Child Protection Officer

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Child safety officers are responsible for assessing, investigating and managing cases of child abuse and neglect. The role involves working directly with vulnerable children who are at risk of harm or abuse, as well working with their families and carers, to introduce measures to improve family behaviour and protect children.


Working as a child safety officer is a challenging and rewarding job that offers a range of career opportunities such as policy and practice development, staff management, mentoring and training. Child Safety Officers must hold, as a minimum, a bachelor level qualification in an area such as social work, psychology, nursing, occupational therapy or education. Alternatively, if the degree does not fall within an appropriate field, completion of a postgraduate course in child protection will meet the requirements for employment.