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The Senior Specialist Family Violence Practitioner delivers high quality face to face and over the phone support to women and children who are experiencing or have experienced family violence across the Bayside Peninsula Region.

The role involves extensive knowledge and understanding of the family violence response to support victim survivors with complex needs. The caseload held by this role involves high risk and complex needs requiring a deep understanding of MARAM and working with victim survivors and their children. The position provides client-centred and trauma-informed casework with an intersectional lens.

This role aims at supporting women and children to increase their safety through risk assessments and management. This involves working collaboratively with other services including leading care team meetings and participating in internal and external meetings as required. This role also involves providing secondary consults and supervising students in their placements.


·         Provide a specialist family violence response to women and children who are/have experienced family violence.

·         Undertake ongoing MARAM comprehensive risk and needs assessment of women and children including completing risk analysis and working on risk mitigation strategies.

·         Ensuring that the children’s voices are heard by assessing their risks and needs with them when appropriate to do so.

·         Complete risk management plan and liaise with other services and stakeholders to increase safety of women and children experiencing family violence.

·         Provide psychoeducation about family violence and the impact of its trauma on children.

·         Completing outreach and providing material aid that promotes safety and addressing the clients’ immediate needs.

·         Developing, in collaboration with the victim survivor, a comprehensive holistic case plan while applying an intersectional lens.

·         Producing high quality documentation including mapping the perpetrator’s behaviour and its impact on the adult and children victim survivors.

·         Supporting the victim survivors in appointments with other services as required.

Qualifications and Experience

·   Appropriate tertiary qualification in Social Work, Psychology, or a related tertiary discipline is essential as per Recommendation 209 (see below for further information)

·   Experience working in the family violence sector as per the minimum qualifications to work in the family violence sector as from the 1st of July 2021.

·   Demonstrated experience using MARAM to assess risk, needs and protective factors of women and children, risk mitigation including safety planning and determining appropriate referral pathways

·   Demonstrated ability to apply a client-centred and trauma-informed framework to the various presentations of women and children

·   Experience working with diverse communities experiencing multiple forms of discrimination and disadvantage (e.g. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities; people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities; people with disability; people from LGBTI communities).

Position Description


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Paid Parental Leave

Paid Study Leave

Long Service Leave

Flexible Working Arrangements

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