Child Protective Services Social Worker (Bilingual – Spanish/English)

Work Type
Family and Children’s Services, Other

Position Number

Hiring Range: $24.43 - $32.99 commensurate with experience

Closing Date
March 6, 2022
Posted February 18, 2022

Agency Name
Wake County Health and Human Services

Work County

Job Description

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, fluent in Spanish and English, to join our team of dedicated professionals that protect children and enhance their well-being by supporting and strengthening families. The Child Protective Services Social Worker ensures the protection of children who are brought to Child Protective Services' (CPS) attention due to allegations of abuse, neglect, and/or dependency according to North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 7B, state and county policies and Wake County's vision and mission statements. The job assesses risk throughout the life of a case and ensures families utilize recommended services that will enable parents to provide appropriate care, discipline, and supervision when cases are closed. Essential job functions and responsibilities include:
  • Conducting CPS assessments to determine if children have been maltreated and need protective services
  • Conducting interviews with children, parents/caretakers and nonresident parents; interfacing during meetings
  • Providing protective services to help families keep children who have been maltreated, safely at home, whenever possible
  • Placing children in foster care when no other means are adequate to protect them 

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 a safe driving record

Beyond the Basics (Preferred Education and Experience)

  • Child Welfare experience as a Child Protective Services Assessor
  • The ability to speak and write fluently in both Spanish and English
  • Experience with a diverse population
  • Experience with visiting homes in communities
  • Experience in testifying in court
  • Experience writing behavioral safety plans

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

  • The ability to maintain social, ethical, and organizational norms
  • The ability to firmly adhere to codes of conduct, ethical principles, adherence to laws and/or regulations
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and in writing
  • Skillset to build and maintain positive, productive relationships with colleagues, providers, the community and other professionals
  • The ability to weigh alternative actions when making decisions
  • The ability to deal with stress, difficult and complex situations and achieve resolution
  • The ability to use appropriate interpersonal skills and methods to reduce tension in high stress situations and resolve conflicts
  • The ability to make decisions without regard to personal prejudices, biases, or experiences
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