Child Safety Officer

Child Safety Officer

Child Protection- Allied Health Professional Fact Sheet

What is child protection work?

People working in child protection work closely with children, young people, families and communities, as well as other government and non-government agencies to protect children and young people from abuse and harm and to support families and individuals at risk. They frequently work with people in crisis, and those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable. Child Safety Officers are often faced with complex issues such as drug and alcohol misuse, mental health issues and domestic violence.

Child protection practitioners have a statutory role. Their jobs are often busy and demanding but can also be fulfilling. Their work is important and valued by the community. Careers mainly encompass Child Safety Officers and Support Workers who are usually part of a diverse multi–disciplinary team of practitioners, supported by a Team Leader and other senior experienced staff. They provide assessment, advice and referral services, case management services and placements outside the child/young person’s home. They also work collaboratively with professional staff from operational areas within the Department of Communities Tasmania, the Department of Education, Tasmania Police, and a range of non-government organisations.

Child Safety Officers strengthen the capacity of families to provide care and safety to their children in ways which build resilience, stronger family units and ultimately increase social well being. They engage with children and families to promote safety, stability and development of the child. The goal is to ensure services are delivered in the best interest of the child/young person and their family. Services are strength and evidence based, family focused and child centred service. Child Safety Officers must understand that families are complex, all different and have their own unique histories. They must have a good understanding of how to assess risk and how to put interventions in place to ensure a child is safe.

Careers in child protection provide job satisfaction, they are challenging but rewarding roles. Roles provide regular contact with clients and the community and a good combination of office based and out of office work. Child Safety Officers work in a range of settings and work with people who share a common goal to achieve positive results for children and families.

How do these professionals work in the Department of Communities Tasmania?

Children and Youth Services comprises integrated programs that support all children, young people and their families in Tasmania. People working in child protection are part of the broader Children and Youth Services multi-disciplinary team. Roles are available statewide.

What are the qualifications and regulations required to practice?

A range of qualifications will be considered for Child Safety Officers.

To be a Child Safety Officer you will hold a recognised Bachelor of Social Work degree or a diploma of Community Welfare Work or other equivalent qualifications which include case management/case work practice such as Psychology or Teaching.

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

A current drivers license is required.

Think about it

If you are the right person, working in child protection can provide a sustaining career with opportunities for growth and development. We do however ask people considering a career in child protection 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 impact in these roles.

Visit us at www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/cyscareers

Useful links

Make a career move and enquire now

Visit the Communities Tasmania website or call 1300 795 311