Senior Child Protection Practitioner, Community Based Northeast Melbourne Area

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The department is committed to the safety of its clients. The department takes a zero tolerance approach to abuse, including child abuse and abuse of people with disability.

Departmental employees are required to comply with all legal requirements including the Child Safe Standards to keep children safe from harm and abuse.

All jobs can be worked flexibly and we encourage job applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, LGBTI and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

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The department has a zero tolerance towards violence within the workplace and recognises the rights of all staff to be free from violence and gender-related discrimination. We are proudly working with White Ribbon to create a safer workplace.

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Department: Department of Health and Human Services
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Community Services
Classification: CPP 5.1
Work Location: Melbourne - Northern Metro
Reference: VG/549781
Closing Date: 04-Feb-2019
Salary Range: $96,942 - $107,117
Job Duration: Ongoing
Attachments: SCPP Community Based CPP5 PD.docx (Word, 64KB)
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SCPP Community Based CPP5 PD.docx (Word, 64KB)
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Contact: Angie Dimach
9479 0571

Position Details

Office Location(s): 

56 Burgundy Street, Heidelberg VIC 3084;

679-685 High Street, Preston VIC 3072

Position Summary:


  • Contemporary Orange Door Program
  • Outstanding Career opportunity – New Multi-disciplinary Centre
  • Drive sustainable change – Convenient Heidelberg location

The 2016 Royal Commission into Family Violence recommended the establishment Safety Support Hubs, known as The Orange Door across  Victoria.

The North East Melbourne Area Orange Door opened in June 2018 delivers an innovative and integrated approach to support for women, children, men and young people   who are or have experienced family violence.  The Orange Door is the point of intake for the coordination of family services support to vulnerable children and families in the North East Melbourne Area.

An outstanding opportunity currently exists for a highly motivated individual to join the Orange Door in the capacity of Senior Child Protection Practitioner- Community Based – CPP5 classification. This is a pivotal position for Child Protection and critical for effective service delivery within The Orange Door.

The Senior Practitioner Community Based will work within multi-disciplinary setting and will provide expert advice, support and consultation to Family Services, Specialist Family Violence Services and Men's Services, where there are significant concerns for the wellbeing   of children and young people. Work will also include direct involvement with unborn children, when there is a high likelihood of child protection intervention post birth.

Integral to your success in this challenging yet fulfilling role, you will possess demonstrable skills in the following key areas:

  • Highly developed risk assessment skills in a family violence context.
  • Superior understanding of child development, attachment and trauma theories in relation to child protection practice
  • Superior Stakeholder Management experience with the ability to forge relationships at all levels of the organisation

In return you will receive;

  • Relocation Assistance
  • Expert supervision
  • Exposure to innovative Social Work Practices
  • Ongoing Professional Development

The is an outstanding opportunity to shape service delivery in family violence and child well    being in Victoria.

For a confidential discussion regarding this exciting opportunity please contact Angie Dimech on 9479 0571. 


How to Apply:

Applicants are encouraged to apply online, submitting a cover letter and a current resume.

Please note:

For this role, you are not required to address each of the key selection criteria in a separate written document. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review our Careers Page. This page provides information on the department's recruitment and safety screening processes.

Click 'Apply Now' below to submit your interest in this role.
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Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process.

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