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Team Leader Family Preservation


Hunter Manning


Be part of a new program offering one of the most significant changes to child protection and out-of-home care system in decades.

  • Join one of Newcastle’s top 5 employers
  • Participate in specialised training and interagency collaboration
  • Opportunity to lead a team and be part of an exciting new project in the State.

CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning is a not-for-profit organisation and a mission and outreach agency of the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.  Our services include a range of child and family services, youth services, disability, community services, mental health and Permanency Support Programs.

The Family Preservation program aims to do everything possible to prevent children entering foster care by assessing both risks and strengths of families identified as being at risk of significant harm.  This aims to build on parenting capacity and improve safety for the child by supporting, modelling and referring as needed to our external partner services. 

This newly created role of Team Leader Family Preservation, requires a self-motivated individual to lead, support and develop our Permanency Support team.   In addition, you will be responsible for liaising with Department (FACS) regarding referrals ensuring that best practice standards are maintained; overseeing accurate records and data management and adhering to Departmental reporting requirements; promoting the program among local area networks; and encouraging best practices among local support and brokerage services in response to the diverse cultural and circumstantial needs of families. 

An awareness and sound understanding of Aboriginal culture and traditions will be integral to this role. As well as awareness of CALD and other diversity that may define parental roles, family and community relationships.

Essential Criteria:
  • A commitment to work within the CatholicCare Mission, Vision and Values.
  • Bachelor of Social work, Psychology, Social Science or related field.
  • Experience as team leader/co-ordinator as well as at least two years as a caseworker working with vulnerable children & families.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills including staff supervision, support and development, conflict resolution and change management.
  • A sound understanding of Trauma informed practice.
  • Highly developed communication skills including demonstrated skills in professional consultation, interagency liaison, report writing and verbal communication.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and coordinate multiple tasks.
  • A proven commitment to quality management, confidentiality and ethical practice.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Strong affinity with and understanding of Aboriginal Culture, especially in relation to family and child protection issues.

Please note this position is a two year contract until 30 June 2020.

As one of the top 5 employers in Newcastle, the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle offers competitive salaries and benefits, including tax free salary packaging, discounted gym memberships and rewarding career development.

Successful applicants will be required to undertake a national police check, complete a health assessment declaration, hold a current NSW driver’s licence, current Working with Children Check and have the ability to work within Australia. 

*Please note that not adequately addressing the selection criteria will result in your application not being shortlisted.*

 Applications close 5.00pm on Friday 26 October 2018.


For further information please contact Implementation Manager Permanency Support on 02 4923 0671.