Children in crisis need quick action from strong, compassionate individuals dedicated to ensuring their safety. This demanding and challenging career could be your opportunity to speak for those with no voice and fight to help ensure the safety of those who cannot protect themselves. We are looking for people who are detail-oriented, possess good decision-making skills, and are able to thrive in a high-pressure, fast paced environment.
- A bachelor’s degree (degree must be conferred at the time of application).
- Bachelor’s or master’s degree in social work or related field preferred. (When applying please attach required education, certification, or licensure).
- Must obtain provisional Child Welfare Certification from the Florida Certification Board within 12 months after obtaining provisional certification. All Investigators must maintain certification as a condition of employment. Information regarding certification can be found at: Florida Certification Board
- Valid Driver License; and,
- Must possess operational private vehicle for use in the performance of daily work activities. Selected applicants are required to provide proof of vehicle registration and documentation of the appropriate insurance coverage. The Department provides a Vehicle Insurance Allowance to assist with the cost of insurance coverage due to the use of private vehicle for work purposes.
- Ability to attend an 8 – 12-week mandatory training course. This training could be scheduled during day, weekend, and evening hours.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Understands and is able to articulate how family engagement is critical to achieving safety, permanency, and well-being.
- Understands and appreciates the different views, expertise, and experience of others; takes into account the perspectives of other individuals
- Understands the need to expand the child’s safety network beyond caregivers and to other adults who care about the child and can participate in day to day safety of the child.
- Is able to identify one’s own biases and is willing to challenge one’s own thinking.
- Regularly seeks information from a variety of sources to make and revise assessments.
- Considers ways to ensure personal safety in addition to safety of children and families during interviews and other meetings
- Understands and is able to articulate what an intervention is, and the variety of interventions CPS might use under which circumstances.
- Understands and is able to articulate personal responsibility for outcomes in a case.
- Understands and is able to identify power and control.
- Distinguishes domestic violence from other types of violence
- Is able to identify and refer both victims and perpetrators of domestic violence to appropriate services.
- Can articulate symptoms of broad mental health diagnostic categories.
- Is able to make appropriate referrals for crisis intervention, psychological and psychiatric evaluations.
- Distinguishes between substance use, abuse, and chemical dependency.
- Can articulate physical and behavioral warning signs of substance use and abuse.
- Administers and/or makes referrals for drug testing as appropriate.
- Makes referrals to community and contracted services available to treat substance abuse.
Demonstrates a basic understanding of the following:
- Federal and state law, regulations, and rules for the operation of child protection programs.
- The statutory responsibility for reporting suspected abuse and neglect.
- Roles and responsibilities of participants in the global child welfare system, including children, families, child protection, various courts, and other child/family serving agencies.
- Legal definitions and concepts, including ethics, and is able to apply them within the law to casework and judicial process.
Establishes Effective Relationships with Colleagues
Follows policy and procedures
- Understands the policy requirements of ethical practice and the ramifications to staff and clients when this does not occur.
- Records observations accurately as part of case documentation, using specific quotes and precise behavioral descriptions of the danger and its impact on the child.
- Prepares clear, accurate, and appropriate written communications or documents.
- Prepares court documents such as petitions, affidavits, and court reports.
- Position may require on-call hours after normal work schedule to include weekends, overnight on-calls and holidays.
- This position has been designated as an essential position. Incumbents are expected to work during emergency situations or natural disasters and may be required to work before, during and beyond normal work hours/days.