Child Protection Practitioner (Rural After-Hours Service)

The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) works hard to create equal opportunities for all Victorians to live a safe, respected and valued life.

Our areas of focus are child protection, housing, disability, the prevention of family violence, multicultural affairs, LGBTQI+ equality, veterans, women and youth. The work we do benefits thousands of Victorians, particularly those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable.

We work in a variety of community-based settings, including people's homes, residential facilities and secure settings across metropolitan, rural and regional Victoria.

We are committed to developing and supporting a workforce that is well equipped and highly motivated. All jobs can be worked flexibly, and we encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from diverse backgrounds and abilities. .

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For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit Department of Families, Fairness and Housing Victoria | Jobs (www.dffh.vic.gov.au/jobs)

Job Details

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Department: Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
Work Type: Fixed term - part time
Job Function: Community Services
Classification: CPP3
Work Location: Bendigo - Loddon area
Reference: VG/DFFH/COPL/00378350
Closing Date: 09-Aug-2022
Salary Range: $72,751 - $88,336
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: CPP3 Beginning CPP (RAHS) PD 378350 (1).pdf (PDF, 117KB)
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Contact: Chandler Macleod Group
dhhs.recruitment@chandlermacleod.com

Position Details

POSITION SUMMARY

The Child Protection Practitioner receives and assesses reports of alleged abuse and neglect of children and young people. They undertake investigations and develop plans to bring about the changes necessary to ensure the safety, stability and development of children and young people and to promote the achievement of case plan objectives within specified timeframes. This may include taking matters to court.

All out of hours urgent child protection matters are responded to and managed by the After-Hours Service (AHS).  This includes receiving and assessing new reports and conducting urgent visits to assess the risk and safety for a child. Rural After-Hours teams support the AHS across the State. Urgent rural area visits are conducted by a Rural After Hours (RAH) team.  This includes responding to cases where existing and new Child Protection clients are at significant risk and require an urgent out of hours response and consulting with AHS throughout the outreach about key decisions. 

RAHS operates an on-call, re-call model and practitioners participate on a roster and conduct emergency outreach visits as required at night, on weekends and public holidays. In addition to conducting outreach visits, RAH practitioners will work a core number of days in the Child Protection office and undertake a variety of tasks that support Child Protection operations in the Area/Division

As our ideal candidate, you will be required to demonstrate:

  • Understands child development
  • Identifies risks to children
  • Understands the legislative and statutory framework
  • Works confidently with families impacted by drug and alcohol abuse
  • Works confidently with families impacted by family violence
  • Works confidently with Aboriginal children and families
  • Operates effectively in a fast-paced and changing environment
  • Confidently prepares for court
  • Communicates risk and risk-related concepts verbally
  • Writes professionally and convincingly

VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS POLICY

The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment that is safe and without risk to the health of its workers and clients.  The department may require its employees to be fully vaccinated against preventable diseases such as the current coronavirus (COVID-19).  The department's COVID-19 Vaccination requirements policy (Word) outlines the requirements for existing employees, other workplace participants and prospective employees.  Subject to exceptions, only employees or other workplace participants with up-to-date vaccination status (see definitions section of the policy) against COVID-19 and who provide evidence of their Vaccination Status are permitted to work for the department outside their ordinary place of residence.  For this role, you are required to submit proof of vaccination prior to commencement.  Please refer to the above link for more information. 

Other mandatory qualifications or requirements for this opportunity include:

  • A recognised Social Work degree or a similar welfare or behavioural related degree which includes:

 (a)    a primary focus on child development, human behaviour, family dynamics and/or impacts of trauma; and preferably

 (b)    a practical component such as counselling or case work practice

 or

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

 (b)     a primary focus on child development, human behaviour, family dynamics and/or impacts of trauma

 (c)     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

  

For more information on the accountabilities and key selection criteria, qualifications and/or requirements for the role please refer to the attached Position Description.

 

HOW TO APPLY

All VPS employees (and ex-VPS employees with extended access to the Jobs and Skills Exchange website) MUST apply via the Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) <https://jse.vic.gov.au/user/login?destination=/new-home-page> portal.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

Applicants are required to submit a CV and Cover Letter (max 2 pages) outlining their suitability to the role in line with the Key Selection Criteria. 

Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including a national police check and misconduct screening.

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. 

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit Department of Families, Fairness and Housing Victoria | Jobs (www.dffh.vic.gov.au/jobs)

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