Chandler Macleod are proud to partner with the Department of Family, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) to help people step into a fulfilling career as a Child Protection Practitioner.​​

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Gemma Tolfo - 03 8629 1220

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Current roles available

Advanced Child Protection Practitioner

CPP4 - Advanced Child Protection Practitioners work with more complex cases and situations. Ideally, you will have a minimum of two years case work experience in child and family social work.

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Senior Child Protection Practitioners

The Senior Child Protection Practitioner (CPP5.1) roles are responsible for supporting and developing child protection practitioners in the integration of theory and practice while demonstrating your expertise through case practice, working collaboratively with the team manager to strengthen case practice, provide effective service delivery and support other practitioners. Roles available at the CPP5.1 level are supervisory and non-supervisory.

The Child Protection Team Manager(CPP5.2) will be responsible for effective service delivery, managing resources and budget, cases awaiting allocation and small teams of practitioners.

The Child Protection Practice Leader (CPP5.2) is responsible for providing expert case advice and leadership, supporting, and developing child protection practitioners in the integration of theory and practice while demonstrating expertise through case management.

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​In addition to the advanced and senior roles, there are also entry level roles available which can be accessed here.

Locations of Child Protection Jobs

Locations available all across Victoria. Please see details below:

North Division:

Loddon and Mallee areas - Bendigo, Swan Hill, Mildura

Hume, Moreland and North Eastern Melbourne Areas - Preston

South Division:

Inner and Outer Gippsland Areas (Bairnsdale, Leongatha, Morwell, Sale, Warragul)

Southern Melbourne and Bayside Peninsular Areas - Cheltenham, Dandenong, Frankston

East Division:

Goulburn, Ovens and Murray Area - Wangaratta, Wodonga, Seymour, Shepparton

Inner and Outer Eastern Melbourne Areas - Box Hill

West Division:

Wimmera South West Area - Hamilton, Horsham, Portland, Warrnambool

Central Highlands Area - Ballarat

Barwon Area - Geelong

Brimbank, Melton and Western Melbourne Areas - Footscray

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Why choose a career in Child Protection?

If you’re a person who is passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children, then a career in Child Protection is for you. As an essential worker, you’ll have an opportunity to make real change in communities, keeping children safe and families strong. You’ll find it challenging, rewarding and always changing. You will draw on your personal skills including thinking analytically, coming up with creative solutions, working well under pressure and collaborating with a diverse group of people towards a common goal. 

You will be supported

The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing have more than 2,000 qualified practitioners in their current Child Protection workforce, working with communities towards safer families together. They are also investing in learning and development and the wellbeing of their workforce with dedicated 24/7 support services.

If you’re a person who is passionate about making a difference to the lives of children, then a career in Child Protection is for you. While there is need for therapy-based skills, a great deal of case work involves statutory investigation, analysis and critical thinking. You’ll find it challenging, rewarding and always changing. You’ll work with a diverse group of people who share a common goal and be well supported to make decisions that benefit the lives of children and families.

​You'll do important work

To be an effective Child Protection Practitioner, you will have a strong sense of social justice and understand that families are complex, with their own unique histories. Importantly, you will be able to build relationships with children, young people and their families. The work is interesting, challenging, busy and fulfilling and involves therapeutic and analytical skills.

Great benefits on offer

As an employee of the Victorian Government, you'll have access to a broad range of benefits including:

  • Professional development through training programs and study leave

  • relocation support

  • ​flexible working hours, generous leave entitlements, paid paternity leave

  • Child Protection Practitioners receive an additional five days of paid annual leave after 12 months of service

  • salary packaging and 10% employer super contribution.

Child Protection Practitioner Roles

A wide range of career opportunities are available across Victoria in Child Protection including:

  • Case Practice Support Work (CPP2)

  • Beginning Child Protection Practice - Rural After Hours Service (CPP3)

  • Beginning Child Protection Practice (CPP3)

  • Advanced Child Protection Practice - Rural After Hours Service (CPP4)

  • Advanced Child Protection Practice (CPP4)

  • Senior Child Protection Practitioner (CPP5.1)

  • Child Protection Practice Leader (CPP5.2)

About you

The role of the Child Protection Practitioner requires specialist child welfare knowledge as well as the ability to exercise legal delegations.

You will be passionate about making a difference in the lives of children and families and have one of the following qualifications:

  • A recognised Social Work Degree or similar welfare or behavioural-related degree which has a focus on human behaviour and/or child development

  • a recognised Diploma of Community Services Work or similar qualification that is studied over a minimum of two academic years and includes a focus on child development, human behaviour and family dynamics or trauma

  • a Psychology Degree (or major) accredited by the Australian Psychologist Accrediation Council

  • a welfare-related qualification AND experience that meets Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) eligibility criteria.

In addition to this, you will also have

  • A full drivers licence

  • valid work rights for Australia

  • a current Working with Children Check (WWCC).

Qualities of successful Child Protection Practitioners include:

  • Adaptable and confident to work in a dynamic, shifting and changing environment

  • resilience in the face of sensitive information, confident to communicate effectively within a team to seek further guidance and support as needed

  • a thirst for learning and for on-going professional development - a wish to utilise the extensive supports to further your career!

Together, we’ll address changing needs 

The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing are building a better future for children, young people and families across the state.

Their Roadmap for Reform: Strong families, safe children, commits to focusing on prevention and early intervention, adopting a more family-centred approach that addresses children's and parent's needs.

More support, now and into the future

There are more than 2,000 qualified practitioners in the current Child Protection workforce working with communities towards safer families together. There is also a big investment in learning and development and the wellbeing of the workforce with dedicated 24/7 support services.

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FAQ's

​1. What positions are available

Advanced Child Protection Practitioner (CPP4)

You will have substantial experience in Child Protection and are able to guide, advise and support your colleagues in application of this in their work.

Child Protection Practice Leader (CPP5)

You are an expert in the Child Protection profession. You’ll actively coach and mentor your team/colleagues in application, theory and practice relating to this competency.

Roles include team manager, practice leader, senior child protection practitioner and senior child protection practitioner (Court Officer).

2. Mandatory requirements

To be a Child Protection Practitioner, you need a current and valid driver’s licence.

A Victorian Working with Children’s check or produce a current WWCC card before receiving a job offer. A receipt of payment for application or an actual WWCC card is required as evidence.

You will be double immunised

Have full working rights to work in Australia

3. What qualifications and experience do I need?

To apply for these roles, you will have one of the following:

A recognised social work degree or a similar welfare or behavioural-related degree that includes:

OR

A recognised Diploma of Community Services Work, or similar qualification that is studied over a minimum of two academic years full-time (or part time equivalent) and includes:

To be an advanced child protection practitioner, you will need a minimum of two years case work experience in child and family welfare services.

To be in a leading or expert practitioner role, you will require extensive experience in a related role or within Child Protection.

Please note: If you are still studying or have recently completed your studies in the above mentioned categories and have less than 2 yrs of work experience in Child Protection, then you fall under the Beginner Category of Child Protection (CPP3). You can register your Interest with us, but we are not hiring yet for these positions.

4. What is the salary range for these roles?

The salary range for Advanced Child Protection Practitioner (CPP4) role is from $90,000 to $110,000

The Salary range for Child Protection Practice Leader (CPP5) Level is from $110,000 to $130,000

5. What locations are available

North Division

Loddon Mallee Area

Bendigo

Swan Hill

Mildura

Hume, Moreland and North Eastern Melbourne Areas

Preston

South Division

Inner and Outer Gippsland Areas

Bairnsdale

Leongatha

Morwell

Sale

Warragul

Southern Melbourne and Bayside Peninsula Areas

Cheltenham

Dandenong

Frankston

East Division

Goulburn, Ovens and Murray Areas

Wangaratta

Wodonga

Seymour

Shepparton

Inner and Outer Eastern Melbourne Areas

Box Hill

West Division

Wimmera South West Area

Hamilton

Horsham

Portland

Warrnambool

Central Highlands Area

Ballarat

Barwon Area

Geelong

Brimbank, Melton and Western Melbourne Areas

Footscray

5. Can I work in a Child Protection role for the Victorian Government if I am from interstate?

If you have full working rights to work in Australia and want to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and their families, then you are at the right place. We welcome your applications and are sure that you will strengthen our workforce.

6. From overseas and currently in or outside Australia

Due to COVID- 19, our client has has temporarily suspended offers of sponsorship under the Temporary Skill Shortage (subclass 482).

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