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Student Wellbeing and Support

Job posted: 04/08/2022
Applications close: 17/08/2022 (Midnight)
1 day remaining

1 day remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Western Metropolitan

Job type: Part time / From 29/08/2022 - 20/12/2022

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Education and Training

Reference: 1289905

Reference: 1289905

Occupation: Education and Training

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Western Metropolitan

Selection Criteria

SC1 Capacity and knowledge in provision of counselling to students and parents individually and in group settings.

SC2 Knowledge of best practice and research based approaches, interventions and programs relating to student wellbeing.

SC3 Capacity to work collaboratively with school staff and external services.

SC4 Capacity to triage and prioritise student wellbeing needs.

SC5 Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills.

SC6 Capacity to design, deliver or coordinate professional development in the area of student and family wellbeing.

Role

This position is for a fixed term with a view for ongoing employment.

Attendance requirement is 19 hours per week with an opportunity for a high degree of flexibility.

The position is open to qualified practioners or those in training.

Working closely with the FWPS Child Safety and Wellbeing Team to:

  • Provide direct support to students and families that addresses social and emotional needs, such as critical incident response, advocacy and support for students and families in crisis and liaison with external community service providers.
  • Contribute to the delivery of student support services.
  • Support staff in the identification and development of educational, social and emotional programs providing prevention, intervention and post-intervention stages, particularly in respect to students who are vulnerable, or have additional needs, including gender diversity.
  • Organise the provision of material support for students in relation to basic support needs (e.g. State Schools Relief).
  • Work with and support students through the implementation of programs/group work.
  • Work with and support children and young people in out of home care or those impacted by trauma.
  • Liaise with community service organisations, DHHS, hospitals, specialist programs and other professionals.

Other duties as directed by the Principal class.

Responsibilities

Deliver professional support service in a school, including the direct counselling for students with a range of mental health and wellbeing issues, applying sound theoretical knowledge and practical expertise.

Plan and implement evidence-based intervention strategies for students with complex needs, including collaborating with families, other professionals and agencies when appropriate, and managing the associated risks.

Work collaboratively with the school to contribute to policies and operational practices that will guide the work of others, including other school wellbeing staff and teachers.

Provide leadership and professional learning to others, such as teachers and other school wellbeing team members, to build the capacity of our staff to improve students’ learning and developmental outcomes.

Liaise with other Department areas (Student Support Services staff) and external service providers where necessary to provide support to students.

Maintain professional competence and continued professional learning, including attending professional development activities throughout the year.

Meet relevant policies and legislative requirements in relation to Child Safety Standards and student health information privacy.

Please note:
The relevant enterprise agreement underpinning this position is the Victorian Government Schools Agreement 2022

Continued professional learning is a registration requirement under the National Law, which governs the operations of the National Boards and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Who May Apply

Required

Applicants may be qualified or in-training in the following disciplines: psychology, social work, mental health nursing, or occupational therapy

Where qualified, applicants must be registered with AHPRA.

Have demonstrated or trained in direct counselling experience

Have a current Working With Children Check

Desirable

For Psychology applicants, specialisation in education and/or developmental psychology.

For Mental Health Nurse applicants, hold a Mental Health Nurse Credential and membership with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses.

For Social Work applicants, hold membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers and an Accredited Social Worker Trade Mark.

EEO AND OHS Commitment

The Department of Education and Training is committed to the principles of equal opportunity, and diversity and inclusion for all. We value diversity and inclusion in all forms – gender, religion, ethnicity, LGBTIQ+, disability and neurodiversity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for roles within the Department.  The Department recognises that the provision of family friendly, supportive, safe and harassment free workplaces is essential to high performance and promotes flexible work, diversity and safety across all schools and Department workplaces.

Child Safe Standards

Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards. All schools have a Child Safety Code of Conduct consistent with the Department’s exemplar available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/childsafestandards.aspx

DET Values

The Department’s employees commit to upholding DET’s Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET’s Values complement each school’s own values and underpin the behaviours the community expects of Victorian public sector employees, including those who work in Victorian Government Schools. Information on the DET values is available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/Public-Sector-Values.aspx

Other Information

  • All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
  • Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
  • A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.
  • Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx

Conditions of Employment

  • All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
  • Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
  • A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.
  • Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx

Vaccination Requirement

For positions in special settings, a person is not eligible for employment unless they meet the vaccination requirements on commencement in the position.

Location Profile

Footscray West Primary School is in an inner residential area in Melbourne’s western suburbs. Traditionally a working-class neighbourhood, the suburb of West Footscray has become increasingly gentrified.  Changing demographic and housing factors have increased the number of residences within our ‘local neighbourhood area’.

Our school services a student population of approximately 680 students, who come from a wide range of social, cultural, and economic backgrounds. 

Our child centred curriculum is based upon the principles of developmental learning and offers a comprehensive education across all areas. The school is located on a substantial site with variety of play areas. 

Students have weekly access to Specialist programs in; Italian language, Performing Arts, Visual Art, Musical, Physical Education and on an occasional basis, our Orchard to Plate cooking program.

We have contracted canteen and Out of School Hours Care services.

Purpose/vision

At Footscray West we actively engage the school community to work and learn together in a supportive, inclusive environment. We facilitate the development of knowledge, skills, and resilience in our students to assist them to achieve their personal best.

We have established a positive school culture for learning and social development throughout the school community using the Tribes process, Respectful Relationships and effective wellbeing approaches, tto ensure the healthy development of every child.

Our students develop the knowledge, skills, and resiliency to be successful in a rapidly changing world. All teachers, leaders, support staff, students and community members work together as a learning community that is dedicated to caring and support, active participation, and positive expectation for all students. 

Values

Mutual Respect - To affirm the value and uniqueness of each person, recognising and appreciating difference.

Appreciations / No Put-downs - Care for self and others; state appreciations for unique qualities, gifts, skills, and contributions; avoid negative remarks, name calling, hurtful gestures and behaviours

Teamwork - To learn together to achieve the best possible outcomes for all.

Responsibility - To be accountable for one’s actions and resolve differences in constructive, and peaceful ways. To contribute to society and to civic life and take care of the environment

Personal Best - To actively strive towards achieving excellence 

Student Wellbeing and Support

Job type:

Part time / From 29/08/2022 - 20/12/2022

Job classification:

Not provided

Contact:

Sandra Campbell | 039/687-1535

Student Wellbeing and Support