Kinship Engagement Worker

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Job Details

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Department: Department of Health and Human Services
Work Type: Ongoing - full time or part time
Job Function: Community Services
Classification: CYF4
Work Location: Melbourne - Northern Metro
Reference: VG/DHHS/ND/562322B
Closing Date: 25-Aug-2019
Salary Range: $93,747 - $103,439
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: CYF-4 Kinship Engagement Worker 562322 (5 positions) (Aug 2019).docx (Word, 111KB)
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Contact: Rural: Tara Downes/ Metro: Raelene Matejka
Ph: 5434 5785 / Ph: 9412 5359

Position Details

Number of vacancies available: 5

Office Location(s)
: Various locations 

Mallee Area (full time) 562322
Loddon Area, (full time) 562323
Hume Moreland Area, (full time) 562324
North East Melbourne Area (full time) 562325, (part time) 562327

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Position Summary:

Located within one of the 17 department areas in the Placement Coordination Unit, this innovative position will drive positive changes and enhance the life outcomes for children and young people across each of the Department of Health and Human Services' areas. The Kinship Engagement Worker, supervised by the Kinship Engagement Coordinator, will work under the new 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.


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?

How to Apply:

Applicants are encouraged to apply online, submitting a cover letter and a current resume.

Please note:

For this role, you are not required to address each of the key selection criteria in a separate written document. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review our Careers Page. This page provides information on the department's recruitment and safety screening processes.

Click 'Apply Now' below to submit your interest in this role.
For further information please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website:

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.

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