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Child protection

Make a difference to keep children safe and families strong in a career that’s challenging, demanding but truly matters.

Be part of a unique workforce that's rewarding and always changing, and every day is different. 

A career in child protection offers professional pathways and leadership development opportunities in a field where you will make a difference to the lives of children and families.

Every day is different and it’s never boring.   

Roles range from case practice support work through to expert practice leader roles. If you already work in health, welfare, social work or community services or you’re looking to change careers, this is a great opportunity to broaden your skills and knowledge while making a positive difference to the lives of children and families.

About child protection work 

As a child protection practitioner, you’ll have an opportunity to make real change in communities, keeping children safe and families strong. It’s a challenging role, but a privilege to be involved in a family’s life, working with them to achieve good outcomes and enact change. You’ll be well supported as you work with others to make decisions that benefit the lives of children and families. 

In this field, you will call on and develop your personal skills including complex problem solving, critical and analytical thinking, finding creative solutions and working well under pressure. You will develop a unique team spirit as you collaborate with your colleagues towards a common goal. 

While there is need for therapy-based skills, a lot of the case work involves statutory investigation, analysis and critical thinking.

Who we’re looking for 

If you’re passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children, then a role in child protection is for you. 

Some of the many benefits of this rewarding career are professional development, further education, on the job training and study leave. Child protection experience will also put you in good stead to work in broader social work areas or other sectors as your transferable skills are always in high demand.

Find out more about why you should choose a career in child protection on the Child protection jobs website.

There’s a role for you

Some of the roles offered in child protection include, but are not limited to:

  • Case Practice Support Practitioner 
  • Beginning Child Protection Practitioner 
  • Advanced Child Protection Practitioner 
  • Senior Child Protection Practitioner 
  • Child Protection Practice Leader. 

Find out more about these and other roles available on the Child protection jobs website.


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