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Child Protective Investigator

  • Job Code: W3522
  • Pay Grade:WN
  • Pay Scale:$21.87-$39.64 Hourly; $45,489.60-$82,451.20 Annually
  • Exempt:No

Overview

Investigate alleged child abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment in accordance with Chapter 39, Florida Statutes.

Duties & Responsibilities

Note: Depending on assigned responsibilities, employees may perform some or all of the duties below.

  • 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

  • Possession of a valid State of Florida Child Protection Professional Certification.
OR
  • Successful completion of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Child Protective Investigator Trainee program.
 
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