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Become A Child Protective Investigator

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Working As A Child Protective Investigator

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $42,350

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Child Protective Investigator does

  • Worked closely with law enforcement, attorneys, case managers, medical professionals and the Courts.
  • Conducted investigations of child neglect and sexual abuse according to Florida Code.
  • Investigated reports relative to alleged child abuse and/or neglect, taking appropriate action to insure child safety.
  • Position Held: Child Abuse Investigator Investigated allegations of child abuse/neglect as reported to the Florida Abuse Registry.
  • Accessed current and future risk.
  • Attend court proceedings and make recommendations verbally and written.
  • Testified in court to seek emergency protective services.
  • Assess for danger threats that affects children's safety.
  • Formulated an assessment of the emotional, social or mental health problems.
  • Provided 24 hour crisis intervention assistance.
  • Responded to allegations of abuse, neglect, abandonment and or special conditions.
  • Coordinate investigations with local law enforcement and the Courts.
  • Reported quickly to crisis situations relating to children due to abusive/neglectful circumstances by 100%.
  • Conducted Child Safety Assessments (CSA).
  • Received training to become a Child Protective Service Investigator.
  • *Worked closely with law enforcement agencies, schools, and community agencies.
  • Determined the level of intervention needed, engaged families in services either through voluntary services or court ordered dependency.
  • Determined if there was a risk of abuse and/or neglect in the future.
  • Attend staffings and court hearings.
  • Completed permanency reports for the judicial system, including testifying to case notes and observations of the family dynamics.

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How To Become A Child Protective Investigator

Although most social workers need a bachelor’s degree in social work, clinical social workers must have a master’s degree and 2 years of post-master’s experience in a supervised clinical setting. Clinical social workers must also be licensed in the state in which they practice.


A bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) is the most common requirement for entry-level positions. However, some employers may hire workers who have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as psychology or sociology.

A BSW prepares students for direct-service positions such as caseworker or mental health assistant. These programs teach students about diverse populations, human behavior, social welfare policy, and ethics in social work. All programs require students to complete supervised fieldwork or an internship.

Some positions require a master’s degree in social work (MSW), which generally takes 2 years to complete. Master’s degree programs in social work prepare students for work in their chosen specialty by developing clinical assessment and management skills. All programs require students to complete a supervised practicum or an internship.

A bachelor’s degree in social work is not required in order to enter a master’s degree program in social work. Although a degree in almost any major is acceptable, courses in psychology, sociology, economics, and political science are recommended. Some programs allow graduates with a bachelor’s degree in social work to earn their master’s degree in 1 year.

In 2015, there were more than 500 bachelor’s degree programs and more than 200 master’s degree programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Some universities offer doctoral programs in social work, where students can earn a Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) or a Ph.D. Most doctoral programs in social work require students to have a master’s in social work and experience in the field. Many doctor’s students go on to work as postsecondary teachers.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states have licensure or certification requirements for nonclinical social workers. Requirements vary by state.

All states require clinical social workers to be licensed. However, some states provide exemptions for clinical social workers who work in government agencies. Becoming a licensed clinical social worker requires a master’s degree in social work and a minimum of 2 years of supervised clinical experience after graduation. After completing their supervised experience, clinical social workers must pass a clinical exam to be licensed.

Because licensing requirements vary by state, those interested should contact their state board. For more information about regulatory licensure boards by state, contact the Association of Social Work Boards.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Clients talk to social workers about challenges in their lives. To effectively help, social workers must be able to listen to and understand their clients’ needs.

Empathy. Social workers often work with people who are in stressful and difficult situations. To develop strong relationships, they must have compassion and empathy for their clients.

Interpersonal skills. Being able to work with different groups of people is essential for social workers. They need strong people skills to foster healthy and productive relationships with their clients and colleagues.

Organizational skills. Social workers must help and manage multiple clients, often assisting with their paperwork or documenting their treatment.

Problem-solving skills. Social workers need to develop practical and innovative solutions to their clients’ problems.

Time-management skills. Social workers often have many clients and administrative responsibilities. They must effectively manage their time to provide adequate service to all of their clients.

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Child Protective Investigator Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Polish

  • German

  • Italian

  • Swedish

  • Chinese

  • Filipino

  • Czech

  • Albanian

  • Cherokee

  • Slovak

  • Armenian

  • Somali

  • Mandarin

  • Korean

  • Navajo

  • Hmong

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Top Skills for A Child Protective Investigator


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Top Child Protective Investigator Skills

  1. Child Safety Assessments
  2. Child Abuse/Neglect
  3. Law Enforcement Agencies
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conducted child safety assessments and document findings in the Florida Safe Families Network.
  • Conduct thorough investigations on complaints of child abuse/neglect.
  • Work joint investigations with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies for possible criminal prosecution of alleged child abusers.
  • Supervised child protective investigators in the field as a field trainer and wrote reports related to their certification requirements.
  • Worked closely with Tribal Representatives to improve the working relationship between Child Protective Services and the Tribes.

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