CPP5.1 Senior Child Protection Practitioner - Community Based, Child Protection

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 - full time
Job Function: Community Services
Classification: CPP 5.1
Work Location: Preston
Reference: VG/DFFH/ND/378584NEMA
Closing Date: 03-Jul-2022
Salary Range: $103,920 - $114,828
Job Duration: until 1/01/2023
Attachments: CPP5.1 Senior CPP Community Based PD June 2022.docx (Word, 127KB)
Job Specification

CPP5.1 Senior CPP Community Based PD June 2022.pdf (PDF, 101KB)
Job Specification

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Contact: Michael Rogers
0459 039 895

Position Details


-    Utilise your strong leadership skills

-    Contribute to programs that support the wellbeing of Victorians

-    Provide expert advice across a range of issues

An exciting opportunity exists for a Senior Child Protection Practitioner on a fixed term basis in the North East Melbourne.


The creation of the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing will allow for a dedicated focus on the community wellbeing and the social recovery of Victoria. The newly formed department will enable us to continue the extraordinary work of supporting Victorian's, sharpening our focus on better services for 2021. It will also provide opportunities to deliver important work started before the pandemic and to lead bold and innovative reform. The department includes Child Protection, Prevention of Family Violence, Housing and Disability and Ageing and Carers. The department is also responsible for the key portfolios of Multicultural Affairs, LGBTQI+ Equality, Veterans and of offices of Women and Youth, enhancing the alignment with policy areas and portfolios focusing on the recovery and growth of our diverse communities. The department also supports Family Safety Victoria, Homes Victoria and Respect Victoria.



The Senior Child Protection Practitioner (Community Based) is an outposted child protection position that will work as a part of a team from the Support and Safety Hub (Hubs) in the local area. The position will report to the Team Manager (Support and Safety Hubs). The position will be required to, at times, attend the local Child Protection office for child protection related activities and meetings.

Working within a multi-disciplinary setting, the SCPP (Community Based) will provide expert advice, support and consultation to Hubs staff, as well as to Family Services, Specialist Family Violence Services and Men's Services, where there are significant concerns for the wellbeing of children and young people.  The position will work collaboratively with the services to support earlier and more effective intervention to vulnerable children, young people and their families and, where required, support the engagement of families with services. Work will include direct involvement with unborn children, when there is a high likelihood of child protection intervention post birth.

The position will also be required to contribute to the development and delivery of community education to agencies regarding child protection statutory processes and responsibilities.

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

  1. Critical Assessment and Reflection
  2. Engaging Others 
  3. Delivering Results
  4. Leading and Inspiring




  • 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


  • 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 licence.
  • A current Working with Children Check (WWCC) card.


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

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 Pandemic (Workplace) Order 2022 (No. 8) 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.


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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