that build a family’s personal insight and ownership of their issues and directly improves their motivation to change.
  • Family Led Decision Making: Build and facilitate a family’s ability to develop a family-led support plan to address child safety concerns with clear targets and timeframes.
  • Investigation and Assessment, Risk Mitigation: Identify and facilitate immediate supports for a family, based on the family-led plan that mitigates child safety concerns in the Investigation and Assessment (I&A) phase to reduce further statutory intervention, while meeting strict timelines.
  • Child Safety Legislative Timeframes: Build the capacity of families to meet child safety legislative timeframes, particularly in the Investigation and Assessment (I&A) phase, ensuring all case work meets quality practice standards.
  • Kin Placements: Identify and build alternative kin care placements, both as mitigating possible removal risk and actual placement, working closely to identify extended family prior to a child removal.
  • Voluntary Child Protection: Provide intensive support to families across the voluntary child protection continuum, including Intervention with Parental Agreement (IPA) and Service Support Case that support families to meet the safety and care needs of children with the aim of securing children living at home in a safe environment.
The role actively delivers one-to-one brief therapeutic mental health interventions, particularly focused around motivation/change readiness brief interventions, self-esteem practical supports (affirming strengths, facing fears, doubting doubt) and personal agency thinking (goal directed energy) brief interventions with the immediate and extended family.

In addition, the FPP Specialist will take a leadership role with Child Safety by leading the mentoring and development of Child Safety Service Centre (CSSC) staff on Family Led Decision Making practice across the continuum of safety and intervention. The role will also fulfil the ‘Critical Friend’ role in proving a critical lens to cases outside of catchment or allocation in program, ensuring statutory case work meets legislation, best practice and Placement Principles when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families. Finally, the role will lead the implementation of related practice and project reform initiatives in local CSSC.

Skills and Experiences:
Essential

Qualification and/or Experience:
Current Bachelor’s Degree, in Social Work, Human Services, Social Science, Health, Allied Health, Youth Work, Community Services, Family Intervention or Criminology with 4 years’ relevant experience in family support or child protection field

OR

Current Diploma in Community Services, Social Work, Human Services, Child and Family, Allied Health, Youth Work, Child and Family Intervention with 5 years’ relevant experience in family support or child protection field

AND

With at least 3 years of abovementioned experience in a case management role

Skills and Knowledge:
  • Demonstrated ability and comfortableness working in a performance driven environment to meet individual weekly, monthly and quarterly performance targets.
  • Demonstrated ability to build client agency, self-efficacy and facilitate change through client empowerment, while actively discouraging client dependence on supports.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to provide behaviour change interventions that build client self-awareness and active change in achieving their identified goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with the whole-of-family, irrespective of primary client, in meeting the totality of family needs.
  • Demonstrated ability in coordinating multiple services in providing access to holistic care for clients, particularly integrating internal agency supports across multiple teams.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the factors contributing to vulnerability, disengagement, and intergenerational trauma of client group
  • Experience with case management for high risk and/or crisis clients, with high-level planning and organisational skills.
  • Knowledge of the supports available to target clients in the areas of mental health, substance misuse, education, employment and housing.
Additional Requirements:
  • Requirement to travel across the Logan and/or Brisbane region, as per program location.
  • Current drivers’ licence
  • {Requirement to work outside core 9am-5pm business hours in meeting individual client needs and provide responsive care.
Working with Children’s Card (Blue Card) or be eligible to apply

Logan Central, QLD

Voluntary, Charity & Social Work




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