Child Protective Investigator Trainee
- Job Code: W3520
- Pay Grade:WL
- Pay Scale:$19.43-$35.12 Hourly; $40,414.40-$73,049.60 Annually
Learn to investigate 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 for Trainees: Trainees are expected to learn the following duties while in a trainee status.
- 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 within 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.
- Implement and inform clients of 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.
- 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.
Minimum Education & Experience
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education with preferred major 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.
Additionally, the following is required:
- Live within Hillsborough County or within Citrus, Hardee, Hernando, Lake, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, or Sumter County as long as the residence is located within the 60-mile parameter of Falkenburg Road Jail at the time of appointment/employment.
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.
Additional Job Requirements
- Attendance at the specified Sheriff's Office work location is required.
- 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 12 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 background investigation including criminal, reference, employment, and neighborhood checks; polygraph; medical evaluation; and drug screening.
General Benefit Information
Benefits include but are not limited to:
- Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
- Florida Retirement System and Deferred Compensation
- Paid time off including sick, vacation, and holiday time
- Employee Assistance Program
- Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
- Employee incentives for educational degrees and bilingual (Spanish) abilities
- Tuition reimbursement
- Paid training