Principal Practitioner, Child Protection

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Department: Department of Health and Human Services
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Community Services
Classification: CPP6
Work Location: Melbourne - Northern Metro
Reference: VG/DHHS/ND/854123
Closing Date: 28-Nov-2017
Salary Range: $113,156 - $151,428
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: CPP6 Principal Practitioner - Position Description 854123 Nov 2017.doc (Word, 1.09MB)

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Contact: Denise McLaughlin
03 9479 0452

Position Details

Number of vacancies available: 1

Office Location(s):
  679-685 High Street, Preston 

Position Summary:


  • Senior Appointment - Principal Practitioner (CPP6)
  • Child Protection Program – Newly created position
  • Convenient Preston based location

An outstanding opportunity exists for a highly motivated individual to work with the Preston based Child Protection team in the capacity of Principal Practitioner. Operating as part of the North Division Service, the role will report to the North Division Director Child Protection, with a primary focus on service delivery within the Northern Metro Area.

As part of the Child Protection Leadership team, the Principal Practitioner will possess the qualifications, skills and experience to deliver positive outcomes for vulnerable children and families, particularly regarding the most high risk, complex and sensitive cases. This will be achieved through strengthening the skills and knowledge of child protection practitioners and building a child focussed family centred practice culture with an emphasis on collaborative approaches with service providers in the broader service system.

Pivotal to your success in this challenging yet fulfilling role, the ideal candidate will possess demonstrable skills in the following key areas;

  • Highly developed collaboration, communication and engagement skills with the ability to forge relationships at all levels of the organisation
  • Leadership capability in promoting exceptional practice and risk assessment through modelling mentoring, coaching and supervision at an expert level.

This is a genuine opportunity to contribute to long term and sustainable change for those children most at risk.

Relocation assistance available for the successful candidate.


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 view the Information for Applicants document to obtain guidance on what to include in your cover letter and resume. This document also provides information on the department's recruitment and employment safety screening processes.

Click 'Apply Now' below to submit your interest in this role, or click here to obtain step-by-step guidance on how to register and apply online.
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