A Day In The Life Of A Child Protective Specialist

Here is a snapshot of a “day in my life” as a Child Protective Specialist (aka Child Abuse Investigator) for the NYC Administration for Children’s Services:

10:00am-10:30am: Meet with my supervisor to discuss my cases

10:30am-11:30am: Continue to document my cases which are already under investigation

11:30am-12:30pm: Attend mandatory Domestic Violence training.  In this training, Child Protective workers are taught how to address issues of domestic violence in the field

12:30pm-1:30pm: Go for lunch

1:30pm-4:00pm: Report to Family Court and meet with an agency’s attorney to prepare to testify in an active Family Court Case

4:00-4:30pm: Report to my supervisor, who immediately assigns me a new case for investigation

4:30pm-8:00pm: Leave the office to immediately visit the new case’s address and interview the children, parents and other household members.  I also observe the home environment, such as the sleeping areas for each child, the presence of window guards, smoke and carbon detectors and the amount of food and clothing for each child.  Once I have concluded that the home is safe for the children, I call my Child Protective Manager to report my findings and end my day

About Me:

I am Kerry Hayes, a native New Yorker who currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. I’ve spent 13 years as a Child Protective Specialist (Child Abuse Investigator) for the Administration for Children Services (ACS).  While at ACS, I served several years in a specialized unit investigating cases involving serious injury, sex abuse and child fatalities.  I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree at the New School University.