Support Worker - Prison Support Program
Djirra supports Aboriginal women's journey to safety and wellbeing and provides legal and practical supports to Aboriginal people experiencing family violence across Victoria. Djirra is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation with a rich history, and we are growing our services across regional Victoria.
The Aboriginal Family Violence Legal Service (AFVLS) is a program of Djirra and an opportunity has now arisen in our Northcote office for a dedicated Paralegal Support Worker to provide support and information to women who are incarcerated or have been recently released from the Dame Phyllis Front Correctional Centre. You will work closely with a Senior Lawyer assisting clients to access a variety of legal, social, psychological, cultural, health and other support services to address their needs.
Aboriginal women are significantly over represented in the Victorian prison population, and an overwhelming majority have experienced family violence and/or sexual assault. This role will provide holistic wrap around support at Dame Phyllis Frost Centre (DPFC), including post-release. This role is vital in enhancing access to justice for Aboriginal women at DPFC by linking them with AFVLS Lawyers for legal advice and representation.
- Work with the Lawyer to ensure clients who are incarcerated or who have been recently released are supported to address their various and complex legal and support needs.
- Assess safety and support needs of individual clients and provide information and referrals to appropriate services, such as family violence, housing, counselling, health and other support agencies as needed
- Assist clients to access Family Violence Flexible Support Packages
- Under the supervision of the Lawyer provide paralegal assistance including (but not limited to) client intake, day to day management of client files, coordinating appointments, data entry using CLASS and SHIPP databases
- Conduct regular outreach services across the region, including two days per week at Dame Phyllis Front Correctional Centre
- In conjuction with the lawyers and other staff, assist in the development and delivery of community legal education (CLE) workshops, including on a monthly basis at Dame Phyllis Frost Centre.
- Provide general office duties.
Before applying for the role, please refer to the Position Description to obtain a clear outline of the full responsibilities of the role. While you are not required to have a legal background, you will gain an understanding of legal processes through your work with a Senior Lawyer.
This position is full time, permanent and based in inner city Melbourne. A current drivers licence is essential for this role and some out of hours and/or overnight travel will be required.
WE'RE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WHO:
- Has had experience or the capacity to gain experience in the provision of case management, client support, similar paralegal support in the area of family violence/sexual assault or other crisis response, including knowledge of relevant service providers.
- Is extremely proficient in MS Office products and other computer packages/databases. (eg CLASS,SHIPP)
- Ability to prioritise and meet competing demands with conflicting and critical deadlines
- Has the ability to effectively communicate and work with local Aboriginal communities and has knowledge of social justice issues within Aboriginal communities
- Has the demonstrated capacity to communicate emphatically and effectively with Aboriginal people and/or others who have experienced trauma
- Conveniently located near public transport, ample parking and nearby some great coffee shops, cafes and restaurants.
- Cultural Awareness training and ongoing support provided by our dedicated full-time Cultural Advisor.
- Regular external supervision/debriefing sessions
- Access to an EAP program
- Access to a monthly RDO (Rostered Day Off), Christmas leave, Cultural leave, paid Parental leave and annual leave loading
- Generous salary packaging options available
- An opportunity to participate in our community engagement activities.
HOW TO APPLY
To find out more about the position and how to apply, refer to our Get Involved page on our website www.djirra.org.au Only applications received via the website will be considered. Applications must include a CV and covering letter and must answer all the questions at the bottom of the application form.
If you would like to know more about the role or about the work we do, please refer to the Position Description on our website or alternatively call Teresa Kyprianou, Human Resources Advisor on 9244 3333 or via email [email protected]
Applications for this position will close upon appointment of the successful candidate.