Position Title: Case Worker Team: Kinship Care Region: Gippsland
Supervisor: Team Leader Delegations and Authorities: Band: (A-F) A Supervisor: Team Leader
Kinship Care In Line with Delegations Policy Kinship Care
OUR VISION AND FOCUS ROLE CONTEXT
Our Vision at Berry Street is that all children have a good Kinship Care is the care provided to a child or sibling group by their extended family or
childhood, growing up where they feel safe, nurtured and friends, when they are unable to be cared for by their own parents. This kinship
have hope for the future. arrangement my come about through informal family arrangement, Child Protection
intervention, Permanent Care or Family Court involvement.
Berry Street chooses to work with children, young people and
families with the most challenging and complex issues arising Berry Street Kinship Care Service is a Gippsland wide service and is designed to
from their experience of abuse, neglect or violence. accommodate all kinship arrangements. The service is tiered and provides for an
information and advice phone line, family services outreach service and Child Protection
To achieve our Vision, Berry Street delivers a wide range of
contracted case management.
services across metropolitan, regional and rural Victoria - from
strengthening families and communities to those that focus on
helping children, young people and adults recover from the
PRIMARY OBJECTIVES OF THE ROLE
trauma of violence, abuse and neglect.
We group our programs into: community, education, family The Kinship Care Case Worker will be responsible for all facets of service delivery
services, foster and kinship care, residential care, therapeutic including case management and family services intervention, and interaction with Child
services and youth services. Protection and other government program areas and local community services. Workers
will also be expected to facilitate forums and provide community and professional
education to service users.
Berry Street expects all staff to apply these Values in all
aspects of their work. REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS
Courage: To be the best we can be and to never give up The Kinship Care Case Workers may be based at our Warragul, Morwell or Sale offices.
Integrity: Expect a personal and organisation commitment This role reports to the Team Leader - Kinship Care who will provide supervision and
to honesty direction. The role has no direct reports and will work in conjunction with the Kinship Care
Respect: Acknowledge the importance of each person’s Team.
heritage, traditions, identity, needs and aspirations
Accountability: Be responsible for our own actions
Working Together: Work with our clients, each other and
our colleagues to share knowledge, ideas, resources and
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED TO FULFIL THE ROLE
A capacity and ability to demonstrate Berry Street’s Core Capabilities is required to be successful in this role. The Capabilities describe how you will go
about fulfilling this role. Berry Street’s core capabilities are Demonstrates Leadership, Cultivates Productive Working Relationships, Delivers Quality
Outcomes, Thinks Clearly and Manages Self.
Further details regarding these capabilities can be found on our website. Please refer to the Band A Capabilities which are applicable to this role.
• Ability to actively engage kinship families in decision-making • A sound knowledge of service responses and interventions that can
processes. positively impact on a child’s development, and those that can assist in
• An understanding of the inter-generational factors and complex promoting change in behaviour to increase parenting capacity.
inter-relationships between extended family members that can • High level communication skills that include the ability to
promote and impede their capacity to collaboratively provide good constructively provide open and honest feedback to families in relation
care of a child. to both strengths and deficits in parenting skills/practices, related to
• An understanding of child development and attachment and making changes in the best interests of the child/ren.
trauma factors that can impede a child’s development, including • Ability to establish, and maintain positive and productive working
early indicators and patterns of behaviour leading to cumulative arrangements with Child Protection and other key Service Providers and
harm. intakes into other sectors.
• An understanding of the relevant legislation and risk and needs • Ability to maintain records compliant with legislation and standards and
assessment framework. data systems for reporting and informing planning.
• Ability to advocate and present cases for access to services on
behalf of families.
• Ability to make timely, sound decisions about interventions
required, and consult for the purposes of assessment and decision-
making in the best interests of the child/ren.
QUALIFICATIONS AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS DESIRABLE
• An appropriate tertiary qualification in Psychology, Social Work or a • Previous experience as a Case Worker in this sector.
related discipline is essential.
• WWCC and satisfactory Criminal Records Check.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES describe the key duties that will indicate success in the role.
ACCOUNTABILITY SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITY
Service Delivery • Undertake case management responsibilities for kinship care placements to ensure their on-going stability.
• Enhance the capacity of the kinship carers to meet the child’s ongoing safety, stability and developmental
• Provide case work supervision and support for children, young people and their families in accordance with the
Looking After Children framework.
• Provide support and supervision to kinship carers.
• Establish and maintain family care teams to ensure the engagement of the child’s family and extended family in
decision making processes.
• Participate in Kinship care assessments, training, and review processes.
Program Development • Participate in the development of program guidelines and evaluations processes for the kinship care program.
Administration • Undertake organisational processes to ensure that all administration and documentation requirements are
initiated and completed in a professional and timely manner.
• Maintain up to date client and care-giver files in accordance with Berry Street’s Records Management procedure
and Berry Street policies.
• Develop and complete Best Interest Plans, court reports and other relevant DHS reporting which to ensure a high
standard of client care.
• Use the appropriate tools, including electronic and web enabled client, care giver and case management
information systems to capture critical client information.
Other • Act in accordance with the Code of Conduct.
• Participate in a rostered after hour’s service as required.
• To keep abreast of relevant theoretical legislative and policy documents.
• Attend and participate in Kinship staff meetings.
• Attend and participate in regular supervision according to Berry Street Supervision Standards and requirements.
• Provide reports to the Team Leader Kinship Care as required and requested.
We have carefully reviewed this Position Description and are satisfied that it fully and accurately describes the requirements of the position
I have read this document and agree to undertake the duties and responsibilities as listed above.
I acknowledge that
• This Position Description is an indication of the duties and responsibilities that I may be required to undertake. Additional or other duties and responsibilities
may be allocated to me, after discussion. Where additional training or support is required to fulfil additional or other duties of a similar level of responsibility it
will be provided.
• The Position Description will be reviewed regularly in consultation with me.
Note: A copy of signed final Position Description must be forwarded to the Human Resources Team for filing on the staff members personal file.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
1. This position is for 76 hours per fortnight (negotiable). There is no paid overtime, but
any extra hours worked will be accrued as Time-in-Lieu according to the Berry Street
2. You will initially be employed at the Sale of Warragul office but may be required to
work from other Berry Street sites (on a temporary or permanent basis) as directed
from time to time
3. Terms and conditions of employment are in accordance with the Berry Street
Enterprise Agreement, which includes above Award payments and eligibility for salary
packaging. All permanent employees are eligible for salary packaging upon
commencement of employment. Salary packaging is offered at a rate of 35% of gross
salary, as long as packaging does not exceed the $30,000 “grossed up” limit, in line
with our Salary Packaging policy.
4. The salary for this position is based on Social Worker Class 2 (year dependent upon
experience) under the Berry Street Enterprise Agreement.
5. Superannuation will be paid according to Superannuation Guarantee into a compliant
fund of your choice or into HESTA Superannuation Fund.
6. The successful applicant will be required to undergo satisfactory pre-employment
checks, including 3 professional referees, a pre-existing injury/disease declaration, a
criminal records check and proof of identify and qualifications (where relevant).
7. The successful applicant will initially be employed for a probationary period of 3
months. During this period, either party can terminate employment with one
week's notice. A probationary review before 3 months will be undertaken.
8. The successful applicant must possess a current Working With Children Check, or
must apply for one prior to commencing employment.
9. The successful applicant must possess a current full Victorian Driver’s Licence, which
must be sighted.
10. Agency vehicles are available for authorised use and these should be used at all
times for work-related purposes, in accordance with the Berry Street Motor Vehicle
Policy. However, if you are authorised to use your own vehicle for work-related
purposes, you will be paid an allowance per kilometre, which includes provision for
comprehensive insurance and other running costs. Berry Street is unable to insure
private vehicles owned by staff and will not accept any liability for damage to any
staff vehicles incurred while being used for work-related purposes.
11. Under Victorian WorkCover legislation, it is the applicant’s duty to advise Berry
Street of any pre-existing medical condition, which could be aggravated by the type
of employment for which they are applying. The existence of a medical condition
will not preclude you from employment, unless you are unable to perform the
inherent requirements of the position. However failure to disclose any relevant
injury or disease will jeopardise any entitlement you may otherwise have for a
work-related aggravation of that non-disclosed pre-existing condition.
12. Berry Street has a smoke-free workplace policy.
INHERENT REQUIREMENTS OF WORK ACTIVITIES / ENVIRONMENT
Following is a table that outlines the main physical and psychological
requirements of the position, for assessment by you and/or your medical
Element Key Activity Frequency
Work Manage demanding and changing workloads and Regular
Environment competing priorities.
Work in a team environment. Daily
Work in different geographic locations. Occasional
Work in unstructured environments (eg Occasional
Work office hours with the possibility of Regular
extended hours and ‘on call’ duties.
Work in an open plan office. Daily
Work in buildings, which may be two-storey. Occasional
Sit at a computer or in meetings for extended Regular
Work in an environment with competing Daily
Present at court and other jurisdictions. Occasional
Perform ‘on call’ duties. Regular
Manual Handling Undertake manual handling (eg: lifting, moving, Occasional
transferring, twisting, restraining, supporting) of
People Contact Work with clients who may have a physical or Occasional
Liaise with government, non-government and Regular
Interact with members of the public who may Daily
display the full range of emotional expressions,
including parents, partners, significant others,
family members, advocates, doctors, police.
Interact with clients and members of the public Regular
who could display verbal or physically
Support and participate with clients in Occasional
recreational activities (eg: gardening, ball
games, swimming, walking, camping, hiking,
trampolining, tennis, and cricket).
Facilitate access to specialist, generic and Daily
Assist with personal and self-care activities such Occasional
as toileting, meals, dressing and maintenance of
Undertake supervisory, recruitment, training and Occasional
professional development activities.
Administrative Undertake administrative tasks which may Daily
Tasks include the following: computer work, filing,
writing reports, case notes/plans and client
records, participating in meetings, concentrating
for long periods of time, managing resources and
budget and researching and analysing
information and data.
Undertake intensive administrative tasks, which Regular
include computer work, report writing (eg
financial reports), participating in meetings and
concentrating for long periods of time.
Use technology including photocopier, Daily
telephones including mobiles, fax, overhead
projectors, televisions, videos, and electronic
Transport Drive vehicles possibly over long distances and in Regular
all traffic and weather conditions
Use public transport including trains, buses, Occasional
trams and taxis.
Drive vehicles with possible distractions from Occasional
client behaviour, verbal or physical.
General Tasks Undertake general household duties (eg: food Occasional
preparation, sweeping, dusting, shopping,
mopping, vacuuming, laundering, gardening,
cooking, cleaning baths, showers and toilets).
For further information, please contact Wiremu Hewitt, Team Leader – Kinship Care on (03) 5134
5971 or Liz Garland, HR Officer on (03) 9429 9266.
Applicants must include a covering letter, which addresses all key selection criteria and attach a
resume which details employment history.
Applicants must also include the names and contact numbers of three professional referees
(include current and previous employers) who can provide comment on key selection criteria.
Applications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by close of business on 12