Social Worker / CPS

By Brooke Broadstreet & Rico Dominguez

Job Decription

A social worker are a diverse group of skilled professionals used to help others function as best as they can with a wide range of issues, including psychological, financial, health, relationship, and substance abuse.

Child protective services (CPS) workers investigate and intervene in cases of child abuse or neglect.


Social workers typically work around 37 hours per week. CPS workers are required to work from 48-60 hours per week.

The schedule of a social worker requires preparation of one thinking about problem-solving, and being solution-oriented. It is common for the social worker to find a teacher or parent waiting to consult without an appointment. The social worker must listen and make a swift decision as how to respond most efficaciously to the parent and/or teacher and it's common the parents wait. Time is always the most valuable resource for a school social worker.

For the CPS worker their schedule includes going to court and being aware of the court process and working with other professionals and other community partners. They are responsible for investigating reports of child abuse and neglect that occur in our county, and carry between 20-30 investigations and assessments at all times.(approximately 50 children each day) Once an investigation or assessment has been assigned the responsibility is to contact all individuals residing in the home and all other relevant individuals. After speaking to all individuals and assessing all the possible risks to the children it is time to make a decision in regards to their safety.

Personality Requirements and Education Requirements

Since both jobs require time with children, comes lots of patients with the time it takes to talk with the children, and lots willingness and compassion to work with children.

A bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) is the most common minimum requirement to qualify for a job as a social worker; however, majors in psychology, sociology, and related fields may qualify for some entry-level jobs, especially in small community agencies.

The basic qualification for becoming a child protective services specialist is a bachelor's degree, and requires all applicants for the position of child protective services investigator to have a four year degree.

Salary Information

Social Worker: 44,200

CPS: 42,000