How to become a child protection officer
You can get into this job through:
- working towards this role
- applying directly
You could do professional development training with your employer then go into child protection work. For example, you may be a police officer and complete relevant courses before moving to a child protection unit within your force.
You can apply directly for jobs if you're a qualified professional. Employers often look for social workers but other relevant roles include:
- youth worker
- police officer
- family support worker
- probation officer
You'll need several years' experience of working with children, young people, their parents and carers. Management experience will also be helpful.
Professional and industry bodies
You could join the Association of Child Protection Professionals for career development opportunities and to meet others doing this job.