Child protection worker

What they do

Child protection workers work in the areas of child protection, children in care and family support. They respond to concerns regarding the safety and wellbeing of children and help families strengthen their capacity to provide care and safety for children and other family members.  Child protection workers assess and investigate the care and management of children, also providing reports and recommendations when needed.

Entry levels positions – high demand to fill fixed term and permanent vacancies that arise across metropolitan and country locations. Advertised as an open pool to meet demands to fill vacancies.

Progression in this field is usually into senior child protection roles or team leader roles.

There are child protection support roles available in this field.

Specialisations include: Social worker, Whanau Support Worker (NZ)

Working conditions

Child protection workers’ work environment is usually a combination of office and out of office. They have regular contact with clients and community resources. Some flexibility in working hours may be required.  Positions are usually available in country and metropolitan locations.

Tools and technologies

Child protection workers use standard office equipment, including computers, faxes and photocopiers. They usually need a current ‘C or A’ class driver’s licence to visit clients.

How do I become one?

Education and training

To become a child protection worker, you usually need to study a degree in social work, psychology or a relevant human services area.

Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.

Required registration and licensing

To work as a child protection worker in Western Australia, you will need to obtain a Working with Children Check from the Department of Communities. You will also need to obtain a National Police Certificate.

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