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The Specialist Family Violence Practitioner will work within the Bayside Peninsula Integrated Family Services (IFS) team to support mentor and ensure services are well coordinated, and Family Services caseworkers have the skills needed for high quality support to families who experience, at risk of or have experienced family violence.


The role will support families where there have been incidents of family violence to make appropriate plans around safety and develop parents’ capacity to meet their children’s needs in line with the Children Young Families Act 2005. The role will require engagement with all family members and assessment to take place under MARAM comprehensive assessments, and work alongside the families to guide and support with a family centered approach.


  • To provide consultations and guidance to experienced case managers around MARAM assessment and planning safety for families where there is family violence risk internally and externally across Bayside Peninsula
  • To undertake comprehensive MARAM assessments and share information as required to ensure women and children’s safety and planning
  • To be involved in Communities of Practice including, Safe and Together community of practice & MARAM community of practice and other relevant liaison and networks
  • Attendance at Family Violence & Family Services working group meetings
  • To provide group work support and facilitation as required
  • Knowledge of Safety Planning and the needs of families to access FSP application process
  • To carry an appropriate case load of families who need supports and planning

Qualifications and Experience

  • Appropriate tertiary qualification in Social Work, Psychology, or a related discipline is essential
  • Relevant experience in the family violence sector and experience working with families presenting with complex needs and behavior’s (e.g. substance abuse, mental health, parenting issues, disability, relationship issues) and/or from CALD or indigenous backgrounds is highly desirable
  • MARAM comprehensive training
  • Eligible for membership of relevant professional association ie. AASW
  • A satisfactory Police Check
  • A current Working with Children’s Check (WWCC)
  • A current Drivers License

Family Violence Minimum Mandatory Qualifications under Recommendation 209

As per the minimum mandatory qualifications requirements via :

All candidates wishing to apply for this role must be able to demonstrate that they:

  • Are considered EXEMPT under the policy


  • Hold a Bachelor of Social Work or other equivalent qualification


  • Have minimum 5 years relevant professional experience, OR a related qualification as per the mandatory minimum qualification requirements.


  • Hold significant cultural knowledge and experience or lived experience, and have faced barriers to educational pathways

Please note that candidates wishing to enter the specialist family violence workforce via a related qualification or 5 years related professional experience pathway, OR the significant cultural knowledge and experience or lived experience pathways will be required to work towards an equivalent qualification within specified timeframes (as per the mandatory minimum qualifications policy). If you believe these pathways may apply to you and would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact to discuss this further.

Position Description

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Paid Parental Leave

Paid Study Leave

Long Service Leave

Flexible Working Arrangements

How to Apply

To apply please review the hyperlinked position description and submit a short covering letter outlining your relevant skills and experience along with your CV to Personal data held by Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand relating to employment applications will be used in accordance with our Privacy Statement, which is available on our website.

Please apply as soon as possible, applications are considered as they are received.