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Women and Family Advocate - Housing

Job no: 494629
Work type: Permanent (Full-Time)
Location: Scenic Rim
Categories: Child & Family Support

yourtown is a trusted provider of services for young people, with a focus on mental health and wellbeing, long-term unemployment, prevention of youth suicide, child protection, as well as support for those experiencing domestic and family violence.

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Based at a confidential location in the Scenic Rim, the Women and Family Advocate – Housing provides practical support and interventions to women and children as they transition from Refuge into longer term, safe and sustainable accommodation in the community.

Our Domestic and Family Violence Refuge is a welcoming haven for women and their children who have experienced the trauma of domestic/family violence. All refuge staff work towards assisting families to regain independence & safety following domestic and family violence.

Your role will include:

• practical support and interventions to increase client’s safety and wellbeing during and post refuge
• working through the lens of a multi-level practice framework in collaboration with the refuge team
• risk assessment to identify and respond to identified risks and needs
• support women to address barriers to housing and advocating on behalf of women with key stakeholders including housing providers and tribunals
• assist families to exit temporary accommodation, establish and independently sustain tenancies
• apply theoretical knowledge in domestic violence, parenting, attachment and trauma informed care

This is a full time permanent position, working a rotating Monday to Friday shift work roster, 8am – 4pm one week and 10am to 6pm the next and approx. 1 Saturday in every three. You will also participate in the on-call roster.

what we are looking for

We are looking for a flexible and adaptable individual who will work collaboratively as part of a team to achieve best practice outcomes for woman and families.

You will bring:

• passion, commitment and belief in young people
• diploma level qualification in Social or Behavioural Sciences with at least 3 years direct experience in family and youth services, preferably with knowledge and skills in working with women and children who have experienced domestic and family violence
• demonstrated understanding of case management with assessment frameworks related to Child Protection, Parenting and Family Work, Family Violence, Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol issues
• demonstrated ability to participate in and contribute to relevant networks for delivery of services to families experiencing violence
• strong knowledge of current evidence-based practice, programs, policies, legislation and trends relevant to domestic/family violence issues
• excellent communication, conflict resolution and report writing skills along with the ability to impart knowledge
• experience or knowledge of accommodation and housing pathways to support families resettling into community and knowledge of resources and homelessness services in Southeast Qld would be advantageous

your benefits

When you join yourtown you will be welcomed into a safe, inclusive, and diverse community and an established and reputable national organisation. We are a resilient, resourceful, and dedicated team who strive to make a difference and not accept the status quo.

Your employment experience will include:

• salary sacrifice options to increase your take home pay
• regular line supervision and support plus internal practice supervision
• ability to negotiate flexible work hours and work arrangements
• opportunities for internal and external professional development
• free access to LinkedIn Learning including over 16,000 learning modules
• a genuine focus on employee health and wellbeing
• yourWellness program includes free access to Calm & Centr Apps
• access to free and confidential counselling sessions for you and members of your immediate family
• access to discounted private health insurance, banking and finance, insurance, and superannuation through our partner organisations
• an environment that genuinely values diversity and cultural capability and is an equal opportunity employer

how to apply

If you believe in the power of young people and in yourself, join team yourtown and have an amazing impact on the lives of young people, their families, neighbourhoods and the wider community in Australia.

To apply, and for a full Position Description please visit:

Contact: Marnie Elliot – Team Leader Talent Acquisition on 0434 609 384

Role closes: 28 April 2024

yourtown has a zero-tolerance approach to abuse and we believe that Safeguarding is a shared responsibility of all, for all.

yourtown is committed to providing services that protect and keep children, young people and adults at risk free from harm. The appointment of successful applicants will be subject to satisfactory screening for child-related employment including the completion of a National Criminal History Check and retention of a valid Working with Children Check.

Due to genuine occupational requirements, under S25 of the Qld Anti-Discrimination Act 1991, only female applicants will be considered.

The yourtown Workplace Immunisation Policy requires personnel in this position to evidence or obtain mandatory immunity requirements for the following diseases: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Chicken Pox, Measles/Mumps/Rubella, Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis (whooping cough), Influenza. yourtown will provide successful applicants with information regarding mandatory vaccinations, and supporting information about the immunization and access to a general practitioner, pharmacist, or local clinic for individual consultation regarding immunisation.

"In our team we value diversity, inclusivity and people who want to make a difference"

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