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Become a Child Protective Specialists

Overview & Application


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There is no more important or challenging job than being a Child Protective Specialist. To ensure the safety of the children of New York City by conducting investigations is an incredibly rewarding experience. Here at Children’s Services, we believe that in order to keep children safe, we need to make sure we hire smart, capable and caring individuals.

To learn more about Child Protective Specialist job, please review the job description and qualifications (below) and make sure to view our videos and Frequently Asked Questions section.

Job Description

Child Protective Specialists respond directly to reports of child abuse and/or neglect.  Using investigatory and social work skills, they partner with families and community resources to ensure the safety and well-being of children throughout New York City.

Typical Duties

  • Complete field visits to investigate allegations of abuse and/or neglect.
  • Interview family members and a broad range of contacts to assess child safety.
  • Assess the risk of future abuse or neglect of children in the household.
  • Coordinate a team of family members, staff and service providers to evaluate safety and identify interventions that can reduce risks for children.
  • Remove child(ren) into protective custody or foster care, when appropriate.
  • Enter and maintain accurate and timely computerized records of all case information.
  • Help families navigate government agencies and access entitlement benefits.
  • File petitions and testify in family court and other legal proceedings.

Required Qualifications

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college, in specified discipline.
  • Twenty-four semester credits in any combination of the following fields: social work, psychology, sociology, human services, criminal justice, education (including early childhood), nursing or cultural anthropology.  At least 12 credits must be in one of these disciplines.
  • Candidates must demonstrate English language proficiency and basic typing skill.
  • All candidates must successfully complete a comprehensive drug screening.

Candidates who speak and/or write in the following languages are encouraged to apply: Spanish, Russian, Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Polish, Urdu, and African languages.

New York City residency is NOT required.

Your application may be considered for additional assignments for which you are qualified. Only applicants scheduled for interviews will be contacted. Submission of application is not a guarantee that you will receive an interview.

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