Department for Child Protection

Remuneration: AHP2 ($86,950 – $100,729 p.a. + 11.5% Super) / PO2 ($86,950 – $96,223 p.a. + 11.5% Super)

Role Details

The Department for Child Protection is seeking two Senior Practitioners to join the Port Pirie office on a full-time ongoing basis.

The role is responsible for:

  • Enhancing Social Worker/ Case Management capacity and principles of social work practice by providing advice to DCP staff, mentoring and researching new techniques and methodologies.
  • Undertaking regular reviews of cases to ensure that effective plans are in place and appropriate case management is occurring.
  • Providing a specialist opinion or recommendation to support Youth Court processes and act as a witness in court proceedings in addition to assisting with the preparation of case conferences, assessments and reports.
  • Contributing to the implementation of continuous quality improvement and policy development initiatives.

About You

We are looking for a confident individual experienced in providing professional advice on social work/case management matters through coaching and mentoring of peers.

To be successful you will have the ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with people both within government, non-government sector and community.

You will have knowledge of social work legislative framework including acts, regulations and social work/case management theories and methodologies that guide social work practice principles.

You will also have the ability to analyse complex problems and resolve matters that demonstrate reflective practice.

If you have the knowledge and skills to provide support and practice expertise, then apply today.

About the Business

The Department for Child Protection (DCP) plays a key role in the protection of children, young people and their families within South Australia. The department provides support to vulnerable children and young people to be safe, strong and connected.

The Region

Port Pirie is a seaport on the east coast of the Spencer Gulf, 223 km north of Adelaide and has a population of just over 17,000 people. The Council area includes the city of Port Pirie, a historically significant city and busy commercial regional centre, as well as the rural towns of Crystal Brook, Redhill, Koolunga, Wandearah, Mundoora, Napperby and Warnertown.

The Port Pirie office employs approximately 30 people and is one of five offices in the northern region. As a member of this team, you will work with other professionals to deliver child protection services to children and families in the local community of Port Pirie and surrounding areas.

This is a unique opportunity to work alongside the local community and support good outcomes for that community. To find out more about working in the region, visit working with DCP in Port Pirie.

Special Conditions

Essential Qualifications: 

AHP: A degree level qualification in Social Work which gives eligibility for full membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers.

PO: Appropriate degree qualification in Community Services, Social Sciences, Human Services, Health or related field.

Persons of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, who have the appropriate background and skills but do not have the essential qualification, may apply for and be engaged/assigned to the role of Social Worker and will be entitled to apply for any Allied Health Professional roles requiring a qualification in Social Work within the Department for Child Protection (DCP).

To find out more about this role, including the key selection criteria and special conditions, please click on the ‘apply’ button.

Enquiries: Marc Congdon, Business Manager, Port Pirie on 08 8638 4390 or email: 

Our workplace reflects the diverse communities we serve. We encourage applications from all backgrounds, experiences, and abilities. This includes women, people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, the LGBQTI+ communities, and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

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