Social Caseworker IV - Sexual Abuse Intake Lead Caseworker
- What Success Looks Like In This Job
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We are seeking a professional, caring candidate to respond to reports of child abuse/neglect and provide intensive crisis intervention and assessments of families' needs, including: domestic violence, substance abuse, child abuse and neglect, environmental conditions, and caretakers' capacity to parent. This may include determination of need for out of home placement for children; identifying and utilizing the strengths of the family; determining risk and/or safety issues for children; making plans that best meet the safety, well-being, and permanency needs of children; providing services to families in crisis; and working in partnership with community and collateral agencies.
- Examples of Duties for Success
- Investigates and assess reports of abuse and neglect of children. Interviews and observes victims, offenders, witnesses, caregivers, and collaterals to ensure the safety of the child and determines the validity of the allegations. Recognizes and identifies risk factors and dynamics of child abuse, child neglect, and family functioning (includes specialized caseload).
- Provides intensive crisis intervention with families in order to address family problems, assesses need for on-going services, and prevents out of home placement.
- Maintains accurate case records of assessment, activities, and plans; writes summaries, reports, letters, and memos; works diligently to meet federal and state mandates and timeframes.
- Evaluates need for placement, determines appropriate level of care, and facilitates placement. Ensures ongoing safety through frequent, meaningful contact with children and their caregivers.
- Prepares court reports, attends court hearings, testifies in court hearings and proceedings, consults with attorneys, judges, and guardians-ad-litem.
- Nurtures community partnerships to enhance service delivery and program development.
- Provides positive role modeling in work environment, ensuring productivity.
- Performs specialized duties as assigned, including mentoring, training, and leadership of peers.
- Performs other related duties and responsibilities as required.
- Qualifications for Success
- Experience: 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.
- Education and Training:
- 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.
- Background Check: Must pass a criminal background check.
- More Qualifications for Success
Essential duties require the following physical abilities and work environment:
- Ability to work in a standard office environment.
- Ability to utilize personal vehicle or other mode of transportation to make visits to client's homes, travel to court and other public facilities in all types of weather.
- Ability to lift and carry (1-50 lbs.) infants and small children in the care and custody of the County, as well as the ability to carry large case files.
- Ability to conduct home visits in unknown and uncontrolled settings which may include animals, feces, airborne contaminants, gang members, weapons, and other environmental hazards.