Rapid Response is an evidence-based program which aims to prevent children being placed in Out of Home Care (OoHC) by providing families with short-term and intensive (up to 15 hours per week) face to face support.
A safety-focused plan is developed with child protection and the family, and provides intensive, in-home support to address the crisis and immediate needs identified. Rapid Response Practitioners focus on addressing the protective concerns utilising a strengths-based approach that incorporates coaching and role modelling to build on parental strengths, skills, knowledge and resources to increase the levels of safety within the home.
As an evidence based program, the effectiveness of this approach has proven to be successful, creating more stable families and reducing the likelihood of Children and Young People entering Out of Home Care.
Full training will be provided for all new additions to the team.
- Tertiary Qualification in Social Work, Psychology, Counselling or another relevant discipline
- Experience working with high needs families and an ability to identify needs and risks
- Experience providing therapeutic intervention or skills such as counselling, CBT or MI
- Strong communication skills, collaboration skills and ability to work as a part of a bigger team
- Ability to build and maintain relationships with families from a range of backgrounds and cultures
- Previous experience or an understanding of the OOHC sector would be a benefit
- Flexibility to work outside of usual working hours to meet the needs of families
Successful applicants will also be required to hold a Victorian Drivers Licence and undergo a Victorian WWCC and Criminal History Check.
Working with AV
In joining AV, you will be part of a positive work culture with access to internal and external professional development and training, paid study leave, ongoing career opportunities as part of one of the state’s largest providers of Child Youth and Family Services, as well as flexible working arrangements and day to day support.
We are committed to supporting the health, wellbeing and resilience of our staff. You will have access to a range of free wellbeing activities including yoga and meditation, discounted health insurance and access to our free Employee Assistance Program and wellbeing leave.
How to Apply
Click apply below and submit your resume and if possible, a cover letter and KSC document to support your application.
To learn more about the role a full Position Description is available here: Position Description - Practitioner (AVAW P FPR RR 2021V1).pdf
You can also contact our Program Manager Paula West on 03 5440 1100 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Applications will be will be assessed on an ongoing basis. If we identify suitable applicants prior to the posted closing date of the advert we may close the position early so get in touch early.
We encourage and welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. Anglicare Victoria acknowledges Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we operate. We commit to working respectfully to honour their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this country.
Diversity and inclusivity are important to Anglicare Victoria and we are committed to ensuring our workplace and services reflect this. Everyone is welcome at Anglicare Victoria, regardless of age, ethnicity, cultural background, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation and physical ability.