Specialist Family Violence Practitioner - Rapid Response / After Hours

  • Full time, ongoing - mix of day and evening shifts and rostered on-call
  • Located in Southern Melbourne area
  • Professional development and career advancement opportunities
  • Inclusive and diverse team environment
  • Wayss encourages creativity and innovative thinking
  • Opportunity to work from home up to 2 days per week
  • WFH desktop equipment provided
  • Salary $92,773 (SCHADS Level 5.3) plus shift allowances
  • Generous salary packaging benefit up to $15,900
  • 5 weeks annual leave

Working for Wayss
Our people matter. Without them, we would be unable to make a meaningful impact in the lives of people facing homelessness and family violence. This is our motivation in creating Wayss as a great place to work.

Wayss is the largest provider of family violence, homelessness, housing and services in the South East Melbourne area.  We exist so people can live a life free from family violence and have access to safe, sustainable and affordable housing.

Our vision is to be the major provider of social housing services and leading edge client support programs in the Southern Melbourne Metropolitan region.  
We deliver funded services and programs across the local government areas of Greater Dandenong, Frankston, Casey and Cardinia.
Wayss Family Violence program delivers a range of services in response to women and children experiencing or escaping family violence.  They include:   
  • Family Violence Refuge
  • Rapid Response, including after-hours support
  • Case Management
  • Crisis Intake
  • RAMP
  • Personal Safety Initiative
  • Family Violence Housing Pathways
  • Therapeutic children’s work
  • Family Advocacy and Support Services (FASS), based at Family Court
  • Family Violence/Child Protection Partnership
  • The Orange Door, Southern Melbourne area

About the role
Reporting to the Team Leader Rapid Response, the Practitioner provides vital face to face response and phone support for women and families who are leaving or have recently left their home due to family violence, providing short term interventions that support and assist during an immediate period of crisis.  Rapid Response also provide an immediate interim response and manage the Active Hold list.  Working as part of a team the position responds to requests primarily from Safe Steps, Victoria Police, The Orange Door, hospitals, SECASA and internally from other Wayss programs.

About you  

  • Relevant tertiary qualification(s) in social work, or a related discipline. (Compliant with Family Violence Minimum Qualifications (Rec 209) https://www.vic.gov.au/mandatory-minimum-qualifications-specialist-family-violence-practitioners
  • Relevant experience working in the community services sector in family violence services
  • Demonstrated experience and capability in:
         - Responding to requests for services.
         - Facilitating a family violence risk assessment using MARAM.
         - Safety planning.
         - Short term case management.
         - Providing advocacy and support.
         - Working autonomously and under limited direction.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to improving service delivery and practice that support better outcomes for clients who have experienced family violence
  • Highly developed interpersonal and problem-solving skills to effectively respond to women and accompanying children in crisis
  • The ability to work collaboratively and build strong, authentic and supportive working relationships
This role requires a current Driver’s Licence and valid Working With Children Check Clearance.  The candidate will need to have successfully completed Wayss pre-employment screening, a police check and provide evidence of full Covid-19 vaccination compliance.

Applications close 9am, 3 April 2023.
Please ensure you include a covering letter, outlining your experience in relation to the "About You" section in the Position Description.  Enquiries about the position can be directed to Brenna Johnstone, Manager, Family Violence Response program on 8797 1607.
The Position Description can be obtained by visiting https://www.wayss.org.au/careers-at-wayss/ 

Wayss is proud to be an inclusive and child safe organisation. 
Wayss is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to being an organisation that embraces a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion within our workforce and approach to service delivery. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic communities, people of all ages and LGBTIQ people.  Wayss is a proud Rainbow Tick accredited organisation that welcomes everyone across the LGBTIQ community.