Social Caseworker IV - Child Protection Specialties Investigator
- What Success Looks Like In This Job
We are seeking a caring, professional candidate to conduct specialized child protection assessments specific to
- Near fatal/ fatal/egregious incidents
- Human trafficking
- Serious bodily injury (SBI)/ High Profile/Media cases
- Provide as needed coverage for Institutional investigations; certified foster and kinship homes, residential treatment facilities, Department of Youth Corrections facilities and group homes, licensed and unlicensed daycare facilities and daycare homes
- Other complex/complicated cases
The successful candidate will ensure the safety and well-being of children that are involved in these complex, specialized assessments
- Examples of Duties for Success
- Investigate reports of child abuse/neglect identified as egregious, fatal, near fatal, human trafficking, serious bodily injury, high profile/media, and/or other complex, specialized cases. The Specialties investigator is responsible for collaborating with other county caseworkers and supervisors, law enforcement, medical staff, victim advocates, state personnel, social workers, District Attorneys, and other involved professionals to determine the safety and well-being of a child/ren. When required, attends the State Child Fatality Review Team meeting and designated Internal Meetings specific to fatal, near fatal, and egregious incidents.
- Investigates reports of child abuse/neglect in foster homes, daycare centers, daycare homes, group homes, detention facilities and residential childcare facilities. While conducting the investigation in the same manner as familial assessments, the institutional investigator is responsible for collaborating with other county caseworkers and supervisors, Division of Childcare staff, (at times) detectives, Child Placement Agency directors and case managers, biological parents, County DSS Directors and other involved professionals in order to determine whether the institution is not only "safe" but also appropriate for the involved children.
- Provides intensive crisis intervention and assessment of families' needs, including domestic violence, substance abuse, child abuse and neglect, environmental conditions, and caretakers' capacity to parent. Develops individual case plans and reports. Maintains case records according to Federal, State, and County requirements. Writes court reports, attends legal hearings, testifies for department, consults with attorneys regarding legal aspects of cases.
- Provides coverage for the 24- hour Referral/Response Court Liaison.
- Assists in Screening process of referrals prior to Red Team determination
- Assists in training new hires/caseworkers in the 24-hour Referral/Response Section
- Adhere to the Adams County Cultural Norms and Values
- Performs related work as required
- Qualifications for Success
- Three (3) years of full time professional social casework experience, acquired after the degree in a public or private social services agency, in an area appropriate to the position.
- Bachelor's Degree in one of the human behavioral science fields.
- An MSW may substitute for 2 years of the required experience.
- Proof of education, (degree or transcripts,) and license (if candidate has received one) are required.
License or Certificate:
- Colorado Child Welfare Caseworker certification required, and must be completed within 3 months of employment, through the Colorado Training Academy (State Child Welfare). Certification through another State will require proof of completion and may substitute for all or part of the training required by Colorado.
- Possession of a Colorado Driver's License and proof of automotive insurance.
- More Qualifications for Success
Must utilize a personal vehicle to get to many appointments in the local community and surrounding areas within Colorado
Background Check: Must pass a criminal background check.
Essential duties require the following physical abilities and work environment:
- Ability to work in a standard office environment, Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30pm although emergencies may extend your day.