26 September 2023

DHS recruiting clinicians for families

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The Department of Human Services (DHS) is calling for passionate clinicians who want to ensure the safety of infants, children and young people to join its Child and Family Support System.

The Department said it was recruiting clinicians willing to work in partnership with families and service stakeholders as part of the Safe Start program (formerly known as the Child and Family Assessment and Referral Network), which played a critical role in supporting families with infants in their first 1,000 days of life.

“The expansion of Safe Start with 20 new roles will provide greater support to an additional 200 families in Whyalla, Port Augusta and northern and inner northern Adelaide,” the Department said.

It said Safe Start provided services such as therapeutic support and intensive face-to-face work with social workers and allied health professionals in people’s homes, schools, hospitals, health services and communities across the metropolitan north, south and western suburbs of Adelaide as well as Whyalla and surroundings.

“Every year, over 1,000 families across the State are reported for concerns about unborn children to the Department for Child Protection.”

It said Safe Start acknowledged the overrepresentation of Aboriginal children in the child protection system and a number of the new roles were identified positions for Aboriginal candidates.

The Department said a range of vacancies were available at DHS, with opportunities for practitioners, clinicians, coordinators and supervisors to join Safe Start, Child and Family Safety Network (CFSN) and Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCO) Connections programs across metropolitan Adelaide and Whyalla.

Further information can be accessed on the DHS careers portal at this PS News link.

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