August 8, 2018

Forensic Case Worker

  • Do you want to be part of an exciting new program?
  • Do you want to work for a growing, values driven Not-for-profit?
  • Do you believe in second chances and supporting forensic clients integrating back into the community?

We have the opportunity for Forensic Case Workers to join us in our ReStart program being delivered throughout Victoria. We’d love to hear from people who are motivated by working with a team of skilled and knowledgeable staff, innovative in finding solutions, and passionate about the right to a second chance.  We strongly encourage people who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage to apply.

A little bit about ACSO

The Australian Community Support Organisation (ACSO) is a dynamic, values driven NFP, focused on partnering with Government and the community to co-design services that create real social change. We’re an organisation with a bold vision to create a safe and inclusive community freed of crime and prisons. It’s our goal to reduce re-offending and our mission is to help people transition from prison, assist them in the community, stop them from re-offending, and intervene to divert others from committing crime.

The program and the role

The ReStart program aims to address the diverse and complex needs of short sentence (i.e. three months or less, including those on Community Corrections Imprisonment Orders) and unsentenced prisoners by providing pre-release support and assertive outreach support, which promotes sustainable links and reintegration within the community. The program will prioritise people of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, youth, and those with a cognitive background. Forensic Case Workers will be responsible for delivering pre- and post- release support to their allocated participants and will work intensively with prisons, courts and where applicable, with community corrections to successfully reintegrate participants. The Forensic Case Worker will be responsible for record keeping (including data entry and case-noting) and providing assertive outreach and interventions to at-risk and vulnerable cohorts, typically taking place face-to-face with participants in settings and environments that are comfortable for the participant.

Program delivery commences 3 September 2018. You will need to be available to commence employment 13 August or 17 September.

What we’re looking for?

  • Minimum of 2 years’ relevant or equivalent experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills with assertiveness and confidence working with people who demonstrate challenging behaviours
  • The ability to enter and work in a prison environment
  • Experience developing support plans and goal attainment strategies
  • Ability to build positive relationships and communicate with people of diverse backgrounds and abilities
  • Knowledge and competency in casework practices
  • Demonstrated capacity to work flexibly, possess the ability to manage competing demands, and able to effectively set boundaries and limits where required
  • An extensive background working with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people will be highly regarded

What ACSO can offer you

  • A supportive and collaborative team and leaders
  • The chance to be part of a new program
  • $63,000 base salary + superannuation
  • Great NFP salary packaging options

ACSO embraces diversity within its workforce and as such encourages applications from appropriately qualified and skilled people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including those from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island heritage. 

ACSO acknowledges the traditional Aboriginal owners of country throughout Victoria and pays respect to them, their culture and their Elders, past, present and future.

How to Apply

To apply please visit our careers website at www.acso.org.au/work-us/ and provide a copy of your resume, along with a brief covering letter outlining your responses to the selection criteria (outlined in the PD available on our website). Applications close Monday 20 August 2018.  Job reference 14882

Please email hr@acso.org.au if you have any queries about the application process.

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