Forsyth County’s Department of Social Services is seeking to hire a Child Protective Service (CPS) Sr. Social Worker to provide social work services to children who have been identified as victims or potential victims of child abuse, neglect and/or dependency as defined by North Carolina General Statutes. This individual shall provide services to families while making a thorough assessment of strengths and needs, safety and family support systems to enhance family functioning and to assist families with developing permanent plans for their children.
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The selected candidate must understand and utilize correctly all Federal, State, and local laws, policies, and procedures relevant to child abuse, neglect and dependency. In addition, This person must be mobile because most of the job takes place outside the DSS office (such as in clients’ homes, courtrooms, schools, etc.) This person must be able to observe and report their observations, and must be able to communicate effectively with persons from a range of social and economic backgrounds and a variety of mental capacities and convey information obtained in a concise and accurate format.
The individual must be able to use de-escalation techniques to maintain a calm environment and respond proactively to situations that may become disruptive while working with clients.
There may be occasions when the Sr. Social Worker will have to work after 5:00 p.m. to meet with families due to the family’s availability.
Minimum Education and Experience
Master’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work or;
Bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work and completion of the Child Welfare Collaborative or;
Bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work and one year of directly related experience or;
Master’s degree in counseling in a human services field and one year of social work or counseling (Department of Social Services) or;
Bachelor’s degree in a human services field from an accredited college or university and two years of directly related experience or;
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and three years of directly related experience (Department of Social Services).
Valid driver’s license required.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Essential duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
– Excellent communication and customer service skills;
– Assessing and and evaluating the family’s strengths and needs;
– Identifying safety factors and teh appropriate safety response.
– Assessing the child’s safety and developing safety response plans with the parent/caretaker t to include identifying interventions;
– Initiating court intervention to ensure the child’s safety, if needed;
– Providing ongoing assessment/evaluation of the family toward its goals;
maintaining required contacts with the child, parents, and other collateral contacts;
– Completing documentation in a timely manner based on county, state, and federal
requirements to ensure appropriate service provision to children and families;
– Documenting all interactions and maintaining this documentation in the case record;
– Completing and submitting documentation to supervisor at established timeframes;
– Collaborating and consulting with team members, community agencies, and service
providers as appropriate;
– Completing all documentation related to initial legal and court proceedings and;
– Attending at least 24 hours of ongoing professional development training each appraisal year.