Supporting the health and wellbeing of Child Protection Practitioners
The Child Protection Health Program Victoria was established in July 2018 as a service specifically for
Child Protection Practitioners.
It is not uncommon for Child Protection Practitioners to experience sensitive health issues associated with their:
• Mental health, including psychological distress, anxiety or lowered mood; or
• Substance use, including the use of alcohol and/or other drugs in a way which is detrimental to their health and wellbeing.
Program benefits for the Child Protection Practitioner
The service provides every Victorian Child Protection Practitioner access to free confidential advice and referral to an independent, accredited health provider. It does not require you to identify your concerns to your employer.
As a Child Protection Practitioner you can call about any issue which is negatively affecting your health. It may or may not be related to your work as a Child Protection Practitioner.
Our telephone operators are qualified and experienced health practitioners who have experience in, and understanding of, the Child Protection work environment which provides you with understanding and empathy.
The Child Protection Health Program Victoria gives Child Protection Practitioners up to
6 (six) funded, face-to-face counselling sessions each year. This is in addition to the 4 (four) EAP sessions already available.
The service will not
have a financial impact
It is a proven way to develop positive coping strategies in the face of work challenges
It is common practice and beneficial to reach out for help when in need of support
You will not be stigmatised or judged
for seeking help
You are not alone with the challenges you experience
The Child Protection Health Program is available to make visits to Child Protection work settings to discuss work challenges and present information about the program to staff meetings, in-service and other appropriate forums.
While the program is not a crisis response service it will direct callers in crisis to relevant services.