Job Details
  • Reference383826A_1637718837
  • LocationMelbourne
  • SalaryAU$56 - AU$63 per hour
  • Job TypeContract
  • Posted15 days ago
  • ConsultantGemma Tolfo

About the Organisation:
Our client is a major department of the Victorian State Government, they enable the continuing support of Victorian's by delivering services that focus on the recovery and growth of diverse communities within state. This department leads the way at a State level in providing opportunities within their key portfolios and by leading bold and innovative reform.

About the Role:
The key objective of the Child Protection Practitioner is to receive and assess reports of alleged abuse and neglect of children and young people. The practitioner undertakes investigations and develops action plans to ensure the achievement of case plan objectives in a timely manner. As a Child Protection Practitioner, you will have significant experience to demonstrate critical assessment, high level stakeholder engagement and deliver on key accountabilities consistently.

Key responsibilities:

  • Understand and practice the core responsibilities and principles of the legislative and statutory framework of the Child Youth and Families Act (2005)
  • Prepare complex briefs, emails and reports ensuring the use of professional language at all times
  • Identify and articulate risks to children such as factors that place a child at risk or abuse or neglect verbally and in written reports to stakeholders
  • Communicate risk and risk-related concepts written and verbally concisely to stakeholders at all levels
  • Initiate, prepare and present reports in the Children's Court or other tribunals
  • Empathetically and confidently work with families impacted by family violence, drug/alcohol abuse, demonstrating a high-level understanding of the legislative and policy requirements relating to these areas of expertise
  • Empathetically and confidently work with Aboriginal families, demonstrating a high-level understanding of the legislative and policy requirements needed to support these families as needed
  • Confidently identify normal developmental stages within children and young people, with understanding of attachment and trauma theory
  • Operate effectively in a fast-paced and changing environment to deliver results in a timely manner

About you:

The successful applicants will ideally have prior similar and significant expertise as a Child Protection Officer to confidently work with complex cases. Ideally, you will have two years case work experience in family and child social work. In addition to this you will also:

  • Previous experience in a similar role under Australian rules and regulations
  • Bachelor's degree in social work or related welfare or behavioural qualifications
  • In lieu of a Bachelors' degree, Diploma of Community Services Work or similar qualifications with a primary focus on child development, family trauma or human behaviour
  • A valid driver's license
  • A current Working with Children Check (WWC)
  • Adaptable and flexible to change, confident to work in a shifting and changing environment
  • Demonstrates confidence in decision making, ability to make rational and sound decisions based on the consideration of facts and alternatives
  • Ability to emotionally regulate when dealing with potentially distressing and sensitive information to ensure a fair and best outcome is achieved
  • Resilient in the face of sensitive information, confident communicate effectively to seek guidance and support as needed
  • Shows initiative and proactiveness to manage workload
  • Demonstrate keen organisational and problem solving abilities
    What this means for you:
  • Perform a highly necessary and very rewarding role as a valued contractor within respected and reputable agency of the Victorian State Government that affects positive change for our States diverse communities
  • Multiple opportunities available, ranging from short to long term contracts that could also lead to on-going opportunities
  • Receive a generous hourly rate above market average

How to apply:

Chandler Macleod is an equal opportunity employer as part of our commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, disability and culturally and linguistics candidates are also encouraged to apply.

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