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Date: May 19, 2021

Location: LABELLE, FL, US, 33935

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Child Protective Investigator Salary: $39,600


Please note: Career Service and Other Personnel Service (OPS) positions are available in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, and Glades counties. Candidates must be willing to live within an hour's drive of their service center by the start day.


Interested parties need to complete the application using the on-line People First system.   Experience, education and/or training used to meet the minimum qualifications, and in response to the pre-qualifying questions, must be verifiable through information contained in your application.  In addition, all gaps in employment must be accounted for and explained.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  It is unacceptable to use the statement "See Resume" in place of putting work history on the application.




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.


If the typical 9-to-5 job is not for you, and you have a desire to help children and work with families in crisis, then consider a career as a Child Protective Investigator with the Florida Department of Children and Families. We are looking for people who are detailed-oriented, possess good decision-making skills, and are able to thrive in a high-pressure, fast-paced environment. When seconds count, your career decision may be the critical difference in the life of a child. Click on this link for more information.


We have excellent benefits including affordable health insurance plans & options, liberal sick leave and annual leave policy, and a tuition waiver program through state colleges and universities. We offer 9 holidays and 1 personal day, 2 Florida Retirement System (FRS) plans (Investment or Pension) and numerous pre-tax and post-tax benefit options. This is an open, competitive, Career Service opportunity. Regions may offer Other Personal Services (OPS) positions to applicants until a career service position is available.


Special note:

• Position may require on-call hours after normal work schedule to include weekends, overnight on-calls and holidays.

• Language proficiency may be considered in the selection process as determined by Agency needs at the time of selection.

• Some Agency positions may require successful completion of pre-interview assessment or work sample to be eligible for interview.

*This advertisement includes varying workweek schedules, to include Monday through Friday, Tuesday through Saturday, and Sunday through Thursday.

The alternate schedule candidates are told they can request to transition to Monday – Friday after they have worked the weekend schedule for at least one year.  We advise them that after they inform us of their desire to transition, they have to wait until we have a vacancy and allow us to hire and train the new alternate schedule person before making the move to a weekday schedule. Additionally, whenever we have a transition request, we send an email to the field to see if there is interest from one of our existing CPIs to cover weekends prior to posting an advertisement.


Minimum qualifications:

• A bachelor’s degree;

 o 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 is preferred. See qualifying questions for other acceptable degrees.

• Must obtain Child Welfare Certification from the Florida Certification Board within 12 months of hire. All Investigators must maintain certification as a condition of employment. Information regarding certification can be found at:

• Must possess a valid driver’s 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.


Duties and Responsibilities: This is professional work protecting children and working with families to conduct investigations of alleged abused, abandoned, neglected or exploited children.


Child Protective Investigator duties and responsibilities are as follows.

• 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;

• Conduct staffing’s 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 and 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;

• Schedules and gathers information for and participates in case staffing;

• Prepares appropriate reports/documentation in coordination 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 relationships 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.


It is the policy of the Florida Department of Children and Families that any applicant being considered for employment must successfully complete a State and National criminal history check as a condition of employment before beginning employment, and also be screened in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 435, F.S., and, if applicable, Chapter 408, F.S. No applicant may begin employment until the background investigation results are received, reviewed for any disqualifying offenses, and approved by the Agency. Background investigations shall include, but not be limited to, fingerprinting for State and Federal criminal records checks through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and may include local criminal history checks through local law enforcement agencies. Employees also are subject to background re-screening at least every five (5) years.

Nearest Major Market: Sarasota