Child Protection student placements

The Child Protection student placement policy has been revised and now includes tools and checklists to assist both the student and their supervisor. The policy focusses on the provision of a safe and supportive learning environment, where clear expectations are set, and learning opportunities are provided in line with the student’s capability and experience.

The department offers student placements within the Child Protection program that provide students the opportunity to gain broad knowledge of the child protection system while applying theory to practice. It also provides our supervisors with an opportunity to develop and practice their leadership skills, and assist to build the future workforce through supervising the students. The department and the educational institutions have a shared role in insuring the suitability of the placement, and responsibilities for the students while they are completing their placement.

Following a review of current Child Protection student placement practice, in consultation with the Senior Council of Vocational Education Providers, information on the manual has been updated. See Student placements in Child Protection located in Our workforce/supervision section.

Changes to student placement policy include students not:

  • undertake unsupervised tasks off site, that includes the transportation of clients and supervision of contact
  • supervise contact unaccompanied by a supervisor either off site or within the office environment
  • attend client visits unaccompanied
  • act as a substitute for a qualified practitioner as they are not qualified or able to carry Sec delegations
  • make telephone calls where a specific delegation is required.

Additional tools to support student placements include:

  • student placement checklist
  • student task lists

located in Tools and Checklists/Student placements.