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Child Protective Specialist

Social Services with NYC Administration for Children's Services (ACS)

Employment Type and Schedule Full-time

Salary $50,757 - $50,757 per year

Work Location Queens

Last Updated Last updated on Mar 14, 2023

Description Description

Take and pass Exam #9301 for the Child Protective Specialist Civil Service Title in order to be on the eligible list for this position. Proof that you have filed for this examination is required. Find upcoming exams and sign up to be notified.

The Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) protects and promotes the safety and well-being of New York City’s children and families by providing child welfare, juvenile justice, and early care services. In child welfare, ACS contracts with private nonprofit organizations to support and stabilize families at risk of a crisis through preventive services and provides foster care services for children not able to safely remain at home.

Each year, the agency’s Division of Child Protection responds to more than 50,000 reports of suspected child abuse or neglect. In juvenile justice, ACS manages and funds services including detention and placement, intensive community-based alternatives for youth, and support services for families.

ACS is also a key part of NYCs early childhood and education continuum, providing childcare assistance to thousands of child welfare involved and low-income children so they can access safe, affordable, quality care.

The Division of Child Protection is seeking qualified candidates to serve as Child Protective Specialists within each borough office. In each Borough office (Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, and Queens), DCP Protective/ Diagnostic Units are comprised of five CPS and one CPSS II (and sometimes one CPSS I).

These staff investigate reports of alleged child abuse and neglect. The PD child protective team is the largest within DCP, and the largest in each of the Borough offices. Child protective staff are responsible for investigating every allegation that is reported, and also for conducting a comprehensive assessment of the immediate safety and risk of future harm to each child in the family. Based upon the case circumstances, child protective staff may act immediately to protect the child(ren).

Under supervision of the Unit Supervisor and Child Protective Manager, with moderate latitude for the exercise of independent action and decision making, the Child Protective Specialist:

  • Utilize social work and investigative skills to work with families being investigated for abuse or neglect to children.
  • Initiate investigations/safety interventions in response to allegations of abuse and / or neglect.
  • Meet families in their home within 48 hours of receiving a report or within 24 hours when immediate danger is suspected.
  • Interview and assess all children for safety.
  • Interview parents/caretaker, alleged subjects, household members and collateral contacts.
  • Make a Safety Assessment of children in their family immediately when required or within 7 days.
  • Participate in Family Meetings or Conferences with the family or other support systems.
  • Provide a determination of abuse or neglect based on the investigation within 60 days of the report.
  • For indicated cases with ongoing service needs, assess on an ongoing basis the risk of future abuse or maltreatment of the children, arrange for services and work with the family to address the reasons for risk to the child.
  • Work with ACS legal staff to file petitions with Family Court when required for supervisory oversight of the family or for removal of children.
  • Work collaboratively with contract agencies to provide Preventive or Foster Care when appropriate.
  • Enter and maintain computerized records of case information.

Requirements Requirements

A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, accredited by regional, national, professional, or specialized agencies recognized as accrediting bodies by the U.S. Secretary of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) including or supplemented by 24 semester credits in one or a combination of the following fields:

  • social work
  • psychology
  • sociology
  • human services
  • criminal justice
  • education (including early childhood)
  • nursing
  • cultural anthropology

At least 12 of which must have been in one of these disciplines.

Section 424-a of the New York State Social Services Law requires an authorized agency to inquire whether a candidate for employment with child-care responsibilities is or has been the subject of an indicated child abuse and maltreatment report on file with the Statewide Central Register for child abuse
and maltreatment. Statewide Central Register screening will be conducted prior to considering a candidate for employment as a Child Protective Specialist. Candidates who have been the subject of an indicated child abuse and maltreatment report may be disqualified from appointment to this position.

Requirements for Assignment Level II

  1. Upon satisfactory completion of six months of training and experience at Assignment Level I, an employee shall be assigned to Assignment Level II.
  2. Upon completion of one year of satisfactory experience at Assignment Level II of Child Protective Specialist and satisfactory completion of the probationary period an employee shall receive no less than the minimum salary after 18 months in title.
  3. To be appointed directly to Assignment Level II, a candidate must have, in addition to meeting the minimum qualification requirements set forth above, one year of satisfactory child protective casework experience.