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Child protection officer

Alternative titles for this job include Safeguarding officer

Child protection officers promote children's wellbeing and protect them from harm or abuse.

Average salary (a year)

£25,000 Starter


£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 40 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm on a rota

How to become

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How to become a child protection officer

You can get into this job by working towards this role or 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 get information on volunteering opportunities from:

Direct Application

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:

You'll need several years of experience working with children, young people, their parents and carers. Management experience will also be helpful.

More Information

Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Association of Child Protection Professionals for career development opportunities and to meet others doing this job.

Further information

You can find out more about working in child protection from NSPCC Learning.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to work well with others
  • knowledge of psychology
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • active listening skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

You'll usually need a driving licence.

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

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

Working environment

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 and progression

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Career path and 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

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Safeguarding in a Learning Environment Award (Online)

  • Start date: 09 September 2024
  • Location: Not known

Access To Social Work

  • Provider: On Course South West
  • Start date: 05 September 2024
  • Location: E-assessor

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