Coordinator Southern Sydney Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (SSWDVCAS)
Sutherland Shire Family Services Inc
Sutherland Shire Family Services provides auspice for SSWDVCAS and is the Court Advocacy Service for Sutherland Shire and St. George regions in Sydney. We are seeking a professional who will be responsible for the daily operation of SSWDVCAS ensuring seamless service, including managing and supporting a team of 10.
The SSWDVCAS Co-ordinator is required to ensure the delivery of the Legal Aid NSW Model for Service for Court Advocacy Services in NSW. In doing so, you will exercise a high degree of autonomy reporting to and supported by SSFS’s management team.
This is a full time 35 hour per week position.
Duties include but are not limited to:
- Managing the day to day operation of SSWDVCAS
- Assisting SSFS with compliance reporting and other requirements under the WDVCAP Service Agreement, policies and standards.
- Recruiting, supporting and provision of supervision to SSWDVCAS team and seconded workers and ensuring they have access to appropriate training;
- Developing and administering operational policies and administrative tasks, systems and processes for the effective operation of the WDVCAS before, at and after court including the collection, recording, reviewing and storage of client information, conflict of interest, client confidentiality and privacy, referrals to and from the WDVCAS, client and worker safety, staff professionalism, child protection notifications and follow-up assistance;
- Developing and implementing, in consultation with Specialist Workers and local community organisations, strategies aimed at ensuring that the WDVCAS is relevant and accessible to a diverse range of women and children and responsive to their needs;
- Developing and implementing strategic and operational plans aimed at ensuring the effectiveness of the WDVCAS and compliance with WDVCAP outcomes;
- Developing and maintaining strong working relationships with key WDVCAS partners including NSW Police Force, Local Courts, legal representatives and referral agencies and facilitating access to those services;
- Sourcing seconded workers from appropriate agencies who can assist in WDVCAS court work where possible; co-ordinating a roster of seconded workers; ensuring they have the knowledge and skills to undertake WDVCAS work and providing them with regular updates and debriefing;
- Undertaking high level liaison and advocacy with and on behalf of WDVCAS clients where required;
- Providing high-level advice and contributing to legal policy reform through the WDVCAS Network, court user and other forums.