Family Group Conference Convenor – Breaking the Cycle Pilot Initiative (Adolescent Family Violence) – 2 positions

  • Are you passionate about breaking the cycle of family violence?
  • Be part of a new and innovate program committed to restorative practices
  • Achieve a work-life balance – part time (0.8 EFT) neg. 
  • Located at Willmot Community Hub, Mt Druitt area, Western Sydney

About the organisation

Jesuit Social Services is a social change organisation working to build a just society where all people can live to their full potential.

Since 1977, we’ve provided services in some of the most disadvantaged in our community.

We place a high priority on advocacy and are a leader in policy development and research.

About the program

Breaking The Cycle (Adolescent Family Violence) – 18 month pilot initiative.

Drawing on Jesuit Social Services’ many years of experience in working with young people involved with the justice system, using Family Group Conferencing and restorative practice interventions, this 18 month pilot will trial this approach in the context of young people who perpetrate family violence in the home.  Family Group Conferences will be convened between the victim (usually a parent or sibling), the young person and their respective support networks (eg school).

The Family Group Conference and then targeted follow up casework support, aim to provide an effective community rehabilitation intervention that improves family safety by addressing issues that contribute to a young person’s behaviour/s. It is a process that creates an opportunity for dialogue between people affected by conflict. It takes a problem-solving approach to the presenting situation and addresses the needs of all participants.   This pilot aims to intervene early in the cycle, to divert young people away from possible involvement with the criminal justice system and improve the safety of families.

Family Group Conferencing

Family Group Conferencing is a non-legislated approach to working with the victims and perpetrators of adolescent family violence based on restorative justice principles. It takes into consideration the expressed needs of the victim, the perpetrator, and those affected by the harm of family violence. Family Group Conferencing aims to transform conflict into cooperation, harness that cooperation for problem-solving, prevent further harm, promote well-being and develop a pragmatic plan to coordinate community based resources to provide support and oversight.

About the role

The Convenor will conduct pre-conference preparation, facilitate Group Conferences, facilitate post-conference follow up in partnership with caseworkers, and facilitate Community Conferences.

Competitive remuneration, plus salary packaging benefit is offered together with ongoing professional and career development.

Candidate requirements

As this is an 18 month pilot project, the success of the program will be based on the voluntary uptake of group conferencing, therefore the Convenor will have a genuine commitment to the principles of restorative justice and a real talent for engaging and building positive rapport with young people.

To be successful in this position, you will be experienced in, and/or have knowledge of, the Family Violence system, relevant Legislation, processes and procedures with the ability to establish and maintain positive and productive working arrangements with a range of stakeholders; both Government and non Government to trial the integration of the new model within this system and the wider community.

You will also have an understanding of the issues which may affect people who are in contact with the family violence system including; abuse and trauma, substance use, family breakdown, homelessness, mental illness and disrupted education.

How to apply

Download the Position Description

Please apply via Seek

For further information, please contact Monique Perusco, Manager – Social and Community Services on m: 0435 628 535  or Susan O’Brien, General Manager -Human Resources on m: 0413 948 116

Applicants are required to submit a covering letter that responds to each of the Key Selection Criteria, along with the names and contact numbers of two referees.

Please apply in confidence.

Applications close at 5.00 pm on Monday 30 April 2018

Jesuit Social Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing a family friendly working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion.