Kinship Engagement Worker, Placement and Support Planning Unit

The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) works hard to create equal opportunities for all Victorians to live a safe, respected and valued life.

Our areas of focus are child protection, housing, disability, the prevention of family violence, multicultural affairs, LGBTQI+ equality, veterans, women and youth. The work we do benefits thousands of Victorians, particularly those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable.

We work in a variety of community-based settings, including people's homes, residential facilities and secure settings across metropolitan, rural and regional Victoria.

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Job Details

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Department: Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
Work Type: Fixed term - part time
Job Function: Community Services
Classification: CYF4
Work Location: Melbourne - Northern Metro
Reference: VG/DFFH/COPL/562325
Closing Date: 06-Oct-2022
Salary Range: $99,009 - $109,247
Job Duration: Until 31/12/2022
Attachments: CYF-4 Kinship Engagement Worker, DFFH.COPL.562325, PD Sep 2022.docx (Word, 127KB)

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Contact: Aneta Hudson - Kinship Engagement Coordinator
Ph 03-5624-0600

Position Details

Kinship Engagement Worker

Located in the Placement and Support Planning program this innovative position will drive positive changes and enhance the life outcomes for children and young people. The  0.5 EFT Kinship Engagement Worker, North East Melbourne Area, supervised by the Kinship Engagement Coordinator, will work under the model of kinship care which was rolled out across Victoria in March 2018.

In this role you will promote placement stability by providing ongoing and flexible support to kinship placements and may conduct kinship finding activities to identify potential kinship or respite options, or mentors for child and young people subject to child protection intervention. You will also assist with embedding all components of the kinship model into practice.

Kinship care is provided by relatives or a member of child or young person's social network when a child cannot live with their parents. In March 2018, a new model of kinship care was rolled out across Victoria. The model focuses on: better and earlier identification of kinship carers; strengthening connections for Aboriginal children and young people with family, culture and community; providing increased, ongoing support for carers, children and young people; and a greater emphasis on assessing the needs of carers, children and young people.

The kinship care model includes dedicated kinship practitioners employed by the department. There is additional investment to provide better support to placements from commencement and identifying the needs of carers, children and young people. There is also additional support to Aboriginal agencies to strengthen supports to Aboriginal children and young people, including finding extended family, supporting carers and helping children and young people return to their parents where possible.

The .5 NEMA Kinship Engagement Worker  with a full time KEW and the Kinship Engagement Coordinator has a significant role in the continued implementation and embedding of the model of kinship care in the North East Melbourne Area. The Kinship Engagement Worker may undertake the initial search for a child or young person's extended family network, promotes placement quality and stability and supports children and young people by being a key contact point for kinship carers and providing flexible kinship support. The Kinship Engagement Worker will report to the Kinship Engagement Coordinator.

The Kinship Engagement teams work closely with Child Protection to support the case plan goals.

Are You

  • A strengths-based practitioner who is child-centred and family-focused, with a commitment to securing positive outcomes and enhancing opportunities for children and young people accessing out of home care?
  • Ready to contribute to the ongoing development of services?
  • Comfortable with supporting new initiatives, policy and processes?


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Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process. 
Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including a national police check and misconduct screening.

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