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Students and Employment Programs

Child Protection Employment Program (CPEP)

Applications for the 2025 Child Protection Employment Program are now open. Applications close Sunday 4 August 2024.

The Child Protection Employment Program (CPEP) is a paid employment program where you experience what it is like to work in child protection. 

Program participants work in a structured and supportive learning environment alongside experienced practitioners to experience the child protection role.

Upcoming events


Information session

Date: Tuesday, 9th July 2024, 12.30-1.30pm


  • Overview of the CPEP program,
  • Role of Child Protection,
  • Application Process,
  • Hear from a current CPEP employee on their experience.

Please note: this session will be recorded and posted on this website for those who cannot make it.

Register for the information session via Event Brite.


Live Facebook Chat session

Date: Thursday 25 July 2024, 2-3pm

This is a live session where the CPEP team will be available to answer your questions via the Messenger chat function. Log into the DFFH Child Protection Recruitment Facebook page Thursday 25 July 2024, 2-3pm to view the session.


About Child Protection

The work in child protection is varied. A typical day might involve:

  • supervising access visits between children and their families,
  • transporting children to services and visits,
  • supporting the provision of in-home support to families, and
  • documenting case notes under the direction of an experienced practitioner.


About the program

This is a 12-week full-time or 16-week part-time program.

There are two commencement dates for the 2025 program.

The week commencing 20 January, or the week commencing 3 March 2025.

CPEP/CPP2 Salary: You will be earning a salary equivalent of $59,141 plus superannuation (pro-rata) for the 12 or 16 weeks.

Upon completion of the program and obtaining qualifications, participants are eligible to progress into an entry-level qualified Child Protection Practitioner, at the CPP3 level.


Program Eligibility

To apply for the program, you will need:

  • to have already completed or currently studying a social work, welfare, community, or behavioural qualification/s (or similar),
  • to have graduated in 2024 or be graduating by January 2026,
  • to be available to work 3 to 5 days per week (7 hours, 36 minutes hours per day) for the duration of the program.
  • a valid, current Australian driver's licence,
  • to have (or be prepared to obtain) an employee Working with Children Check.

Opportunities are available across Victoria, in both metropolitan and regional offices. We have offices around the State. 
To check the full list of locations, visit Locations | Child Protection Jobs - DFFH

To learn more about the Child Protection Employment Program and hear from a Child Protection practitioner who has completed the program, please register for one of our dedicated information sessions by visiting Child Protection Employment Program (CPEP) - Child Protection Jobs website


Program Benefits

As an employee of the Victorian Government, you will have access to a broad range of benefits. These include access to professional development opportunities through training programs, peer support networks and health initiatives.

Working in child protection, you will have access to a dedicated and free wellbeing and support program. This program is specifically designed to support Child Protection Practitioner’s mental health and wellbeing.

Make the decision to pursue a fulfilling professional career and make a difference in vulnerable children's lives. 

Go Where You’re Needed – Do a Job that Matters.


How to apply

To apply, complete the application form. You must also attach a current resume and a cover letter (outlining why you are interested in the position) and complete certain safety screening and document requirements.

For any queries about the CPEP program, please email


The program was an incredibly valuable experience in understanding social work within a statutory framework. The opportunity to experience, learn and work in each phase helped me emerge as a new practitioner.

Christine - Advanced Child Protection Practitioner - West Division

The program gives graduates a complete and realistic understanding of the child protection practitioner role. I got to experience different roles and responsibilities and gained the skillset to successfully start my career as a Child Protection Practitioner.

Maanya - Child Protection Practitioner – East Division 

The program gave me a ringside seat to the stressful, emotional and sometimes difficult work that the amazing practitioners do. I consider the CPEP to be the ideal start to this career.

Peter - Child Protection Practitioner – West Division