Child Protective Services – Social Worker

Work Type
Family and Children’s Services

Position Number
Req #3668

$24.43 - $32.99/hr

Closing Date
March 31, 2022
Posted March 25, 2022

Agency Name
Wake County Health and Human Services

Work County

Job Location
Human Services Center, Swinburne
North Carolina
Job Description

Wake County HHS is now offering sign-on bonuses and recruitment incentives for Child Protective Services - Social Worker positions, tiered up to $5,000!

What You'll Be Doing

Wake County Human Services Child Welfare Division has three federally mandated goals. The first goal is safety - children will be protected from harm from child abuse and neglect. The second goal is permanence - children entering foster care will be reunited with family or placed in a new permanent home as quickly as possible. The third goal is well-being - the educational, health, and overall well-being of children in foster care or receiving CPS In-Home Services will be enhanced. Federal, state, and local policy dictate that Child Welfare seeks to accomplish these three goals by supporting and strengthening families. We are currently seeking a Child Protective Services - Social Worker (After-hours) to join our team of dedicated professionals that protect children and enhance their well-being by supporting and strengthening families. Primary job functions include: 
  • Receiving and screening reports from the public regarding suspected child abuse, neglect and dependency to see if they meet legal criteria for Child Protective Services (CPS) assessments
  • Conduct CPS assessments to determine if children have been maltreated and need protective services
  • Provide protective services to help families keep children who have been maltreated safely at home whenever possible
  • Place children in foster care when no other means are adequate to protect them
This role is an after-hours position. The after-hours team covers the hours below (hours are subject to change): Wed - Fri 3:00 pm-12:00 am (possibly to 2 am), Sat  8:00 am - 9:00 pm, Sun (and holidays) 8:00 am - 12:00 am, Mon and Tues 3:00 pm - 5:30 am NOTE: Wake County Human Services employees are required to be in their current role for a minimum of one (1) year to be eligible to apply for another Human Services position. Upon acceptance of employment you acknowledge that (i) you will rescind your application for any other positions within Wake County Human Services, (ii) after accepting your position with Wake County Human Services you must remain in your role for one(1) year before you are eligible to apply for another position within Wake County Human Services, (iii) if you work in the Health Clinics and Public Health Division, influenza immunization is a condition of initial and continued employment, subject to compliance with federal law.

About Our Team

Wake County Health and Human Services (WCHHS) is the consolidation of programs and services that include social services, public health, job search assistance, child support, and transportation. Our mission, in partnership with the community, is to facilitate full access to high quality and effective health and human services for Wake County residents. In addition to our numerous standard programs, Wake County Health and Human Services (WCHHS) is engaged in a number of special initiatives that are impacting services and programs throughout our entire agency. Whether legislated down from the changing regulations on the Federal or State level or bubbling up from the entrepreneurial spirit of our staff, you can always look forward to Wake County Health and Human Services implementing new and exciting enhancements to our services and programs.

The Basics (Required Education and Experience)

  • Bachelor's degree in Social Work or related field
  • Three years of job-related experience
  • Completion of the NC Child Welfare Education Collaborative (CWEC) traineeship can be substituted for 1 year of experience
  • Valid Driver's License and safe driving record
  • Equivalent education and experience are accepted

Beyond the Basics (Preferred Education and Experience)

  • Master's degree in Social Work and one year of experience in social work or counseling
  • NC Child Welfare Preservice Training
  • Child Welfare experience in a NC Dept. of Social Services, Child Welfare Division
  • Experience working with a diverse population
  • Experience with the delivery of services to community residents within their living environment
  • Experience in testifying in court

How Will We Know You're 'The One'?

  • Ability to maintain social, ethical, and organizational principles
  • Ability to build and maintain positive, productive relationships with colleagues, providers, the community and other professionals
  • Ability to use appropriate interpersonal skills and methods to reduce tension and resolve conflict in complex situations while adhering to statute and policy
  • Ability to make decisions without regard to personal prejudices, biases, and experiences and deal with high stress situations calmly and effectively
  • Strong communication skills
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