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Advanced Child Protection Practitioner (After-hours Service) (Cpp4)

Department of Families, Fairness and Housing - Melbourne, VIC

Voluntary, Charity & Social Work
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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 people and people from diverse backgrounds and abilities.


In the context of a whole of community approach, Advanced 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 Child Protection Service (AHCPS) is a state-wide service that responds to new child protection reports and contacts regarding existing child protection clients made to DFFH out of business hours..

This role is required to operate outside normal office hours, during weekends and public holidays, with associated penalty rates.

Casual Child Protection Practitioners are expected to work evening and overnight shifts, and other vacancies, including at short notice.

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?
  • Interested in a positive work-life balance?

We are looking for experienced Child Protection Practitioners that enjoy a fast paced supportive environment.

The Central After Hours Service is located within the Eastern Metropolitan Region and provides a range of After Hours Services within the program area of Statewide Services Group. Services operating from the Central After Hours Service include:

  • The After Hours Child Protection Service (AHCPS) is a state wide service that responds to new child protection reports and contacts regarding existing child protection clients made to Department of Health & Human Services out of business hours. The AHCPS also incorporates an after hours placement function for children and young people requiring out of home placement.
  • The Streetwork Outreach Service (SOS) and Central After Hours and Bail Placement Service (CAHABPS) operates as an integrated after hours service providing assertive street based outreach to young people at risk of harm and exploitation in St Kilda and the Central Business District; and a response for young people at risk of being remanded due to their criminal activity, undertaking assessments in relation to bail placement suitability and facilitation of bail placement.

The Advanced Child Protection Practitioner (AHCPES) receives and assesses reports of alleged abuse and neglect of children and young people. They undertake investigations and develop plans to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people is achieved.


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.

Melbourne, VIC

Voluntary, Charity & Social Work


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