The Department of Communities brings together the services and functions of disability services, child protection and family support, housing, youth justice, community initiatives and regional services reform.
The Christmas Island Opportunity
The Department currently has a Service Delivery Arrangement (SDA) with the Commonwealth Government for the provision of services to the population of the Indian Ocean Territories (IOT) (Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands) and is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced Senior Child Protection Worker to respond to concerns of child safety and develop community and family support services to this community.
This is an initial appointment of twelve (12) months with an option to extend a further twelve (12) months, however we are seeking an officer who could make a commitment for a two-year period.
This Senior Child Protection Worker position is located on Christmas Island, and is required to travel to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands every four to six weeks to deliver services.
The position is embedded in the WA Department of Communities Statewide Referral and Response Service and will receive professional support through this service.
This position is best suited to a suitably qualified and experienced practitioner who can demonstrate a commitment to delivering a high standard of professional work in a rural/remote location.
Please see flyer attached for information on Christmas Island.
The Senior Child Protection Worker works in the areas of child protection, children in care and family support and is responsible for:
- Responding to concerns regarding the safety and wellbeing of children and applying the provisions of the Children and Community Services Act 2004.
- Taking legal action to promote the safety and wellbeing of children where necessary.
- Undertaking case work activities of a complex nature.
- Providing services to children placed in the care of the CEO.
- Providing advice and expertise to District staff on the child safety and protection issues.
- Assisting and planning with District staff and others to develop community and family capacity to provide a safe environment for children and other vulnerable people.
- Developing and maintaining a high degree of knowledge and skills in providing services and supports to families and communities to enhance the safety and wellbeing of children and other vulnerable members of the community.
- Investigating serious concerns about the welfare and safety of children and taking action appropriate to the situation.
The attached Job Description Form (JDF) provides more information about the position. For further information we encourage you to contact Caroline Richardson, A/Assistant District Director on (08) 9223 1125.
Suitable applicants will be placed in a pool from which appointments will be made for this or similar future vacancies (fixed term) that arise within the next 12 months across the Department of Communities.
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You cannot be considered for this position unless you have a completed university degree in:
- Bachelor of Social Work;
- Bachelor of Psychology; or
- relevant Human Services area.
NOTE: If you have a relevant Human Services qualification you will need to supply unit descriptions/summaries for assessment against the Qualifications Framework.
All overseas qualifications must be assessed for Australian equivalency. Each qualification must be assessed individually, and the assessment must confirm the equivalent Australian qualification level (i.e. equivalent to a Bachelors or Masters degree). This assessment can be conducted by Overseas Qualification Unit, AEI-NOOSR or AASW, and the outcome evidence must be provided at the time of applying.
To find out more information on the qualifications required for this role, visit our website.
Join the Department of Communities
Apply online by clicking the ‘Apply for Job’ button (above and below) and provide the following documents in Word or PDF format only:
- A cover letter outlining motivation/interest in work in this remote role.
- A current resume/CV
- A two (2) page written application addressing 1,2,3 and 4 essential selection criteria/role related requirements criteria as stated on the JDF
- A copy of your degree certificate and academic transcript (plus unit descriptors and/or overseas qualification assessment if applicable)
- An application form (for hard copy applications only)
Applicants who are short listed will be assessed on all the selection criteria/role related requirements during the selection process.
For technical difficulties while applying online or general recruitment enquiries please contact Sandra Fitzpatrick, HR Consultant on 0466 954 641.
Equality and Diversity
The Department of Communities embraces diversity and firmly believes that the best services come from a workplace, where varied viewpoints are welcomed and encouraged every day. We are committed to creating an equitable and diverse workforce, where we encourage applications from people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally diverse backgrounds women and youth.
Lodgement is system generated, any submissions on or after 4:00pm will not be accepted.
LATE OR EMAIL APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED
- Application Form
- Information for Applicants.docx
- information flyer - christmas island (iot).pdf
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