Child Protection Investigator Trainee

at Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Clearwater, FL

Posted on Nov. 18, 2016

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Full Time

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**Job Location (Subject to Change)
Main office in Falkenburg Road area; however, assignments may span throughout Hillsborough County/Tampa.**

Job Overview
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.

Non-standard hours including nights, weekends, and holidays.

Job Duties and Responsibilities
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.

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 time frames.
• 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
Note: To be acquired during the training period.

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

Graduation from a Florida Department of Education (FDOE) or Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) accredited four-year degree granting college or university. Preferred areas of study include 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; and
Must live within Hillsborough County or the surrounding counties of Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, or Polk; and
A passing score on a written test.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS are listed on our website.

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