why child protection

What a career in Child Protection can offer you

If you’re a person who is passionate about making a difference to the lives of vulnerable children, then a career in child protection is for you. You’ll find it challenging, rewarding and always changing. You’ll work with a diverse group of people who share a common goal and be well supported to make decisions that benefit the lives of children and families.

Careers in Child Protection can range from Case Practice Support Workers through to Operations Managers.


What the work involves

Child Protection Practitioners have a specific statutory role that includes:

  • providing advice and consultation to people who report concerns about children and young people
  • assessing children and families where a child may be at risk of significant harm
  • making applications to, and attending, the Children’s Court of Victoria
  • engaging and working with children and families to promote safety, stability and development of the child, and to strengthen family capacity.

The benefits of a career in Child Protection

As an employee of the Victorian Government, you’ll also have a broad range of benefits. These include professional development through training programs and study leave. We support work-life balance with flexible working hours, generous leave entitlements and paid maternity leave. Child Protection Practitioners receive an additional five days of paid annual leave after 12 months of service.

You’ll also benefit from salary packaging and 9.5% super employer contribution. We can help new starters with relocation assistance, regional orientation and a thorough induction.


Addressing changing needs together

The Victorian Government’s ‘Roadmap for Reform’ outlines our strategic plan for building a better future for children, young people and families across the state. It adopts a more family-centred approach – to address children’s and parents’ needs – and commits us to focusing on prevention and early intervention.


More support, now and into the future

We have more than 1900 qualified staff in our current Child Protection teams working with communities towards safer families together. We are also investing in learning and development and the wellbeing of all Practitioners and support staff.

> Child Protection Workforce Strategy 2017–2020

> Child Protection Workforce Strategy 2017-2020 (accessible)


You really can't get bored… there are always assignments in a range of different teams.

Lena has experienced many roles in her time at Child Protection and finds the diversity and challenges involved in advocating for child safety to be exciting and rewarding.