CHILD PROTECTION INVESTIGATOR Job at State of Illinois, Canton, IL

  • State of Illinois
  • Canton, IL

Job Description

 Agency : Department of Children and Family Services 

Child Protection Specialist - Canton
Closing Date/Time:  
Salary:  Anticipated Starting Salary (Effective 7/1/24) Step 1 $6,291 a month; Full Range $6,005 - $8,678
Job Type: Salaried 
County:  Fulton
Number of Vacancies: 1
Plan/BU: RC062

REQ #: 39083


This position is a union position; therefore, provisions of the relevant collective bargaining agreement/labor contract apply to the filling of this position.


All applicants who want to be considered for this position MUST apply electronically through the website. State of Illinois employees should click the link near the top left to apply through the SuccessFactors employee career portal.

Applications submitted via email or any paper manner (mail, fax, hand delivery) will not be considered.


Posting Identification Number 39083  

Position Overview

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is seeking an organized, professional, and results oriented individual to serve as Child Protection Investigator. Under direction, this position will receive and investigate reports of alleged child abuse/neglect within mandated time limits. The position assesses the immediate safety of children and initiates appropriate levels of child protection needed. This position provides a great opportunity for someone who is passionate about children and interested in playing a role in ensuring the safety of children and youth. DCFS offers a competitive compensation plan, excellent benefits, and a pension program. The ideal candidate for this position will have excellent organizational skills and strong communication skills. We invite you to join our innovative team to help make a positive difference in the lives of the children and families of Illinois.

Job Responsibilities

1. Serves as Child Protection Investigator

2. Prepares investigation reports for assessing validity of reports of allegations

3. Selects, summarizes, and presents case material for transfer to permanency caseworker or community agencies

4. Determines the need for and coordinates the placement of children in substitute care facilities

5. Attends multi-disciplinary diagnostic and technical staff conferences to assess needed services

6. Transports clients when taking protective custody, when placing them in substitute care, and when changing placement location

7. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above

Minimum Qualifications

1. Preferably requires a master's degree in social work;


  • Requires a master's degree in a related human service field, in criminal justice, criminal justice administration, or law enforcement and one year of directly related professional experience;


  • Requires a bachelor's degree in social work and one year of directly related professional experience;


  • Requires a bachelor's degree in a related human service field, in criminal justice, criminal justice administration, or law enforcement and two years of directly related professional experience.

*The college or university issuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree must be accredited, and the degree program in social work must be approved by the Council on Social Work Education*

Conditions for Employment

  • Requires a valid driver’s license, daily access to an automobile, and proof of vehicle insurance.
  • Requires ability to pass a background check.
  • Requires physical, visual and auditory ability to carry out assigned duties.
  • Overtime is a condition of employment, and you may be requested or required/mandated to work overtime, including scheduled, unscheduled, or last-minute overtime. This requires the ability to work evenings and weekends. This also requires the ability to work in a 24 hour “on call” capacity.
  • The conditions of employment listed here are incorporated and related to any of the job duties as listed in the job description.

Work Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm
Work Location:  1607 E Chestnut St, Canton, Illinois, 61520
Agency Contact:  Shane Power


Posting Group:  Social Services


This position [DOES NOT] contain “Specialized Skills” (as that term is used in CBAs).



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Job Tags

Contract work, Immediate start, Weekend work, Afternoon shift, Monday to Friday,

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