NSW witness intermediary panel

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NSW witness intermediary panel

Job Description

Expressions of interest are now open for social workers to join the NSW witness intermediary panel 

Who we're looking for

Expressions of interest are open for qualified social workers from all NSW locations who have experience working with children and young people to join the NSW witness intermediary panel. 

Applications are strongly encouraged from those located in Albury, Ballina, Bourke, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Griffith, Inverell, Narooma, Queanbeyan, Tamworth, Wagga Wagga and Wollongong, and surrounding suburbs. 

Applicants must satisfy the eligibility requirements and possess the required skills and experience. 

Applications close Thursday, 29 February 2024.

The benefits

  • $144 per hour (plus GST)
  • Make a meaningful impact to improve the experience of children and young people in the criminal justice system.
  • Professional development through induction and further training.

What does a witness intermediary do?

Being a witness intermediary is a challenging and rewarding role. 

Witness intermediaries support the communication needs of children and young people who are victims and witnesses in sexual offence matters. 

They help children and young people to give their best evidence during police investigations and court hearings. 

Your expertise can help to reduce the stress and trauma that children and young people may experience when they need to attend court or police investigations. 

If you're resilient, compassionate and committed to making a difference, find out more and apply on the Victims Services website

Key responsibilities

  • Attend NSW Police Child Abuse Unit locations, NSW District Courts and other locations in person, as well as remotely or online as required.
  • Assess the communication abilities of children and young people. 
  • Make recommendations verbally and in written reports to police and courts on how to best support the child or young person's communication needs. 
  • Ensure that:
    • the child or young person understands the questions put to them
    • the child or young person can communicate their answers as best as they can
    • the language used is appropriate for the child or young person's developmental or communication needs.

Visit the Victims Services website for further information. 

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must have:

  • a tertiary qualification in psychology, social work, speech pathology, teaching or occupational therapy
  • registration or membership with the relevant professional association
  • current Working with Children Check and National Police Check.

Required skills and experience

Applicants must also demonstrate:

  • a minimum of 3 years’ experience working with children and young people with communication and/or developmental needs including provision of assessment
  • excellent written communication skills, particularly report writing
  • strong interpersonal skills and emotional resilience
  • access to technology with capacity to attend online interviews.

Important information before you apply

Witness intermediaries are impartial. They are not expert witnesses, advocates or a support person.

Witness intermediaries must be able to work under pressure and be flexible to attend matters with limited notice. 

Work is allocated on an as-needed basis, with no guarantee of ongoing work.

Witness intermediaries hear information about alleged sexual offences and other trauma related content. Candidates should consider this when making an application. 

How to apply

Visit the Victims Services website for further information about the role of a witness intermediary, eligibility requirements, required skills and experience, and how to apply. 

Complete the application form available on the Victims Services website and send with the required supporting documents by email to csoep@dcj.nsw.gov.au.   

Applications close Thursday, 29 February 2024.

Selection process

Eligible applicants may be contacted for an interview and invited to attend a compulsory 3-day assessment centre on 18-20 March 2024. Successful candidates will undergo induction and further training.

For more information

The panel of witness intermediaries is maintained by Victims Services, within the NSW Department of Communities and Justice.

If you have a question or want further information:

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Need Some Help?

Feel free to contact horizon@aasw.asn.au / 1800 630 124.

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