Social workers at the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) form a part of the Witness Assistance Service (WAS). WAS is a prosecution-based service providing specialist support and information to victims of crime, witnesses, and families of deceased involved in serious criminal matters prosecuted by the OPP. WAS staff are part of the Victims Strategy and Services Directorate of the OPP Legal Practice.

Social workers provide a specialist service to support witnesses and victims through the criminal justice process and they show a strong interest in the concern and wellbeing of victims and witnesses, while ensuring that the integrity of the process is maintained.

Role and responsibilities

Social workers provide assistance, information and referrals to victims and witnesses. They also:

  • conduct conferences with witnesses and victims, solicitors and prosecutors
  • prepare victims and witnesses for the court process
  • provide specialist advice to a range of stakeholders, both internally and externally
  • assist in the development of training and education for internal staff and external stakeholders in relation to victims and witnesses involved in prosecution matters.

What we look for

In recruiting social workers the OPP is looking for:

  • a qualification in social work, psychology or a related discipline (essential)
  • commitment to OPP values
  • an understanding of the OPP – what we do, why we do it – and the broader criminal justice system
  • empathy
  • a commitment to their work
  • experience working with people affected by trauma
  • an understanding of the impacts of sexual assault.

See the Current opportunities section of this website for more details.