RMIT social work students met with government representatives as part of a new campaign to recruit more than 110 child protection workers for Victoria.
Minister for Families and Children and Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos addressed RMIT social work and human services students at an event hosted by the university to discuss the State Government’s recent pledge of $283 million for programs and services targeting families and children in need of assistance and support, and what that means to students.
“We’re boosting the number of child protection workers and early intervention services for vulnerable families, because every child deserves the best start in life,” Mikakos said.
“Our first Budget provides the biggest boost to child protection in a decade. It means more workers, more assistance and more support for carers and children.”
Minister Mikakos was joined by Tracey Beaton, Victoria’s Chief Practitioner for Human Services and Professor Charlotte Williams, Deputy Dean of Social Work. Students were encouraged to consider a career in the Department of Health and Human Services’ child protection workforce.
Williams said Social Work at RMIT was delighted to host the Minister and welcomed the State Government’s campaign.
“Child protection referrals in Victoria have risen exponentially and some 13 per cent of families in need of support where there are safeguarding issues do not have an allocated social worker,” Williams said.
“This initiative to recruit a further 111 child protection social workers is critical and most welcome in the context of the wider investment the state is making in preventative services”
The recruitment campaign, Rewrite Tomorrow, One Child at a Time, focuses on employing and supporting new graduates as well as those with senior level skills and experience.
Those with experience working in mental health, education, allied health and the broader community sector may also apply.