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Cradle to Kinder - Lead Key Worker

  • Leading community services organisation
  • Part time (0.9EFT), Maternity Leave Contract role, until January 2019
  • Based in Maribyrnong (Melbourne CityMission)
  • Salary packaging and fantastic benefits offered


About Uniting
At Uniting we are passionate about working together to inspire people, enliven communities and confront injustice.

We are proud to have been part of local communities for over 100 years delivering services across Victoria and Tasmania. With a team of 7,000 skilled and committed individuals we provide over 770 programs and services to people of all ages to learn, thrive and enjoy a healthy, happy life. We’re there for children, families, people with disability, older people and those experiencing homelessness, mental illness or drug and alcohol addiction.

Uniting is looking for great people who, like us, celebrate diversity and welcome everyone regardless of ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.

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About the opportunity

We are looking for a Cradle to Kinder Lead Key Worker to join our Child Youth & Family service area with Uniting. 

In partnership with Melbourne CityMission as lead agency, the Cradle to Kinder (C2K) Program provides long term support to highly vulnerable young parents and their families.

C2K is a whole-of-family service response of pre-birth support, intensive and longer term interventions and casework support until children are four years of age. It is aimed at supporting young pregnant mothers (under 25 years) where a report to Child Protection has been received for their unborn child or where there are a number of vulnerabilities and significant concerns about the wellbeing of the unborn child.

The service aims to build parents capacity to not only provide for their children’s health, safety and development but to build self-reliance and sustainability through access to education, training and employment.

About you

We would love to hear from you if you have a relevant tertiary qualification in Social Work, Early Childhood Development, Youth Work or equivalent.

In addition to this, demonstrated skills and experience working with disempowered and vulnerable families, including capacity to engage and establish effective helping relationships, to undertake assessments, develop intervention plans and work with children, young people and kinship families to bring about change; including work with culturally and linguistically diverse communities is crucial.

Knowledge and experience of a range of relevant intervention strategies and frameworks and well-developed interpersonal, conflict resolution and negotiation skills are essential.

The capacity to deliver group work initiatives is also a needed, as well as having excellent written and verbal communication skills and a high level of computer skills – intermediate to advanced including (Word/Excel/Outlook) and database management experience. The ability to work flexible hours is essential.

How to apply

If this sounds like you, find out more about this role or apply today. When applying, include a cover letter, of no more than one page outlining your suitability and attach a current resume of no more than 3 pages. You will also need to send in your response to the Key Selection Criteria document (attached).

Please send your application to:Marnie Hopkins, email: [email protected]

Applications close on: Monday 26th February 2018, 12pm noon

Get in touch

E: Amie Turner - [email protected]

T: 8470 5000

As a 'child safe' organisation. employment with Uniting is subject to a satisfactory national (and international where relevant) police check and Working With Children Check (in Victoria) and/or Working With Vulnerable People Check (in Tasmania) prior to commencement of any paid or unpaid work and/or participation in any service or undertaking.

Job contact

Name: Marnie Hopkins

Phone: 9412 5700