Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
  • Child Protection

    ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN CHILD PROTECTION OPPORTUNITIES SHOULD PERIODICALLY CHECK THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY CIVIL SERVICE FOR VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS 

    Major Duties

    child-protection.jpgNote: 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.
    • Investigates alleged abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment of children to determine if abusive or unsafe conditions exist and takes appropriate action to ensure the safety of children.
    • Interviews 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.
    • Informs clients of available social service programs to assist them with their needs.
    • Conducts followup visits to ensure the safety of children is being maintained and support programs are inplace.
    • Testifies in court to accurately relate the circumstances of cases investigated.
    • Establishes and maintains case management files, to include computer databases, to provide accurate recording and availability of case information.
    • Performs 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, county and 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 composure during court testimony and cross examination.
    • Ability to work effectively with others.
    • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
    • Ability to work under stressful conditions.
    • Ability to handle confidential information.
    • Ability to work nights, week ends and holidays.
    • Ability to use a computer and related software.
    • Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.

    Minimum Qualifications 

    Note: Minimum Qualifications MUST be attained before the recruitment ending date.

    Graduation from an accredited four year degree granting college or university; and One year of experience investigating child abuse allegations; assessing client's needs and eligibility for social services, community services, legal or medical services; or counseling clients; and Possession of a valid State of Florida Child Protection Professional Certification; and Possession of a valid Driver License.

    OR

    An Associate's Degree from an accredited college or university; and Two years of experience investigating child abuse allegations; assessing client's needs and eligibility for social services, community services, legal or medical services; or counseling clients; and Possession of a valid State of Florida Child Protection Professional Certification; and Possession of a valid Driver License.

    OR

    Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate; and Four years of experience investigating child abuse allegations; assessing client's needs and eligibility for social services, community services, legal or medical services; or counseling clients; and Possession of a valid State of Florida Child Protection Professional Certification; and Possession of a valid Driver License.

    OR

    Successful completion of the Sheriff's Office Training Program; and Possession of a valid State of Florida Child Protection Professional Certification; and Possession of a valid Driver License.
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