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Child protection officer Average UK Salary & Prospects

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

  • Maintain case history records and prepare reports.  
  • Interview clients individually, in families, or in groups, assessing their situations, capabilities, and problems to determine what services are required to meet their needs.  
  • Serve as liaisons between students, homes, schools, family services, child guidance clinics, courts, protective services, doctors,
Read more about Child protection officer

Child protection officers typically work around 37 to 40 hours per week.

As a Child protection officer you will typically work between 8am and 6pm.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making
  • Read more about Child protection officer
    * from ONETonline
    Average salary
    17,754 GBP *
    per year
    25,000 GBP
    40,000 GBP
    5+ Experience
    * data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
    Average salary for Child protection officer

    Men make 11% more than Women
    8% of Child protection officers are men
    • 19,776 GBP
    • 17,529 GBP
    Average salary for part-time Child protection officer
    Average salary for full-time Child protection officer

    • 9,681 GBP
    • 9,710 GBP
    • 9,196 GBP
    • 17,754 GBP
    • 17,529 GBP
    • 19,776 GBP
    Pay over time for Child protection officer

    Pay for this role has increased over time
    • 16,116 GBP
    • 16,144 GBP
    • 16,478 GBP
    • 16,688 GBP
    • 17,115 GBP
    • 17,754 GBP

    Future outlook for Child protection officers

    Balanced outlook
    754 000+ jobs available
    Balanced outlook
    2% yearly wage growth (on average)

    Child protection officer - Your future job?

    Which qualifications do I need?

    Find out what you need to know in order to become a Child protection officer and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

    In terms of people already doing this job:

    • 69% of people in this role have a Bachelor's degree
    • 26% of people in this role have a Master's degree
    • 6% of people in this role have a Diploma of Higher Education or equivalent

    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
    • teacher
    • 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.

    Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Child protection officer

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    What soft skills do I need?

    Rise above the competition by brushing up on the 5 most important soft skills you need to become a Child protection officer.
    Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
    Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively
    Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
    Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do
    Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one

    What technical skills do I need?

    Technical skills are programmes, softwares and things you need to know in order to be a successful Child protection officer. Check that you know:
    Data base user interface and query software Microsoft Access
    Electronic mail software Microsoft Outlook
    Medical software Patient electronic medical record EMR software
    Office suite software Microsoft Office
    Spreadsheet software Microsoft Excel
    Improve your skills today

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    Things to highlight for your Child protection officer interview

    Concern for Others Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Stress Tolerance Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Adaptability/Flexibility Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

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