Child Protection Counsellor Northern Sydney Local Health District


The Child Protection Counselling Service (CPCS) team is a multidisciplinary team of social workers, psychologists and clinical psychologists who provide an integrated tertiary level counselling and case work response to children, young people and their families or carers who have experienced physical abuse or emotional abuse, neglect and domestic violence. CPCS work with children/young people and their parents/carers  to assist children and young people to recover from violence, abuse and neglect and support them to achieve, safety, security and stability.

Employment Type: Permanent Full Time
Position Classification: Dependent on Qualifications
Remuneration: Dependent on Qualifications
Hours Per Week: 38
Requisition ID: REQ423760

Salary per week:
Allied Health Professional Level 3: $2,014.10 – $2,081.54
Clinical Psychologist: $1,955.80 – $2,398.51
Senior Psychologist: $2,140.21 – $2,324.73

Who we are: We are a health service that touches thousands of lives across the Northern Sydney Local Health District, together as a team of like-minded people. We are passionate, driven and have the skills and knowledge to care for our patients whilst creating the best services possible. Our teams have meaningful, interesting and rewarding work everyday. We challenge and nurture each other, sharing our knowledge and experience so that we can deliver better care for everyone There’s a real sense of belonging here because we value and respect our patients, employees, and teams’ voices. You’ll feel a real privilege being a trusted caregiver in our patients, their families, their carers, and our communities’ lives.

Where you’ll be working
The position is currently based at Royal North Shore Community Health Centre and provides services across the Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD)

What you’ll be doing
The Northern Sydney Child Protection Counselling Service (CPCS) provides an integrated tertiary level response to people who have experienced or are affected by child protection.   The Child Protection Counsellor is responsible for the provision of specialist therapeutic and case management services to children, young people and their carers who have experienced physical abuse, emotional abuse, domestic violence or neglect. CPCS also provides professional consultation and training, systems advocacy, community engagement, education, and prevention work to professionals and communities.

People of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background encouraged to apply.


Candidates will need to meet the following criteria:

  1. Consistently demonstrates behaviours that reinforce the CORE Values of our organisation; Collaboration, Openness, Respect and Empowerment. Demonstrates these behaviours with all stakeholders; colleagues, direct reports, as well as our patients and consumers, and those that care for them.
  2. Full registration with AHPRA as a Psychologist who has completed 9 years of service as a minimum or with a minimum two-year full-time equivalent accredited post-graduate Masters, Doctorate, or PhD degree in Clinical Psychology or equivalent relevant to the role or tertiary qualifications in Social Work and eligibility for the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and post graduate experience at a minimum of level 2 or above.
  3. Demonstrated extensive understanding of the dynamics or complex trauma and effects of physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect and domestic violence and best practice models (provision of contemporary trauma informed practices) for working with children, young people and adults who have experienced abuse and/or trauma.
  4. Demonstrated high level ability to communicate clearly and succinctly both verbally and in writing, and proven ability to work effectively and collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team. Demonstrated competence in the use of electronic information systems.
  5. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in an interagency environment using strong advocacy, negotiation and problem solving skills to build networks with key stakeholders and plan, deliver and coordinate patient care.
  6. Demonstrated ability to prioritise work and manage stressful situations; independently problem-solve and apply advanced reasoning and professional and ethical boundaries when working with complex situations and as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  7. Demonstrated high level experience/knowledge of legislation, interagency guidelines and NSW Health policies in Child Protection including reporting responsibilities and health role in recognising and responding to child abuse and neglect.
  8. Ability to participate in the 24hr On Call Service, current unrestricted NSW Driver’s License and willingness to provide services at different locations within NSLHD.

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For role related queries or questions contact Juanita Tiernan on [email protected] or 0460 432 596

All NSW Health workers are required to have two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, as defined by NSW Health.  Employees working in a clinical area or are required to attend clinical areas are considered category A. Category A positions are required to provide evidence of having received three doses of COVID-19 vaccine in accordance with the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (TGA) and meet the requirements of the Occupational Assessment Screening and Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases Policy Directive.

Acceptable proof of vaccination is the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) Immunisation History Statement or AIR COVID-19 Digital Certificate. 

Applications Close: 30 August 2023



Northern Sydney Local Health District

Job Salary

Full time