Child Protection OfficerJob Description:
Child protection officers promote children's wellbeing and protect them from harm or abuse.Job Category:
What you will do:
In your daily tasks you may:
- speak with children, families and carers to assess their needs
- investigate concerns and allegations
- promote children’s rights, safety and wellbeing
- write report, care plans and arrange support
- make referrals to partner agencies
- give evidence in court
- knowledge of psychology
- counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
As well as:
- sensitivity and understanding
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- to be flexible and open to change (adaptability skills)
- the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure (leadership skills)
- active listening skills
You can get into this job by working towards this role, volunteering or by applying directly.
You could do professional development training with your employer to move into child protection work.
For example, you may be a police officer and complete a course before moving to a child protection unit in your area.
Experience of working with vulnerable children is essential. You can get experience by volunteering.
You can apply directly for jobs if you’re a qualified professional.
Employers often look for social workers but other roles that involve child protection include:
- youth worker
- police officer
- family support worker
- probation officer
You’ll need several years of experience working with children, young people, their parents and carers. Management experience will also be helpful.
Working Hours and Environment:
A typical week consists of 37-40 hours of work. You could be required to work between 8am and 6pm on a rota.
You could work in an office or visit sites. Your working environment may be emotionally demanding and you may spend nights away from home.
Career Path & Progression:
With further training and experience, you could:
- become a lead officer of your organisation’s child protection team
- work for a safeguarding partnership
- become a children’s services inspector
- become a self-employed consultant who gives child protection advice and delivers training