Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Child Protection Investigator

US-FL-Tampa
Job ID
2014-1157

Salary Minimum

USD $45,489.60/Yr.

Salary Maximum

USD $74,728.37/Yr.

Overview

Perform duties investigating alleged child abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment in accordance with Chapter 39, Florida Statutes. Must possess a valid State of Florida Child Protection Professional Certification at the time of hire.

Schedule

Non-standard hours including nights, holidays and weekends

Probation

Twelve-month initial probationary period

Location (Subject to Change)

Main office in Falkenburg Road area; however, assignments may span throughout Hillsborough County.

Major Duties (Not Limited to the Following)

Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform some or all of the activities described 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 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, and 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.

Minimum Qualifications

Note: Applicants must meet the following requirement(s) to be considered minimally qualified for the job.

 

Possession of a valid State of Florida Child Protection Professional Certification; and

Must live within Hillsborough County or the surrounding counties of Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, or Polk; and

A passing score on pre-employment testing.

OR

Successful completion of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Child Protection Investigator Trainee program.

Additional Requirements

  • Depending on area of assignment, incumbents may be required to possess various licenses or certifications at time of hire or within the probationary period, or obtain them within a specified period of time after hire or appointment to the classification.
  • Possession of a valid Florida driver's license at time of employment. Driving history will be thoroughly reviewed and may be grounds for disqualification.
  • No illegal drug sale within lifetime.
  • No illegal drug use within the past 36 months.
  • No illegal drug use after 30 years of age.
  • No felony convictions within lifetime.
  • No misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, false statement, or domestic violence within lifetime.
  • Prior military personnel must not have a 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/neighborhood checks, medical evaluation, and drug screening.

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