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Child Protective Investigator

Location : Ocala
Job Type : Regular
Reference Code : 10891793
Hours : Full Time
Required Education : Bachelor's Degree
Travel : No
Relocation : No

Job Description :
Professional work protecting children and working with families to conduct investigations of alleged abused, abandoned, neglected or exploited children

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conducts investigations regarding allegations of abuse, neglect, abandonment and/or special conditions for children.

  • Works closely with law enforcement

  • Collects information through observation and interviews with the children, parents, relatives, neighbors, and other parties associated with the case, as well as analysis of criminal, past service history and other records.

  • Engages families to understand the family's perspectives about family dynamics, challenges and solutions, identifies needs and determines the level of intervention needed to include voluntary services or court ordered dependency services.

  • Assesses danger threats, child vulnerabilities and caregiver protective capacities in order to determine whether a child is safe or not safe.

  • Develops with family and other persons as necessary any required present and/or impending danger plans based on analysis of danger threats in operation.

  • Manages and modifies safety plans as necessary during the course of the investigation.

  • Arranges emergency placement for any child that cannot safely remain in the home.

  • Notifies state attorney, law enforcement, child protection team and other required individuals as appropriate.

  • Provides written present and impending danger assessments.

  • Completes Risk Assessment on families investigated and explains risk score to family.

  • Conducts any staffings required for families with risk scores that are High and Very High Risk.

  • Presents safety plan and impending danger assessment at case management case transfer staffing ad participates in discussion as to recommended follow-up actions.

  • Provides families with services linkages to agency and community resources based on needs assessment and provides recommendations for development of case plan to Case Manager.

  • Conducts initial/ ongoing child present and impending danger assessments,.

  • Develops with the family a signed Present Danger Plan and a signed safety plan for any identified threats and interventions. Notifies state attorney, law enforcement,child protection team and other required individuals as appropriate.

  • Schedules and gathers information for and participates in case staffings.

  • Prepares appropriate reports/ documentation in cordination with Children's Legal Services and provides testimony in court.

  • Maintains thorough documentation in the client records/ appropriate information system(s) and maintains organized client files.

  • Reports indication of abuse, neglect and/or abandonment to the Florida Abuse Hotline.

  • Establishes and maintains cooperative and professional working relationshipes with organizations and other agencies involved with child protective investigations such as community based providers, Children's Legal Services, law enforcement, medical personnel, schools, and other community/ agency resources.

  • Ensures effective communication with deaf or hard-of hearing customers or companions in accordance with the ADA and/or Section 504 and shall manage service records and report this data and any resources and/or training needs to their designated program point of contact.

Required Qualifications :

  • Bachelor's Degree. Preferred Bachelor's or Master's degree in social work from a college or university social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

  • Must obtain Florida Child Protective Investigator certification within 12 months of hire.

  • Ability to work independently.

  • Must be detailed oriented.

  • Must have a valid driver's license for required travel.

  • Employer conducts Drug screening, Reference and Background checks.

Position is full time


Annual Salary ranges from $35,640 to $39,600.00, DOE


Skills :
Active Listening Case Management Crisis Management Microsoft Office Microsoft Word Prepare legal documents Social Services Written and Oral Communication
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