Social Caseworker III - Ongoing (Sex Abuse)

Adams County Sheriff's Office Westminster, CO
Primary Responsibility

We are seeking a professional, caring candidate who will manage an ongoing caseload in which inter-familial sex abuse has compromised safety; provide protection, case management, ongoing safety management, treatment planning, court intervention, and community collaboration with intact families (with children ages 0-18) and those in which children are in out-of-home placements.

Family assessments, intervention, and coordination of services to promote increased parental protective capacities and safety for children and youth are primary goals of our intervention.

This position works to ensure permanency for children/youth and completes face-to-face contacts with children and families to ensure effective assessment and decision-making related to case disposition.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties

* Provides case-specific documentation including development of family service plans, court documentation, TRAILS entries of ROC notes, and other documentation, assessment completion, placement paperwork, service referrals, visitation assessments, and other related tasks.

* Reviews reports from service providers to ensure effectiveness of services.

* Provides face-to-face contacts with clients as required by regulatory standards and agency policy (may sometimes include in-state and/or out-of-state travel); communicates with collaterals; and attends case-specific staffings. Actively participates in Foster Care Reviews and audits as required and ensures that client charts are up-to-date and accurate.

* Participates in case-specific court hearings, consults with county legal staff as needed, and may provide coverage as needed for teammates at court hearings.

* Supervises visits for clients on caseload, when no other resources are available and/or when appropriate. May also facilitate goodbye sessions between parents and children when termination of parental rights is necessary.

* Participates in scheduled supervision, team meetings, section meetings, and division meetings.

* Provides customer service through timely response to phone calls, e-mails, letters, and other communication. Provides direct problem-solving with clients and collaterals in a professional and courteous manner.

* Provides crisis management for case-specific emergencies, including placements and removals of children as needed to ensure safety. Provides ongoing safety monitoring and assessment and develops/updates safety plans, as required, to ensure safety for children on caseload.

* Participates as scheduled in agency-specific review committees.

* Participates in all required state and agency trainings on an annual (or as required) basis.

* Performs other related duties and responsibilities as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

* Knowledge of human behavior, family systems, and effective client engagement and change skills. Practice focus that is child-centered, family-focused, and community based.

* Child welfare knowledge including healthy child development, understanding of the dynamics and effects of abuse and neglect, as well as experience working with children and youth ages 0-18.

* Knowledge of the dynamics of sex abuse and impact on family systems, as well as familiarity with key treatment interventions for victims, offenders, and families to promote healing and ensure safety. Ability to work with offenders, non-offending parents, and victims is essential for systemic family casework.

* Ability to effectively review documents and synthesize into accurate, professionally written documents. Must also be able to read and effectively interpret/analyze information from reports from other professionals to ensure accurate reporting of information for court, foster care review, placements, staffings, and other relevant contexts.

* Ability to effectively partner with others to solve problems and concerns, including conflict resolution with upset clients. Effective collaboration skills to work with a variety of clients, collaterals, and internal/external personnel from varied backgrounds and disciplines.

* Ability to type, utilize computers, and computer programs required to ensure effective entry of information into statewide client information system (TRAILS), as well as to complete referrals through agency Records Management, and other computer based systems.

* Knowledge and experience with Case Management/Care Coordination required.

* Ability to identify key areas that need to be addressed to effect change based on issues presented at the time of case open, and to utilize this information to develop strength-based, realistic, measurable client treatment plans.

* Skill to conduct Motivational Interviewing or other client-focused interviewing (or willingness to learn) required.

* Ability to work independently, multitask, and manage crises in a calm manner.

* Understanding of the important interface of culture and family systems, and ability to work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

* Knowledge of court proceedings preferred, including experience testifying in a court setting. Requires knowledge of the Colorado Children's Code.

* Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

* Ability to establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Requirements

* Experience: Two (2) 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 & Training:

* Bachelor's Degree in one of the human behavioral science fields.

* An MSW may substitute for all 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 three (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. Special Requirements

* Other: Must utilize a personal vehicle to get to many appointments in the local community and surrounding areas within Colorado.

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