Fresh cohort of Child Protection Practitioners

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A new round of Child Protection Practitioners have graduated in Darwin, setting them up with skills to help keep children safe and supported.

The 16 new recruits undertook a three week face-to-face training program with a focus on child protection best practice.

They considered investigations and assessment, court and legal processes, trauma informed practice, working with children and disabilities, effectively navigating domestic and family violence, strengthening families and how to effectively manage cases of children in care.

The new graduates will be allocated roles across Darwin, Katherine, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek as outreach officers, child protection practitioners, Aboriginal community workers and case workers.

Territory Families, Housing and Communities Deputy Chief Executive, Families, Sasha Dennis said child protection practitioners were some of the most resourceful and passionate people and it was fantastic to welcome these new practitioners to the department.

“No matter the circumstances, they always rise to the occasion to prioritise our communities,” Ms Dennis said.

“It’s just one of the reasons we’re so appreciative of their unwavering commitment to keep kids, families and communities safe.

“Child protection practitioners work in early intervention to help prevent actions or situations that may cause harm to a child and they work closely with government, non-government and community agencies to ensure the best outcomes for children and their families.”

Child Protection Practitioners work in early intervention to help prevent actions or situations that may cause harm to a child. They work closely with government, non-government and community agencies to ensure the best outcomes for children and their families.

There are currently 181 child protection practitioners working across the NT. For more information about becoming a Child Protection Practitioner visit choosechildprotection.nt.gov.au

Recent Child Protection Practitioner graduate Thomas Cameron (left) pictured with Deputy Chief Executive Families Sasha Dennis.
Recent Child Protection Practitioner graduate Thomas Cameron (left) pictured with Deputy Chief Executive Families Sasha Dennis.

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