Why choose a career in Child Protection?

Being a Child Protection Practitioner means making real change to the lives...

Who are we looking for?

As a Child Protection Practitioner, you’ll join over 1600 other qualified social, welfare...

What’s involved in being a Practitioner?

Child Protection Practitioners work for the Victorian Government to investigate the...

What jobs are available?

There are many opportunities across various levels in Child Protection, from Case...

For me, a career path (is) also about moving horizontally…”

With over 25 years spent in different roles at the frontline of family safety, Angela has been part of the many changes pioneered by Child Protection to stand up for children at risk.

You really can’t get bored… there are always secondments in a range of different teams.”

Lena has experienced many roles in her time at Child Protection and finds the diversity and challenges involved in advocating for child safety to be exciting and rewarding.

Building relationships is easy in a rural setting”

After moving to Australia from India, via the UK, Santhosh found regional Victoria to be the ideal location and environment for him to help vulnerable children and their families.

Which role is right for you?

There are many opportunities across various levels in Child Protection, from Case Support Work (CPP2) roles to Expert Practice (CPP6) roles. Download and read the position descriptions for all roles below.

Ready to apply? Applications can take 20-30 minutes. Make sure that you have an up-to-date resume and academic transcripts ready to upload.

Case Practice Support Work (CPP2)

Support Workers require no minimum qualifications.

Beginning Practice (CPP3)

Child Protection Practitioners have case work responsibility for Child Protection cases. These positions are ideal for graduates.

Advanced Practice (CPP4)

Advanced Child Protection Practitioners work with more complex cases and situations. You need a minimum of two years case work experience in child and family social work.

Leading Practice (CPP5)

Leading Practice roles range from Team Managers and Practice Leaders to Senior Child Protection Practitioners and Senior Child Protection Practitioners (Court Officer) and require extensive experience in a related role or within Child Protection.

Expert Practice (CPP6)

These are our most senior Practitioner roles and you’ll need to be well-qualified with significant experience. Expert Practice roles include Area Manager, Area Manager (regional services), Principal Practitioner and Child Protection Operations Manager.

Need more information?

Careers in Child Protection can range from Case Practice Support Workers through to Operations Managers.

Case Practice Support Workers (CPP2)

You’ll work within a team to provide a range of case support tasks for clients within the Child Protection program. These tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • supervising access visits between children and their families where there are safety or risk issues present
  • transporting children to services
  • providing in home support to families
Beginning Practice (CPP3)

You’re commencing developing and/or building your practical experience in Child Protection. You can:

  • demonstrate this capability in your work in some settings and situations
Advanced Practice (CPP4)

You’ll have significant practical child protection-related experience. You’ll also be able to support, advise and guide other colleagues on the application of this capability in their work.

Leading Practice (CPP5)

You’re developing a reputation as an expert in the child protection profession. You’ll actively coach colleagues in the application, theory and practice relating to this capability and lead both colleagues and clients.

Roles include Team Managers, Practice Leaders, Senior Child Protection Practitioner and Senior Child Protection Practitioner (Court Officer).

Expert Practice (CPP6)

You’ll have significant and deep experience and be recognised around the state as an expert in applying this capability with both colleagues and external stakeholders. You will strategically plan for how colleagues and staff can continue to develop in this area and successfully operationalise these plans.

Roles include Area Manager, Area Manager (Regional Services), Principal Practitioner and Child Protection Operations Manager.

To be a Child Protection Practitioner, you need a current and valid driver’s licence and one of the following:

A recognised Social Work degree or a similar welfare or behavioural-related degree that includes:

  • a primary focus on child development, human behaviour, family dynamics and/or impacts of trauma;
  • and, preferably, a practical component such as counselling or case work practice
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:

  • a primary focus on child development, human behaviour, family dynamics and/or impacts of trauma
  • supervised fieldwork placements (ideally completed within the child and family welfare sector) and at least one unit of study in case management, case work practice or counselling.

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.


Working with Children Check (WWCC)

All applicants for Child Protection roles are required to apply and pay for a Victorian Working with Children Check (WWCC) 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.
For more information on the WWCC, please visit www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au or call the confidential information line on 1300 652 879.

You need to have completed your qualifications to apply for a position as a Child Protection Practitioner (CPP3).

If you haven't completed an approved recognised Diploma-level qualification, you may be required to seek eligibility for membership with the approved accrediting body (ACWA).

Child Protection offices are situated across Victoria, in both regional and metropolitan areas. When applying, you’ll be asked to identify your office location of choice. Office locations are as follows:

Loddon Mallee Area
  • Bendigo
  • Swan Hill
  • Mildura
Hume, Moreland and North Eastern Melbourne Areas
  • Preston
Inner and Outer Gippsland Areas
  • Morwell
  • Warragul
  • Sale
  • Bairnsdale
  • Leongatha
Southern Melbourne and Bayside Peninsula Areas
  • Dandenong
  • Frankston
  • Cheltenham
Goulburn, Ovens and Murray Areas
  • Wodonga
  • Wangaratta
  • Shepparton
  • Seymour
Inner and Outer Eastern Melbourne Areas
  • Box Hill
Central Highlands Area
  • Ballarat
Wimmera South West Area
  • Horsham
  • Hamilton
  • Portland
  • Warrnambool
Barwon Area
  • Geelong
  • Colac
Brimbank, Melton and Western Melbourne Areas
  • Footscray
  • Case Practice Support Worker (CPP2) – $51,213 to $63,201
  • Child Protection Practitioner (CPP3) – $64,583 to $78,418
  • Advanced Child Protection Practitioner (CPP4) – $79,955 to $90,716
  • Leading Child Protection Practitioner roles (CPP5.1 to CPP5.2) – $92,253 to $111,619
  • Expert Child Protection Practitioner roles (CPP6.1 to CPP6.2) – $113,156 to $151,428

Roles may at times be required to operate outside normal office hours (at night, on weekends and public holidays) with relevant overtime or time in lieu provisions applying.

The department has a dedicated Aboriginal Employment Team to support Aboriginal staff and provide a range of other benefits. An Aboriginal Staff Support Network is unique to the department and provides Aboriginal employees an environment to share their experiences, support for each other, participate in professional development and contribute to the policy and services of the department.

If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicant and require advice and support with the recruitment process, please contact our Diversity Unit on DiversityInclusion@dhhs.vic.gov.au

We are looking for experienced Advanced and Senior Child Protection Practitioners to come and live in Victoria and be part of an integrated workforce committed to improving the lives of vulnerable children and their families. We want people who can work collaboratively to achieve positive outcomes – people who are committed to working with children, young people and families.

Victorian Child Protection recognises you bring skills and attributes that will strengthen our service. For candidates successful through the recruitment process who require visa sponsorship, the department may consider requests under the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457).

From overseas and currently living in Australia

If you are a citizen of another country, are currently IN Australia and have a Bachelor-level social work qualification or a similar welfare or behavioural-related degree that is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers or the Australian Community Workers Association, you may be eligible for a Child Protection Practitioner, Advanced Child Protection Practitioner, Senior Child Protection Practitioner  or  Team Manager/Leading Practitioner position. You will need to demonstrate your current working rights and visa details. It is important you advise the department of your interest in seeking employer visa sponsorship at the initial application stage.

From overseas and currently outside Australia

If you are a citizen of another country, are currently OUTSIDE Australia and have a Bachelor-level social work qualification or a similar welfare or behavioural-related degree that is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers or the Australian Community Workers Association, you may be eligible for an  Advanced Child Protection Practitioner, Senior Child Protection Practitioner  or  Team Manager/Leading Practitioner  position. You must also have a minimum of two years statutory child protection experience. It is important to ensure that you advise of your interest in seeking employer visa sponsorship at the initial application stage.