Qualifications and requirements

Qualifications and requirements

The role of the Child Protection Practitioner requires specialist child welfare knowledge as well as the ability to exercise legal delegations. It is critical that staff are well prepared and able to practice in this dynamic and challenging environment.

Case Practice Support Practitioners (CPP2) do not require social work or welfare qualifications. If you have been working in a similar field, aspects of your qualifications and experience might be relevant and transferable.

For qualification advice on all Child Protection Practitioner roles, please email the Child Protection recruitment team - childprotectionjobs@dhhs.vic.gov.au


Guidelines for Child Protection qualifications

There are clearly defined categories outlining criteria and mandatory qualifications. These are broken into three groups:

A. Preferred

B. Relevant qualifications

C. Minimum education requirements

Category A - Preferred

The curriculum content of these degrees is most compatible with the graduate attributes sought for entry into Child Protection Practitioner positions. These courses include specific child wellbeing and protection core curriculum. They encompass the basic attitudes and values, knowledge and practice skills needed to promote the wellbeing of children, young people, and families and to prevent or respond to child abuse and neglect. Supervised practical placements form a core component of the program. The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) accredits these degrees.

Category B - Relevant qualifications

These courses are at minimum bachelor level degrees with child protection-associated core content including child development (comprising physical, cognitive, social and emotional development), human behaviour (how behaviour is shaped by biology, learning experiences, cognitive, social and emotional development), family dynamics and/or impacts of trauma. These courses may contain units of study in counselling, casework practice and/or a supervised practical placement.

Category C - Minimum education requirements

The following qualifications are the minimum requirements for entry into a Child Protection Practitioner role. These include diploma level qualifications and are studied over a minimum of two academic years of full time study (or part time equivalent). They include child protection-associated core curriculum such as child development, human behaviour, family dynamics and/or impacts of trauma. These courses also include a minimum of 400 hours of supervised field work placement ideally completed within the child and family welfare sector, and at least one unit of study in case management, case work practice or counselling. The Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) approves these courses.


Qualifications for Child Protection Practitioners

To be a Child Protection Practitioner, you need a current and valid driver’s licence and one of the following:

A recognised Social Work degree or a similar welfare or behavioural-related degree that includes:

  • a primary focus on child development, human behaviour, family dynamics and/or impacts of trauma;
  • and, preferably, a practical component such as counselling or case work practice

OR

A recognised Diploma of Community Services Work, or similar qualification that is studied over a minimum of two  academic years full-time (or part time equivalent) and includes:

  • a primary focus on child development, human behaviour, family dynamics and/or impacts of trauma
  • supervised fieldwork placements (ideally completed within the child and family welfare sector) and at least one unit of study in case management, case work practice or counselling.

To be an Advanced Child Protection Practitioner, you will need a minimum of two years case work experience in child and family welfare services.

To be in a Leading or Expert Practitioner role, you will require extensive experience in a related role or within Child Protection.


Working with Children Check (WWCC)

All applicants for Child Protection roles are required to apply and pay for a Victorian Working with Children Check (WWCC) or produce a current WWCC card before receiving a job offer. A receipt of payment for application or an actual WWCC card is required as evidence.

For more information on the WWCC, please visit www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au call the confidential information line on 1300 652 879.


Still studying for a qualification?

You need to have completed your qualifications to apply for a position as a Child Protection Practitioner (CPP3).

If you haven't completed an approved recognised Diploma-level qualification, you may be required to seek eligibility for membership with the approved accrediting body (ACWA).