Social Worker, Child Protection Team


Chorley, London


About the job


Investigations is the core crime fighting capability of the NCA. We take an intelligence-led approach and concentrate on tackling the criminals and risks to the public which are beyond the capability or capacity of other law enforcement bodies.


Job description

This is a unique opportunity to develop skills in safeguarding within a law enforcement agency focusing on serious and organised crime.


Main responsibilities:
• To develop child protection strategies to be used by operational teams to support the safeguarding and welfare of children within operational activity.
• To work as part of police led investigation teams to give advice on potential risks to children at any stage of the investigative activity and to support the Senior Investigating Officer in the risk management of operational tactics.
• To provide hands on assistance in operational deployments, supporting, assessing or interviewing vulnerable children.
• Advising local professionals to assist in safeguarding children from sexual exploitation both online and offline, including providing written advice/ attending strategy meetings.
• Provide child protection input into a range of Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP), Investigation Command and wider NCA activity.
• To help identify and safeguard children who are at risk of harm or are experiencing abuse online.
• You will work closely with our investigators advising them on safeguarding matters.

Additional Duties:
• To providing advice directly to children, parents and carers who report abuse to us through the CEOP Safety Centre.
• To participate in the triage and management of referrals from the public and industry by undertaking risk assessments and communicating directly with vulnerable children and their parents and carers.

Please note:
By applying for this role you agree to work with Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (CSEA) material and undergo regular psychological assessments.

***All NCA officers must hold SC Enhanced upon entry as a minimum. To meet the National Security Vetting requirements for this role you will need to have resided in the UK for a minimum of 3 out of the past 5 years. For more information please see the Candidate information Pack***


The following qualifications/skills are essential to the role and proof will be required at interview:

• Social Work degree or equivalent Social Work qualification.

• Social Work England Registration.

Please ensure the dates of any accreditations you are relying on, are entered on to the CV.

Should you progress to the assessment stage of the process, you will be required to provide a copy of the original certificate.

Failure to provide evidence at interview may result in your application not progressing to the next stage.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Knowledge of all relevant statutory duties and responsibilities relating to children and families including relevant legislation and guidance.
  • Understanding of joint working between police and social workers in child abuse investigations.
  • Understanding of the impact of new technologies in creating opportunities for offenders and the consequent risks to children.
  • Understanding of how to work effectively in a multi-agency environment.


If you are an active police pension member immediately prior to joining the NCA, you can continue your membership throughout your employment with us as if you were a serving police officer. If you do remain an active member and subsequently return to a police force, you should be able to continue your membership there too.

All officers in the NCA are members of the UK Civil Service. You will be eligible for:
• Civil Service pension scheme
• 26 days annual leave rising to 31 on completion of 5 years continuous service
• Training and development opportunities
• Cycle2work scheme

We take the welfare of NCA officers very seriously. All staff have access to Occupational Health services and there are a number of staff representative groups. We also have a range of sporting and other activities on offer.

We can provide flexible working arrangements if the role in question is suitable. These include flexi-time, job sharing and compressed hours (working contracted hours over a shorter period).

Apply today!