Child Protection Navigator Practice Leader - CPP5.2 - Goulburn

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 people and people from diverse backgrounds and abilities. .

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Department: Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
Work Type: Ongoing - part time
Job Function: Community Services
Classification: CPP 5.2
Work Location: Multiple Locations
Reference: VG/DFFH/CSOD/636830
Closing Date: 30-Jan-2022
Salary Range: $113,412 - $124,183
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: CPP5.2 - CP Navigator Practice Leader - 636830 - Jan 2022.pdf (PDF, 176KB)
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CPP5.2 - CP Navigator Practice Leader - 636830 - Jan 2022.docx (Word, 90KB)
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Contact: Allan Muntz - 03-5832-1705

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Please note: This position has mandatory qualifications. Please check the Position Description to ensure that you have the minimum requirements prior to applying.

The child protection Practice Leader 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. The Practice Leader supports practice to 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. The Practice Leader also undertakes case practice quality audits and provides regular practice forums and reflective practice sessions.

In the context of a whole of community approach, Child Protection Practice Leaders have a specific statutory role in protecting children and young people from harm and promoting their rights and healthy development.  

The Child Protection Navigator is a Practice Leader Position dedicated to the Family Preservation and Reunification Response. The Child Protection Navigator supports activation of the Response and right time, with the right people and in the right place to promote and protect the rights and best interests of children and young people. The Child Protection Navigator will model and enhance trauma informed, culturally safe and responsive practice that is child and family centred, relational and evidence-informed and integrated to improve outcomes of child safety, wellbeing and development.

The Child Protection Navigator provides a unique opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of vulnerable children

As our ideal candidate, you will be required to demonstrate

  • Model leadership in a range of areas including expert knowledge of legislation, policy and procedure, the application of the Best Interest Case Practice Model and the ability to think critically and analytically to achieve best outcomes for children and families.
  • Carry a caseload (allocated or co-allocated) commensurate with their other duties, with a focus on high risk and complex cases.
  • Implement reflective practice and other staff development strategies for child protection practitioners, as well as practitioners in the Support and Safety Hub for their area. This may include establishing and/or maintaining a local consultative panel for the Support and Safety Hub and/or Integrated Family Services and Specialist Family Violence Services (men's and women's).
  • Works collaboratively with the Team Manager and Senior Child Protection Practitioner/s to strengthen case practice, provide effective service delivery and to support other practitioners.



  • A recognised Social Work degree or a similar welfare or behavioral 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


  • 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


  • A valid driver's license.
  • A current Working with Children Check (WWCC) card.

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

The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which 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) based on Victorian Chief Health Officer's Directions as issued and updated from time to time. Vaccination requirements may differ from role to role based on their risk category and the duties performed. The department's policy (attached) outlines the risk categories and requirements for employees working for the department. Where relevant, proof of immunisation status may be required.  For this role, you are required to submit proof of vaccination prior to commencement. Please refer to the attached policy for more information - DFFH COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination policy.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online, submitting a cover letter and a current resume. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

Please note, for this position, you are not required to address each of the key selection criteria in a separate written document. 

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 (

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