Child Protection Principal Practitioner

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Job Details

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Department: Department of Health and Human Services
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Community Services
Classification: CPP6
Work Location: Western - Ballarat
Reference: VG/DHHS/WWD/516351CH
Closing Date: 31-Mar-2019
Salary Range: $118,908 - $159,126
Job Duration: Ongoing
Attachments: Principal Practitioner CPP6 PD (Central Highlands).pdf (PDF, 80KB)
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Principal Practitioner CPP6 PD (Central Highlands).docx (Word, 51KB)
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Contact: Sandy Brien
0411 276 898

Position Details

Number of vacancies available: 1
Office Location(s):
Ballarat   Position Summary:

Are you:

  • Committed to working with children, young people and families?
  • Able to demonstrate expert skills in child-centred family-focussed welfare practice
  • Committed to driving practice excellence and have a passion for supporting practitioners to learn and develop their skills in supporting vulnerable adults, children and families.

As a Child Protection Principal Practitioner your primary aim is to strengthen the skills and knowledge of child protection practitioners and build a child focussed family centred practice culture that integrates evidence from research and critical reflection. 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 position is a key member of the area leadership team and works collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders.

To ensure your success in this challenging and rewarding role, you will have experience working within the Child Protection sector, superior practice leadership and risk assessment skills and enjoy mentoring and developing others to achieve their full potential.

In return, you will receive:

Attractive salary and flexible work arrangements

  • Generous leave provisions
  • Excellent professional development opportunities
  • Exposure to innovative social work practices
  • Relocation assistance may also be available for the successful candidate

Take the next step to pursue a challenging and rewarding career.

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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.
For further information please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website:

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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