Caseworker: Escaping Violence Payments

Wesley Community & Family Care

  • permanent full-time position
  • based in Western Sydney
  • SCHADS Lvl 5 + super + attractive salary packaging benefits + assigned car

About us

Wesley Mission is a high profile, multi-faceted Christian organisation making a real difference in the community. We work with the most disadvantaged in our community by providing over 200 services ranging from aged care, homeless services, child and family care, counselling, health, employment, training and education services.

Our Vision is “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”

About the program

Financial insecurity is one of the main barriers for women that stops them from leaving a violent partner. In some cases, it is a factor contributing to why some return to an abusive partner.

The Commonwealth Government is funding the program as part of its $1.1 billion commitment in the 2021-22 Federal Budget to help end violence against women and children. Wesley Mission will lead a pilot program providing financial assistance and wrap-around support to assist people in NSW and ACT to escape family violence. 

The Escaping Violence Payment (EVP) program provides assistance to people wanting to leave a violent partner and establish a life free from violence. The EVP provides financial assistance up to $1,500 along with goods, services, and wrap-around support. 

About the role

The EVP Caseworkers will work with Domestic and Family Violence agencies and networks to compliment the work they are providing to victim survivors as they seek to establish a home that is safe and free from violence. The EVP Caseworkers will support self-referrers in their application process, provide financial and other supports and maintain connection during the 12 weeks of service provided by the program.

All staff in the Communities program work hard to develop and maintain harmonious working relationships in an autonomous-supportive work environment where they are all trained to be the best in their field. Wesley Mission provides regular supervision, support and training for all staff.

Essential criteria

  • tertiary qualification(s) in Psychology, Counselling, Social Work, Social Science or related fields
  • minimum 2 years of case management or case co-ordination experience in working within the domestic violence space utilising a trauma-informed and strengths-based approach
  • experience in utilising DFV specific assessment-based tools and formulating case plans based on the outcomes of these assessment tools
  • demonstrated understanding and experience in case management of clients with complex needs, including advocacy
  • high-level understanding of risk assessment and safety planning involved when an individual chooses to leave a DFV relationship
  • ability to engage clients in distressing and vulnerable circumstances
  • ability to maintain and form strong and professional networks with external stakeholders
  • demonstrated cultural competency and experience in working alongside CALD and Aboriginal families
  • good verbal and written communication skills
  • current NSW or National driver’s licence.

Desirable criteria

  • knowledge of local DFV, family and child services
  • experience in managing electronic files and databases.

Recruitment process

  1. brief telephone conversation to confirm details of the role and arrange a telephone interview
  2. telephone interview
  3. online aptitude testing and a behavioural questionnaire
  4. face-to-face interview
  5. reference & probity checks.

If you have any queries, please contact Leanne Gavellas at: Leanne.Gavellas@wesleymission.org.au or 0417 993 123.

Closing date

Friday 28 January 2022, by 5pm.

Apply now

To apply, please submit a copy of your CV/resume, a cover letter addressing all the selection criteria and the completed Wesley Mission Application for Employment form to:

Joanne Lambourne

Email: Joanne.Lambourne@wesleymission.org.au

Only applications with a one-page cover letter addressing all the selection criteria will be considered.

Wesley Mission is a Christian organisation requiring all staff to affirm its values. We are committed to providing an environment in which children can feel safe and valued.

The suitable applicant will be subject to the relevant pre-employment checks for appointment to positions within Wesley Mission (including provision of a valid Working with Children Check clearance number). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

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