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Child protection officer

What is it like to be a Child protection officer?

Child protection officers aim to protect and save minors from abusive and dangerous living situations. They’ll assess, investigate and manage these cases to make sure children are safe and away from danger. They use their analytical and quick problem solving skills in complex and demanding situations.

As a child protection officer, you’ll be making a real difference in the lives of children in need.

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Where exact job data has not been available, data from a related field has been used. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows median weekly cash earnings for a welfare support worker, before tax and not including superannuation. These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report.

Is it right for me? 

The work environment of a child protection officer is often demanding. You will need to be resilient in emotional situations and possess the following attributes:

  • Able to work under pressure and in demanding situations independently
  • Problem solving skills
  • Enjoy working with children and families
  • Able to relate to a diverse range of people
  • Communication skills

To become a Child protection officer

To be able to become a Child Protection Officer, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:

Which pathway is best for you is individual in nature. Contact a career counsellor to explore these options further.

Professional Accreditation

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) - Graduates are eligible to apply for probationary registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Those who complete the four-year Honours program are also eligible to go on to complete further studies at the Masters level with the aim of registration as a clinical psychologist.

Bachelor of Human Services (Child and Family Studies) - USQ is currently seeking accreditation with the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA). If you successfully complete 400 hours of professional placement you will be eligible for ACWA accreditation. If you don’t wish to undertake the three professional placement courses, or if you're studying overseas, you can complete three other approved courses.


Explore your career options!

Are you good at understanding people and situations? Do you enjoy helping others?