Child protection

Child protection practitioners can work with infants, children, adolescents, indigenous children and families and focus on their safety and wellbeing

About Child Protection 

Child protection practitioners work for the Victorian Government to investigate the safety and wellbeing of children at risk. As essential frontline workers they receive and assess reports of alleged child abuse and neglect from the community.

For more information about child protection, please visit the Child Protection Jobs website.

Working in Child Protection 

Child protection practitioners have a specific statutory role which includes:

  • Providing advice and consultation to people who report concerns about children and young people
  • Assessing children and families where it is believed a child is at risk of significant harm
  • Making applications to, and attending, the Melbourne Children’s Court.
  • Engaging and working with children and families to promote safety, stability and development of the child and to strengthen family capacity.

Working in Child Protection means;

  • Generous leave provisions on top of the standard VPS entitlements.
    • Child Protection staff receive extended leave provisions of 5 days of professional development time per year and an extra 5 days of additional leave after 12 months of service. Some leave will be pro-rata based on part time hours. Staff also have the option to purchase additional leave.
  • Employees working in Child Protection have access to the Child Protection Wellbeing Program (CPWP) and the Child Protection Health Program (CPHP).
    • These programs support the wellbeing of Child Protection staff by providing access to confidential individual counselling of up to six funded face to face counselling sessions per issue, per year. This is in addition to the Employee Wellbeing and Support Program available to all department staff.
  • Child Protection Practice Induction Program
    • This is a specific mandatory induction program for all new child protection practitioners, delivered over a 5-week period, full-time, to equip new practitioners with the necessary practice knowledge and skills to commence their careers in child protection. 

You can find out more about the benefits of working for the department on the Why work for us page.

What are the requirements?

To work in Child Protection, candidates are required to:

Apply now 

Apply for available roles in Child Protection via the Careers Vic website.