Perform trainee duties investigating alleged child abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment in accordance with Chapter 39, Florida Statutes. Trainees must obtain their Child Welfare Protective Investigator Certification from the Florida Certification Board within one year of hire.
Duties & Responsibilities
Note: Depending on assigned responsibilities, employees may perform some or all of the duties below.
Note: Incumbents function in a trainee status under the supervision of a Child Protection Investigator to attain proficiency in the below listed duties and become eligible for promotion to a Child Protection Investigator in the Sheriff’s Office.
- Investigate alleged abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment of children to determine if abusive or unsafe conditions exist and take appropriate action to ensure the safety of children in accordance with state mandated timeframes.
- Interview children and adults concerning allegations of abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment to ascertain the validity of allegations, document living conditions, and determine the need to remove children from an unsafe environment.
- Inform clients of and implement available social service programs to assist them with their needs.
- Conduct follow up visits to ensure the safety of children is being maintained and support programs are in place.
- Testify in court to accurately relate the circumstances of cases investigated.
- Establish and manage case files to include accurate and timely documentation of investigative activities in the statewide child welfare information system.
- Perform other related duties as required.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Considerable knowledge of the theories and practices used in child protection and family support.
- Working knowledge of federal, state, and local laws governing child protection.
- Working knowledge of professional ethics related to child protection investigations.
- Working knowledge of federal, state, and county community social service programs available for child protection and family support.
- Working knowledge of investigative techniques.
- Working knowledge of court procedures related to child protection proceedings.
- Working knowledge of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office standard operating procedures (SOPs).
- Ability to collect, organize, and evaluate information and develop logical conclusions.
- Ability to interview children and adults to determine the validity of allegations.
- Ability to apply crisis intervention techniques.
- Ability to maintain professional demeanor during court testimony and cross examination.
- Ability to work effectively with others.
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- Ability to manage time effectively.
- Ability to work under stressful conditions.
- Ability to handle confidential information.
- Ability to work nights, weekends, and holidays.
- Ability to use a computer and related software.
- Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
Required Minimum Education & Experience
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited* institution of higher education.
*Accreditation must be from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) accredited and/or the US Department of Education (USDE).
Required Pre-Employment Testing
- A passing score on pre-employment testing.
- 30 net words per minute on a typing test; or 100 gross keystrokes per minute with 90% accuracy on a data entry test.
Preferred Education & Experience
- Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Sciences, Community Development, Criminal Justice/Criminology, Education, Health Science, Human Development, Human Sciences, Human Services, Law, Political Science, Public Administration, Psychology, Social Policy, Sociology, and Social Work.
Additional Job Requirements
- Depending on assignment, employees may be required to possess a valid Florida Driver License at time of employment. Driving history will be thoroughly reviewed and may be grounds for disqualification.
- No visible tattoos on face. Tattoos on hands, neck, or arms must be covered with white, black, or neutral colored covering.
- No illegal drug sale within lifetime.
- No illegal drug use within the past 36 months. No marijuana use within the last 24 months.
- No felony convictions within lifetime.
- No misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, false statement, or domestic violence within lifetime.
- No dishonorable discharge from any branch of the United States Armed Forces, the United States Coast Guard, National Guard, or Reserve Forces.
- Successful completion of a criminal background investigation including polygraph; reference, employment, and neighborhood checks; medical evaluation; and drug screening.