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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.

Mandatory qualifications

To be a child protection practitioner, you need one of the following:

Social work degree

  • 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.

To find out if your degree is recognised, visit the Australian Association of Social Workers.

Related welfare degree 

  • A Diploma of Community Services Work, or similar qualification that includes:
    • a primary focus on child development, human behaviour, family dynamics and/or impacts of trauma
    • Desirable: 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.

Or other suitable qualifications combined with relevant work experience.

  • a psychology degree (or major) accredited by the Australian Psychologist Accreditation Council
  • a qualification and relevant experience that meets Child Protection Qualifications Framework Assessment, official transcript must be included in application.

Role specific information

  • Case Practice Support Practitioners (CPP2) do not require social work or welfare qualifications. If you have been working in a similar field, your qualifications and experience might be relevant and transferable. 
  • Child Protection Practitioner (CPP3) you will be developing and building your practical experience and demonstrating your capabilities in the areas of critical assessment and reflection, engaging others, delivering results, and leading and inspiring. 
  • Advanced Child Protection Practitioners (CPP4) will have significant practical experience in the areas of critical assessment and reflection, engaging others, delivering results, and leading and inspiring. You will demonstrate these capabilities consistently in all settings and situations. 
  • Leading or Expert Practitioners (CPP5) will have a reputation as an expert in critical assessment and reflection, engaging others, delivering results, and leading and inspiring. You will model leadership and actively coach colleagues in the application, theory and practice relating to these capabilities. 

All applications must have copies of official academic transcripts attached.

For qualifications advice or additional information on all child protection practitioner roles, please email childprotectionjobs@dffh.vic.gov.au.

Still studying?

You need to have completed your qualifications to apply for a position as a Child Protection Practitioner (CPP3). If you don’t currently have the required qualifications, you may want to consider applying for a Child Protection Practice Support role (CPP2) role.

If currently completing your final year of study, please visit our student and employment programs page to find out more suitable opportunities.