Child Protection Employment Program (CPEP)

Job posted: 21/06/2024
Applications close: 04/08/2024 (Midnight)
17 days remaining

17 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Various

Job type: Temporary / 12 or 16 weeks

Organisation: Department of Families, Fairness and Housing

Salary: $59,141 - $72,985

Occupation: Community Services

Reference: VG/DFFH/CPEP2025

Reference: VG/DFFH/CPEP2025

Occupation: Community Services

Salary Range: $59,141 - $72,985

Work location: Various

The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) works hard to create equal opportunities for all Victorians to live a safe, respected and valued life.

Our areas of focus are child protection, housing, disability, the prevention of family violence, multicultural affairs, LGBTQI+ equality, veterans, women and youth. The work we do benefits thousands of Victorians, particularly those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable.

We work in a variety of community-based settings, including people's homes, residential facilities and secure settings across metropolitan, rural and regional Victoria.

We are committed to developing and supporting a workforce that is well equipped and highly motivated. All jobs can be worked flexibly, and we encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from diverse backgrounds and abilities. .

If you’re having any trouble viewing this ad and would like it or any attachments in an accessible format (such as large print), please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on the ad.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit Department of Families, Fairness and Housing Victoria | Jobs (www.dffh.vic.gov.au/jobs)

Child Protection Employment Program (CPEP) 2025

Being a Child Protection Practitioner means making real change to the lives of others – keeping children safe and families strong.   Child protection is a career that grows with you, offering a range of professional pathways and leadership development opportunities. If you are passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of children, then a career in child protection is for you.   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.

As a Child Protection Practitioner, you will:

  • Positively impact communities.
  • Keep children and young people safe.
  • Strengthen families.
  • Ensure children thrive.

The Child Protection Employment Program

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.

  • 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 (7.36 hours per day) for the duration of the program.
  • a valid, current Australian driver's licence,
  • Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa
  • 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

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  

You must attach a current resume and a cover letter (outlining why you are interested in the position), include your academic transcript and complete certain safety screening and document requirements. Applicants are encouraged to apply online. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

  • Applicants are required to include a copy of their academic transcript (or unofficial transcript if still completing their qualification) as part of their application.
  • Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process.  
  • If you are a current visa holder, please ensure you attach a PDF copy of your passport and Visa grant, to your application as the department will complete a VEVO check
  • Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including a national police check and misconduct screening.

All VPS employees (and ex-VPS employees with extended access to the Jobs and Skills Exchange website) MUST apply via the Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) <https://jse.vic.gov.au/user/login?destination=/new-home-page> portal.

The department strongly recommends (but does not mandate) that employees maintain their COVID-19 vaccination status in accordance with current ATAGI (Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation) advice, given their individual circumstances. As of June 2023, DFFH does not require evidence of COVID-19 vaccination status.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit Department of Families, Fairness and Housing Victoria | Jobs (www.dffh.vic.gov.au/jobs)


Child Protection Employment Program (CPEP)

Job type:

Temporary / 12 or 16 weeks

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Child Protection Employment Program (CPEP)