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Child Witness Officer - Victim Services Support and Reform (VPSG4)

Job posted: 18/05/2021
Applications close: 23/06/2021 (Midnight)
7 days remaining

7 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time / One ongoing role, one fixed term to 18/02/2022

Organisation: Department of Justice and Community Safety

Salary: $87,640 - $99,438

Occupation: Community Services

Reference: VG/DJ5881_DJ1227A

Reference: VG/DJ5881_DJ1227A

Occupation: Community Services

Salary Range: $87,640 - $99,438

Work location: Melbourne | CBD

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we’re looking for people who want to make a difference. People who take pride in their work. People who get things done. People who are committed to making Victoria a safer place.

We embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We’re all about recruiting the best people, regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or cultural background. If you think you can do the job and would be a good fit for our department, we’d love to hear from you.

The department is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and recognises that children’s rights need to be respected, their views welcomed and valued, and their concerns taken seriously and acted upon.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit justice.vic.gov.au/careers

We’re proud of the important work we do across Victoria. Want to be part of it?

  •  There are two (2) positions available
  • 1 x full-time ongoing
  • 1 x full-time fixed term until 18 February 2022

About us

The Child Witness Service (CWS) is a state-wide specialist case management service for child witnesses and their families and/or carers. The model of care is child focused and incorporates principles of trauma informed care.

The purpose of the CWS is to increase participation by child witnesses in the criminal justice process and to reduce trauma associated with being involved with the criminal justice system, particularly being a child witness.

The role of the Child Witness Officer (CWO) is to:

  • provide specialist end-to-end case management of child witnesses' contact with the criminal justice system
  • provide information to child witnesses and their families about the criminal justice system, how it works, their role as a witness and the roles and responsibilities of other people involved in the criminal justice system
  • work collaboratively with external agencies providing support to child witnesses and their families, including: Intermediaries providing expert communication or developmental assessments; legal teams; police; and courts, to support child witnesses.

In Melbourne, child witnesses generally give evidence from the CWS, a purpose-built facility that hosts the remote witness rooms for Melbourne courts and is child, youth and family friendly. In metropolitan and regional courts, the service is provided via outreach. Approximately 40 per cent of CWS clients are located in regional locations. As such, regular regional travel across Victoria is required, often requiring overnight stays.

About the role

As a Child Witness Officer, you will be responsible for:

  • providing specialist case management to child witnesses and their families, when children are witnesses in criminal matters
  • assessing child witnesses' specific needs that may affect their participation in the criminal justice process and tailor court preparation to the child's individual needs accordingly
  • undertaking witness preparation, including familiarising child witnesses with the remote witness room, court processes and key roles within the court
  • convening legal conferences between child witnesses, their family/carers, and the legal team to assist the legal team to understand the child's preferences and for the legal team to explain proceedings and options to the child and their family.

About you

As a Child Witness Officer, you will possess:

  • a tertiary qualification in Social Work or Psychology (highly regarded)
  • a current ‘Working with Children Check'
  • extensive experience in the provision of direct services to children who have experienced trauma
  • demonstrated experience in working in community and/or Court based settings
  • sound knowledge of child development and the impact of trauma and abuse on child development.

Keys to your success will be your flexibility, empathy, and cultural awareness, including the ability to cooperate effectively with the team to achieve work plans and goals.

How to apply

Please click the Apply button on this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

Child Witness Officer - Victim Services Support and Reform (VPSG4)

Job type:

Full time / One ongoing role, one fixed term to 18/02/2022

Job classification:

VPSG4

Contact:

Susanna Quinn on 0418 311 753 | susanna.quinn@justice.vic.gov.au

Child Witness Officer - Victim Services Support and Reform (VPSG4)