Child Protection Worker – Children and Youth

POSITION:                                 Child Protection Worker – Children and Youth (x3)

 

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:       Full-time Permanent, Unionized

 

POSTING NUMBER:                   2022 – 14

 

ANTICIPATED START DATE:     To be determined

 

HOME LOCATION:                     Brantford (regular travel within the agency’s jurisdiction is required as well as occasional travel outside of the agency’s jurisdiction)

 

All applicants must have a Indigenous, Metis or Inuit background and/or enhanced knowledge of Indigenous, Metis, and Inuit culture including but not limited to the impact of colonization, residential schools and intergenerational trauma.  Preference will be given to Indigenous, Metis, and Inuit applicants.

 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

B.S.W. or M.S.W. or enrolled in a University of recognized standing,
Or

Equivalent as deemed suitable by the Executive Director with a willingness to complete a B.S.W.  program
Must have a valid Ontario “G” class driver’s license and reliable vehicle.
RESPONSIBLE TO:          Indigenous Service Manager – Children and Youth

 

Position Summary:

 

The Child Protection Worker – Children and Youth assumes case management responsibilities for children in care and youth transitioning from care. The Child Protection Worker develops and executes holistic plans of care to ensure optimal development, continuity and permanent outcomes for children and youth. The provision of child and youth services includes building therapeutic relationships with families of origin, kin caregivers, adoptive families, foster families, alternate residential resources and community caregivers.

 

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Under Supervision:

Provide services consistent with the overall direction provided by the Child Welfare Manager, the requirements of the Child, Youth and Family Services Act (CYFSA), Ministry requirements and the Society’s policies and procedures
Work directly with children and youth to ensure their voice is heard, their preferences are understood, they have opportunities to participate decision making in accordance with their age and stage of development, and their wishes are given appropriate weight/consideration
Affirm children and youth’s identities and enhance cultural connections while in care
Build therapeutic relationships with parents/caregivers, extended family, resource and alternate caregivers, as well as the community
Develop holistic plans of care to promote optimal development, continuity and best outcomes for children and youth
Coordinate services needed by children and youth in care
Initiate and participate in Family Circles and Family Group Conferences as well as other case conferences to support planning for children and youth in care
Assess any risk to children and youth’s placements and develop safety plans if deemed necessary
Contribute to ongoing development of alternate care homes through obtaining feedback from children and youth in care
Support children and youth with transitions such as reuniting with parents/caregivers, placements with extended family and other placement changes
Prepare documentation for court purposes and provide evidence in court
Actively uphold the principles identified in the Society’s Code of Ethics
Other duties as assigned
 

 

 

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED

 

·       Personal integrity, responsibility and a commitment to the best interests and elevating the voices of children and youth

 

·       Knowledge of child development, behaviour, and the potential impacts of trauma

 

·       Awareness and competency in identifying bias, discrimination and racism and a commitment to exemplify the organization’s dedication to social justice and reducing barriers for children, youth, families, colleagues, and the broader community

 

·       Knowledge of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action and the impacts of colonization, residential schools, the sixties scoop and the continued overrepresentation of Indigenous children in care on Indigenous people

 

·       Understanding of Indigenous practices

 

·       Recognition of the power and authority that child welfare staff inherently hold and commitment to disrupt this power dynamic and work collaboratively alongside families, youth, and children

 

·       Demonstrated skills in work with adolescents and preparing youth for independence

 

·       Demonstrated skills in assessment, case planning and on-going intervention planning

 

·       Demonstrated ability to communicate verbally and to write clear, concise reports and to be able to meet deadlines and other administrative requirements

 

·       Ability to work independently and co-operatively as a part of a team setting

 

·       Openness to ongoing learning and professional development

 

 

 

 

 

ANNUAL SALARY RANGE:        $66,084 to $81,536

 

 

As a condition of hire, selected candidates will be required to provide:

·       Consent for Police- Vulnerable Records Check- Results must be satisfactory to the employer

·       Consent for Child Welfare check- Results must be satisfactory to the employer

Must have a valid Ontario “G” class driver’s license and reliable vehicle.
If you don’t see yourself fully represented in each requirement of the job description, we still encourage you to apply. Research has shown individuals from underrepresented groups may only apply when they feel 100% qualified. We are committed to creating a more equitable, inclusive, and diverse organization and we strongly encourage all applicants with diverse identities and lived experiences to apply and to please self-identify in their cover letter.

We are committed to creating an accessible environment for all. Please let us know if you have any accommodation needs.

We thank all applicants; however only those considered for interviews will be contacted.

 

 

APPLICATION:                           Applications in writing, with resume will be accepted electronically

 

 

CLOSING DATE:    July 8, 2022 @ 4:30 pm