Child Safety Work

Child Safety Work

Cycling at SwanseaWorking in Child Safety in Tasmania

Tasmania is positioned to become a leader in child safety as the Child Safety Service is building a better system, one that recognises the link between the risk and harm experienced by children and the vulnerability and disadvantage faced by their family.

Child Safety Service uses a conversational approach that builds collaboration between the person with the concern, including the parent, and exploration of the range of possible solutions to that concern.

The role of the Child Safety Officer is to work with parents and families within a legal and practice framework that recognises that the family and child must be at the centre of our practice for children to have the best possible outcomes in life.

We know our jobs can be demanding and you will need resilience, emotional intelligence, a strong ethical decision-making framework, the ability to critically reflect and be interested in dealing with complex caseloads.

Our work is varied

Our Agency is part of the support network in the community for children and families. Our dedicated people work in a variety of teams at the frontline often dealing with demanding situations. We have strong principles and frameworks in place to support our care and protection practice.

We offer an extensive range of employment opportunities across Tasmania and are moving to a strength and evidence based, family-focused and child-centered service.

Our people are committed, our service is dynamic, and our client base is diverse.  Your work will be varied, not one day will be the same.

You will work within a multi-disciplinary team providing clinical and case management services to fit the needs of families where there are often complex issues such as neglect, domestic violence, abuse, substance misuse or mental health problems. As you would imagine this work and the situations you face can be confronting and difficult, but it can also be very rewarding when you see the children and families you work closely with benefiting and growing with your support.

Think about a job with us

We have job opportunities for graduates, experienced practitioners, leaders and support workers and while we know these jobs are challenging they can also be very rewarding.

We do ask people considering a career in child safety to think about what motivates them to apply for these roles, to consider their personal traits, experience, motivations, self-image and values and how they might manage facing difficult situations on a regular basis. Some life experiences and motivations do not provide a strong background for child safety work which can be confrontational and upsetting.

We appreciate that this work can be very tough at times but also know it is important and valuable work.  You are encouraged to contact us to talk about our requirements and to make sure we’re the right fit for you.

Why you should join our team

Some of the many benefits of working with us

  • Great potential for career advancement
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Being part of a dynamic change agenda to enhance service delivery
  • Excellent professional development, learning and mentoring opportunities
  • Superb locations with varied lifestyle and recreation options
  • Job satisfaction with challenging but rewarding roles
  • Regular contact with clients and the community
  • Opportunities to work in and out of the office
  • Extending yourself with diverse and challenging caseloads
  • The benefit of working within a supportive, committed inter-disciplinary team environment
  • Potential for support of conference attendance
  • Professional development opportunities through internal training and through the University of Tasmania

What we are looking for

If you have a high level of communication skills and your practice framework or approach recognises the links between social and economic disadvantage and the difficulties and strengths experienced by children and families, then we would love to hear from you.

Your social work, psychology or welfare qualifications will be welcomed by our hard-working team who share a common goal to minimize harm to children and preserve the family wherever possible. Child safety work is becoming increasingly complex, so we require people who are able to practice in a dynamic and testing environment.

You will need to apply sound professional judgement to ensure that services are delivered in the best interest of the child/young person and their family.   Family situations can be complicated, and we need people who have a good understanding of how to conduct assessments and how to put interventions in place to ensure the safety of the child.  Understanding family dynamics and that small changes can have big impacts is necessary.

You will be capable of assessing risks and development delays, have a range of decision-making options to draw on and the capacity to see beyond the superficial presentation.

You will require self-awareness and self- management skills, dedication, persistence, perspective, honesty and authenticity, flexibility and the ability to engage and empower. You will also build and manage strong working relationships with a diverse clientele, stakeholders and colleagues. Your strong team skills will support your contribution to maintaining a supportive and respectful workplace.

Qualifications and essential requirements

For Child Safety Officers we require a Bachelor of Social Work or a diploma of Community Welfare Work or other equivalent qualifications which include components of case management/case work practice such as Psychology or Teaching. We do consider a range of other degrees so contact us to find out more about how your skills might apply in our work environment.

For Support Workers a VET qualification from the Community and Health Sector training area is desirable but not essential.

All workers require successful completion of a pre-employment conviction check and Tasmanian registration for working with vulnerable people .