SW I/A&T – In-Home Services

Work Type
Family and Children’s Services

Closing Date
December 15, 2021
Posted November 30, 2021

Agency Name
Alamance County Social Services

Work County

Job Location
319 N. Graham-Hopedale Road
North Carolina
Job Description

Primary Purpose of Position: Protective Services for Children are legally mandated social services provided to children and their parents or other caretakers in response to instances of actual or suspected child abuse, neglect, or exploitation. An essential function of this position requires operating a County vehicle in the performance of work. The primary elements of Protective Services consist of identifying children at risk; evaluating the degree and severity of damage or risk to the child; cooperating with law enforcement agencies as required to obtain suitable care and services for children in or out of their own homes and initiating court action where necessary; counseling and planning with the child’s family toward the solution and prevention of problems causing abuse, neglect, or exploitation; and, arranging for the provision of, and assisting families in utilizing appropriate services and community resources, such as foster care, day care, health and mental health services, homemaker services, etc., as needed. The employee in this position is expected to document ongoing assessment of risk to the child(ren), the safety and health of the child, actions taken during investigation, services provided, rationale for agency involvement, the need for service delivery on an ongoing basis, complete all state required paperwork at proper intervals and update Compass. Knowledges, Skills, and Abilities:  Thorough knowledge of social work principles, techniques, and practices and their application to complex casework, group work, and community problems.  Considerable knowledge of a wide range of medical, behavioral and psychosocial problems and their treatment.  Considerable knowledge of family and group dynamics and a range of intervention techniques.  Considerable knowledge of governmental and private organizations and resources in the community.  Considerable knowledge of the laws, regulations, and policies which govern the program. General knowledge of the methods and principles of casework supervision and training.  In certain settings, considerable knowledge of medical terminology, disease processes and their treatment as they relate to decisions regarding clinical interventions and appropriate therapies based on medical or psychological diagnosis.  Skill in establishing rapport with a client and in applying techniques of assessing psychosocial, behavioral, and psychological aspects of client's problems.  Ability to supervise, train, or instruct lower-level social workers, students, or interns in the program.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with members of caseload and their families as well as civic, legal, medical, social, and religious organizations.  Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely and to plan and execute work effectively. Minimum Training and Experience Requirements: Master's degree from an accredited school of social work (Child Welfare Collaborative),  Master’s degree from an accredited school of social work and one year of social work experience; a bachelor's degree from an accredited school of social  work (Child Welfare Collaborative) plus one year social work or counseling experience ;  or a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school of social work and two years of social work or counseling experience; or Master’s degree in a counseling field and two years of social work or counseling experience; or a four-year degree in a human services field or related curriculum and three years of social work or counseling experience; or graduation from a four-year college or university and four years of experience in rehabilitation counseling, pastoral counseling or a related human service field providing experience in the techniques of casework, group work or community organization; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. All DSS positions are subject to reallocation contingent upon funding, agency needs and client population and are subject to perform work during emergency or disaster situations as required and may be required to staff shelter overnight.  A COPY OF A CERTIFIED COLLEGE TRANSCRIPT AND A LETTER OF REFERENCE  MUST BE PROVIDED UPON REQUEST.
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