Child Protective Investigator Trainee


Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Req #: 1390
Type: Regular Full-Time

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office


Learn to investigate 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.


Note: Depending on assigned responsibilities, employees may perform some or all of the duties below.

Note for Trainees: Trainees are expected to learn the following duties while in a trainee status.

* 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 within state mandated timeframes.
* 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.
* Implement and inform clients of 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.


* A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education with preferred major in 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.

Additionally, the following is required:

* Live within Hillsborough County or within Citrus, Hardee, Hernando, Lake, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, or Sumter County as long as the residence is located within the 60-mile parameter of Falkenburg Road Jail at the time of appointment/employment.
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