Child Protection - Social Caseworker II

Job ID
2020-4010
Position Type
Full-Time
Hiring Pay/Range
$23.88 - $26.28
Closing Date
Open Until Filled
Department
Human Services

Overview

Larimer County Department of Human Services is seeking creative professionals who want to provide solid casework  and a solution focus approach to families involved with child protection.  The purpose of Child Protection Services is to assess safety and risk factors that contribute to child abuse/neglect, develop plans and refer to appropriate resources working as a team with families, children, supports, service providers and courts-when necessary-to address the safety and risk, ensure extensive case documentation in a computer database is accurate including court reports,  establish permanency and well being for children which may include biological parents, traditional and non-traditional kinship, and adoption.  Duties include advocating for families and children, testifying in court, removing children from their home, de-escalating potentially volatile situations, discussing in detail and working with families who struggle with substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, multi-generational poverty, child abuse/neglect and sexual abuse.  Hours vary and do not adhere to a strict 9 to 5 schedule. While the hours can be long, and at times unpredictable, working with families can be a rich and rewarding experience.

Details

Larimer County Department of Human Services is looking for a candidate with the ability to communicate professionally in person and in writing in order to verify the efforts made to identify concerns and help families work to resolve them. This includes testifying in Court if needed and diving deep with connections to families to try and avoid out of home placement and/or stranger care. The ideal candidate for this position is someone who is willing to be accountable through documentation. There are state mandates that requiring that the hard work of both the caseworker and the family are documented through extensive paperwork requirements. This role requires commitment to completing a thorough assessment of children’s safety which includes having difficult, truthful, and extensive conversations with multiple people in one given case until safety is established. It also involves assessing allegations of abuse/neglect, referring clients to appropriate services, collaborating with Law enforcement, schools, medical personnel, mental health agencies, the courts and providers caring for children.

 

Social Caseworkers work on child abuse or neglect cases and have decision making authority for developing appropriate case/treatment plans for child safety, permanency and well being.  They deliver or provide direct services to children and families and must work effectively with individuals and families under stress and difficult circumstances and with persons from diverse backgrounds. Individuals in this role will discuss, in detail, and work with families who are dealing with substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, multigenerational poverty, child abuse, child neglect and sexual abuse. The Social Caseworker II will coordinate resources for child protection, parent/child conflict, permanency planning,  and concurrent planning. Individuals in this role would also need to provide emergency and crisis intervention.

 

 Core Competencies:

  • Takes Initiative.
  • Has a high tolerance for stress.
  • Works effectively on a team.
  • Addresses stress and conflict in appropriate ways.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with customers and team members.
  • Meets State and County established performance goals.
  • Works efficiently, uses problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Maintains positive and healthy interactions.
  • Has strong planning and organizational skills.
  • Is adaptable and able to facilitate change.
  • Is a good steward of public resources.

Qualifications -

To Qualify for a Caseworker I:

  • Completion of the State Training Academy
  • Direct experience is not required.
  • Equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a human behavioral sciences field. Examples of degree titles include Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Human Development/Family Studies.
  • In order to meet the minimum educational requirements of a human behavioral science degree, the applicant must have a degree with major course work (equivalent to 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours) in either development of human behavior, child development, family intervention techniques, diagnostic measures or therapeutic techniques such as social work, psychology, sociology, guidance and counseling, and child development.

Click Here for the Social Caseworker I Job Description.

 

To Qualify for a Caseworker II:

  • Completion of the State Training Academy
  • At least one year of experience in case management in either a public or private agency, after obtaining a Bachelor's Degree*
  • A Master's Degree in Human Behavior Sciences can substitute for the required experience.

*Examples of appropriate experience may include: medical social work, clinical experience, paid victim's advocate, residential child care experience, probation officer, law enforcement, domestic violence case manager, or other types of case management experience.

 

 Click Here for the Social Caseworker II Job Description.

 

Other Information to Note: 

  • All new employees and rehires will be required submit fingerprints for a FBI criminal background check (C.R.S. 26-6-104)
  • An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen. As marijuana is an illegal substance under federal law, testing positive for marijuana (medical or otherwise) or any other substance for which the county tests, will result in the contingent offer of employment being revoked. A successful completion of the drug screen is defined as obtaining a negative result.
  • Applicants must have access to the following items for reimbursed business use: a licensed, insured vehicle which seats three (3) passengers with seat belts and a mobile telephone.
  • This posting is "Open until filled" and may close at any time.  Once we begin the interview process, we may not consider additional applicants unless a candidate is not hired from the interview pool.

COVID-19 Considerations:

  • Policies and procedures are changing rapidly due to COVID-19 so flexibility will be vitally important.
  • Social Caseworkers are required to respond to allegations of child abuse and neglect which means they will be interacting with families in person.
  • When not responding to situations in the field, Social Caseworkers are currently working from home.

Employee Benefits

Click here to view information on Larimer County's Benefits.

 

Did you know that if you become a Larimer County Child Protection worker you may be eligible for student loan forgiveness? Click here to see more information!

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