Pullan - Social Worker - Melbourne VIC, Australia

Kerri Pullan

Melbourne VIC, Australia


Social Worker


Hi there. My name's Kerri and I'm a fully qualified English social worker. I have had many years experience of working with children as a youth worker, with children from the ages of 4-21. I have been employed by the YMCA and have also spent the last two years working on an American summer camp, the first year being employed as a group leader, and last year being the social worker for all children on camp. I have undertaken my placements as a social work student working within the Child Protection Team, and also working with ex offenders in conjunction with the Probation Programmes. Both of these placements I thoroughly enjoyed both of these placements and would love to find some employment in this area, particularly working with at risk children. I have volunteered working with homeless and also have experience of working with children who are due to leave the care system, and children with behavioural problems.

I am currently applying for my permanent residency to stay in Australia as I absolutely love it here. However, sponsorship would be the perfect opportunity for me if it were available as I am slightly worried about my timescale and receiving all my paperwork back in time to apply for this. I am currently undergoing my skills assessment and cannot apply for my residency until this is back, however my visa runs out at the end of October!

I am currently residing in Melbourne and would ideally like to stay here, however if sponsorship was available I would be very willing to consider relocation.

I look forward to hearing from you to forward you a copy of my resume and to talk about how I could be a trusted and valued member of your team.

Best regards

Work History

Support Worker

Safe Oasis Solutions

January 2014 - April 2014

• Supervising contact sessions between paternal parents and children.
• Ensuring the safety of the children at all times.
• Taking notes with regards to bonds, interaction, attachment etc between parents and children.
• Producing a visit report and forwarding to the relevant professionals.
• Ensuring that parents co-operate with any VRO's put in place.


January 2014 - April 2014

• Providing sole care for two boys aged 1 and 3.
• Getting children up in the morning, dressing, washing and feeding breakfast.
• Taking the boys to the park/library/on train/activities for the morning.
• Preparing snacks for the boys and ensuring they were always hydrated and fed healthy snacks.
• Afternoon activity such as colouring, craft, watching a movie, playing numbers/words games to improve cognitive ability.
• Ensuring both children had an afternoon nap.
• Helping with laundry and any other household tasks whilst children napping.
• Any other requirements to meet the boys particular needs.

Support Worker

Orana Women's Refuge

February 2014 - April 2014

• Advocating on behalf of and supporting the clients in terms of financial, legal, and court related matters.
• Assistance with form filling, attending appointments and general home help as required.
• Interacting with and playing with the children within the refuge.
• Advising and offering emotional support to the clients.
• Supporting and encouraging life opportunities.
• Assistance with general duties such as cleaning, cooking as required.
• Updating the SHIP system with regards to advocacy and work undertaken on behalf of the clients.
• Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the clients at all times.
• Contributing to the clients individual needs as required.

References are available upon request.

social work student

Children's Assessment and Safeguarding Services

January 2013 - May 2013

• Receiving referrals rang in and making initial contact with the families to tell them I would be visiting.
• Completing initial assessments for children regarding safeguarding aspects and evaluating the risks posed in the referral whilst working within the framework and to relevant legislation.
• Evaluation of whether to close, work or escalate the case to child protection level.
• Implementing a care plan of how to meet the needs of the children and organising and managing packages of support.
• Liaising with and making referrals to other agencies.
• Supervising parent / children contact sessions and making notes and preparing reports.
• Attending Child in Need meetings and working with other agencies involved to ensure an effective progress of the needs of the children being met.
• Assessing and reviewing the families situation on a weekly basis.
• Maintaining accurate records and preparing reports for legal action.
• Participating in training, supervision and team meetings.

Social Worker

Trailblazers Camp USA

June 2013 - September 2013

• Camper / parent support - Liaison between campers and parent, dealing with all queries regarding the children on camp.
• Support of all group leaders and enablers
• Dealing with behavioural issues for all children on camp.
• Dealing with homesickness/bullying and any related problems that arose.
• Training of all group leaders with regards to behavioural issues, leadership training, child development, basic needs, and other related topics.
• Dealing with camper questionnaires and evaluating camper growth during their stay at camp.

Mothers helper/Nanny

December 2013 - January 2014

• Playing games and entertaining 4 year old boy by taking to park, painting, drawing, making puzzles etc.
• Providing a friend for him to play with whilst his mum was also present (mum was pregnant and often very tired, role was whilst mother was also there)
• Preparing lunch and snacks drinks etc for him.
• Encouraging him to partake in learning activities such as memory games, numeracy and literacy board games.
• Any other requirements to meet his particular needs.

Group Leader

Trailblazers Camp USA

June 2012 - September 2012

• Being responsible for a group of care leavers aged 15-21 and becoming their "parent" for two week periods.
• Organising activities and scheduling day plans to keep the young people entertained.
• Developing and participating in life skills workshops with the children with regards to finances, cooking, budgeting, resume writing and sexual health etc.
• Promoting independence and life opportunities for the young people within my care.
• Encouraging and promoting personal goals for the young people to work towards and maintain.
• Being a positive role model for the young people.
• Contributing to their individual needs.

Youth Worker/Detached Youth Worker


October 2012 - May 2013

• Engaging with young people in the community to encourage them to work towards achievable goals for self and community improvement.
• Creating a scrap book with the young people of what they wanted within the community with regards to more lighting in parks, more benches, more activities, better safety etc to put forward for consideration for funding.
• Engaging with young people within the YMCA accommodation and carrying out life skills workshops with them, ie cooking, help with job applications, helping them with computers etc.
• Organising fun activities for the residents such as competitions on the wii, pool tournaments, making Christmas decorations, self pamper afternoons etc.
• Providing support and friendship to the residents and young people within the community and encouraging and promoting life opportunities.
• Contributing to their individual needs.

Volunteer Support Worker

Harbour Place Day Centre

January 2011 - August 2011

• Providing support and friendship for the homeless and socially excluded.
• Encouraging and promoting personal hygiene.
• Contributing to their individual needs.
• Encouraging and promoting independence and life opportunities.

Social Work Student

Humbercare/Probation Service

September 2011 - February 2012

• Providing support for ex offenders on the probation programme.
• Carrying out assessments to assess needs of ex offenders and preparing documents and reports.
• Arranging packages of support depending on the individual needs of the client ie housing, employment, health etc.
• Delivering "Chance For Change" classes to the offenders resulting in self actualization of the offences made.
• Monitoring and reviewing individual cases.

Volunteer Youth Worker

Shalom Youth Centre & Space Project

September 2010 - June 2013

• Providing support and friendship for the young people
• Encouraging better life opportunities through actions which promote their independence.
• Being a positive role model for the young people.
• Contributing to their individual needs.
• Planning and organising activities for the children and participating in them myself.

Qualifications & Certifications

BA Social Work

Hull University

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