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Child Protection Practitioner - Rural After Hours Service2020

Department of Families, Fairness and Housing - Shepparton, VIC

Voluntary, Charity & Social Work
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Full Job Description
In the context of a whole of community approach, Child Protection Practitioners have a specific statutory role in protecting children and young people from harm and promoting their rights and healthy development.
The After Hours Service (AHS) is a state wide service that responds to new child protection reports and contacts regarding existing child protection clients made to DHHS out of business hours. This includes the After Hours Child Protection Emergency Service (AHCPES), Rural After Hours Service (RAHS), Central After Hours Placement Service (CAHPS), Streetwork Outreach Service (SOS) and Central After Hours Bail Assessment Placement Service (CAHABPS).
Are you

  • Committed to working with children, young people and families?
  • Able to effectively engage to provide families with the optimum capacity for change?
  • Continually improving your skills and knowledge to further develop your professional practice?
This role may at times be required to operate outside normal office hours (at night and on weekends and public holidays) with relevant overtime or time in lieu provisions applying. Rural employees may be required to participate in an on-call roster.
The Child Protection Practitioner receives and assesses reports of alleged abuse and neglect of children and young people. They undertake investigations and 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. This may include taking matters to court.

  • All out of hours urgent child protection matters are responded to and managed by the After Hours Service (AHS). This includes receiving and assessing new reports, and conducting urgent visits to assess the risk and safety for a child. Rural After Hours teams support the AHS across the State. Urgent rural area visits are conducted by a Rural After Hours (RAH) team. This includes responding to cases where existing and new Child Protection clients are at significant risk and require an urgent out of hours response and consulting with AHS throughout the outreach about key decisions.
  • RAHS operates an on-call, re-call model and practitioners participate on a roster and conduct emergency outreach visits as required at night, on weekends and public holidays. In addition to conducting outreach visits, RAH practitioners will work a core number of days in the Child Protection office and undertake a variety of tasks that support Child Protection operations in the Area/Division.
Applicants are encouraged to apply online, submitting a cover letter and a current resume.
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 further information please visit the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
Click 'Apply Now' to submit your interest in this position.

Shepparton, VIC

Voluntary, Charity & Social Work


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