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Job Description

Position: Social Worker

Classification: Level 5 (SCHADS Award)

Remuneration: $84,866 pro rata plus super and attractive salary packaging options

Type: Part Time fixed term contract (2 days/14 hours per week) until 30 June 2022 (possible extension subject to government funding renewal)

An opportunity to make a difference

Caxton Legal Centre represents the interests of people who are disadvantaged or on a low income when they come into contact with the law. We do this by strategically advocating to government, providing legal advice and social work services, publishing legal information and building community awareness about the issues faced by the people we help.

Caxton is an independent, non-profit, non-government community legal centre. We are committed to achieving the best outcomes for people who are on a low income or otherwise disadvantaged by working with partners from the community, government, university and private sectors.

This rewarding 14 hour/week job shared Social Work position within our Human Rights and Civil Law Practice assists clients who have received legal advice at Caxton and indicate an interest in social work follow up. These clients may have used one or more of our legal services and consequently can bring a wide variety of presenting issues and challenging circumstances. The short to medium-term social work intervention aims to make a real difference by helping people to improve their wellbeing and quality of life through a focus on their needs and capabilities; access social justice; and protection of their human rights.

Key accountabilities

1.      Provide social work services to clients in accordance with Caxton’s policies and practices and the Australian Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics 2020 

2.      Provide an effective intake, psychosocial assessment, safety planning, crisis response and capacity screening service for clients, or prospective clients

3.     Assist clients to meet their safety and psycho-social needs by providing short-term counselling, access to services and support, advocacy, negotiation with relevant parties, limited court support, and referrals (via phone, appointments at outreach locations, court, home visits and on-site at the Centre, as appropriate).  In conjunction with the line manager and colleagues, ensure the caseload is remains manageable

4.      Collaborate with relevant agencies and entities to provide information, problem solve and develop referral pathways for services to clients 

5.      Where relevant, contribute social work perspectives to Caxton’s submissions for policy or law reform 

6.      Provide high quality written reports, records, and/or collect data as required for evaluation and reporting requirements. 

Essential requirements

·        Bachelor of Social Work or other relevant qualification

·        Eligible for AASW membership or equivalent professional body in Australia

·        Substantial experience in the provision of social work services and independent case load management

Desirable requirement

·        Current drivers licence

The successful applicant will work within a supportive team environment.  The position is office based with some work from home requirements in the event of Covid lockdowns.  Applicants will have the ability to work with a full case load of clients with complex legal and social issues and provide advice to clients who may have an impairment or have culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds.

If you are interested in joining a team who are highly committed to social justice and value diversity and human rights, please send your cover letter addressing each of the accountabilities and essential requirements along with your CV quoting reference: SWP1021 to vacancy@caxton.org.au.

Applications must be received by close of business Friday 22nd October 2021.  Due to the high volume of applications, only those successful in gaining an interview will be contacted

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