Child & Family Worker

Targeted Earlier Intervention Program

  • permanent part-time: 3 days a week
  • SCHADS Level 5 + super + salary packaging + external clinical supervision and training budget

About us

Wesley Mission is a high profile, multi-faceted Christian organisation making a real difference in the community. 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

Wesley Mission’s Community and Family Care teams build resilience and strengthen capacity in the local communities where we work. We support people using evidence-based, trauma-informed, person-centred approach in a holistic manner and on a voluntary basis. The Child & Family Worker improves a child and family’s outcomes by working with them, either in groups or one-on-one, to strengthen the protective factors in their life and address the risk factors. This service is based out of Dungog Community Centre but has oversight from the Newcastle Hunter Child, Youth and Family team based in Newcastle.

About the role

We are looking for an outstanding Child & Family Worker who is conscientious, reliable, and motivated about making a difference. The duties of the Child & Family Worker includes:

  • information, referral and brief assistance
  • engaging Families in evidence-based parenting programs
  • completing intakes and assessments for families wishing to access programs
  • brief early interventions with young people and their families
  • building locally tailored partnerships and networks.

All staff at Child, Youth & Family 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

  • relevant tertiary qualification and minimum 2 years’ experience in community welfare
  • strengths based case management experience with the ability to engage young people and families at the point of initial contact and build collaborative working relationships
  • experience developing case summaries & child protection reports
  • ability to work one-on-one, or in groups, with clients in a variety of settings
  • ability to liaise, develop and maintain professional relationships with government & NGO agencies
  • cultural competence and experience working alongside Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people and First Nations families
  • current NSW or National driver’s license and Working With Children’s Check
  • fully vaccinated against Covid
  • Wesley Mission is a Christian organisation requiring all staff to affirm its values and Code of Conduct.

Desirable criteria

  • working knowledge of the local child and family support sector
  • training in evidence-based parenting programs (e.g., Circle of Security, 1,2,3 Magic, Emotion Coaching, etc).

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 Kaia Ireson on 0427 951 486.

Apply now

Please submit a copy of your CV/resume and a cover letter, no longer then two-pages, addressing all the selection criteria and why you would be a good fit for the role. Please include the completed Wesley Mission Application for Employment.

Email: Kaia Ireson at 

Only applications addressing all the selection criteria will be considered.

Wesley Mission is a Christian organisation requiring all staff to affirm its values and Worker code of conduct. 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).

Wesley Child, Youth and Family team is committed to ensuring our workforce reflects the communities we work within. Whilst not a requirement, we strongly encourage people from the following background/s to apply:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • People who Identify as LGBTQIA+
  • People of colour (e.g. identifying as cultural, religious and/or ethnically diverse).

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