Ascertains validity of reports of child abuse and neglect applying Va. Law and policy; Assesses the situation with regard to the presence of imminent threat to the child's life, health and/or safety to determine urgency of response;
Analyzes complex human behavior and pathology in initial contact with families; Selects the optimal method to de-escalate the violent or volatile situation; Sets clear boundaries for clients who are intimidating, defiant, and possibly dangerous; Observes and documents the effect of family behavior and environmental factors on the child;
Balances the use of CPS statutory authority with the need to determine the least invasive intervention to protect the child and enhance family functioning; Demonstrates attentiveness, reassurance, empathy, and congruence in thinking, feeling, and acting to create a stable, rational atmosphere conducive to cooperation; Communicates the CPS complaint and the agency's role in child protection clearly and honestly to the alleged abuser and the family; Interviews family members in order to study and document information regarding strengths, mental and physical development, abuse history, parenting skills, perceptions of reported incident, violence, and family and community support; Assesses the role of drug or alcohol abuse in individual and family dysfunction, and intervenes for the protection of children and the rehabilitation of chemically dependent individuals and their codependent family systems;
Evaluates the reliability and accuracy of information gathered from family members and determines level of risk after the initial period of crisis intervention; Continues to revise safety assessment of the child throughout the investigative/assessment period; Gathers, assess, and/or disseminates sensitive, collateral information about the family from a variety of sources according to Va. Confidentiality law and policy and respecting family privacy;
Analyzes and interprets pertinent professional reports and other data; Refers clients for services to other human service agencies such as substance abuse services, mental and physical health providers, employment services, vocational rehabilitation services, etc.; Mediates among involved legal, medical, law enforcement, educational and mental health professionals; Makes determination regarding conditions of abuse, neglect, and/or safety of the child at 45-60 days;
Determines future risk to the child and makes decisions as to the course of action to ensure the child's future safety, which may include recommendations for removal and the actual removal of the child from the parent(s) when necessary according to Va. Law and policy-Ability to understand and interpret laws, regulations and policies. Knowledge of child and adolescent growth and development, family structure and dynamics, the impact of handicapping physical and mental conditions on families, and crisis intervention. Ability to develop rapport with clients from diverse backgrounds and ages through complex interviewing techniques, using a variety of skills. Ability to handle a high level of responsibility in making decisions about children and their families' lives. Thorough knowledge of goals, pertinent terminology and issues of other professions, including medical, mental health, legal, educational and law enforcement. Knowledge of social, economic, and health problems and needs. Knowledge of individual and group behavior. Ability to assess the individual's and families' capability to utilize services. Accepts the rights, responsibilities, and differences of others. Ability to work effectively using a variety of modalities in helping families solve their problems.
Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in a Human Services field; or minimum of a Bachelor's degree in any field and minimum of two years of appropriate and related experience in a Human Services area. Experience in assigned program area and completion of required training programs or equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
Possession of a BSW and/or MSW degree and a Commonwealth of Virginia Social Work license are preferred.
Masters degree in human services preferred
Bilingual Spanish/English preferred. Prefer work experience in a local department of social services agency supevised by the Virginia Department of Social Services or the equivalent in another state.
Possession of a valid appropriate drivers' license issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Driving record must meet agency standard.
Must successfully pass a drug test prior to hiring.