Child Protection Social Worker/Case Manager

Application Deadline: 2023-11-28
Job Type: County
Job Description:

Job Summary
Responsible for ongoing cases providing treatment intervention and case management services to families involved in alleged or adjudicated abuse; and some responsibility of investigating referrals of physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse and emotional damage to children.

Applicants are required to submit a cover letter and resume to be considered for the position.
Essential Duties
Provides court intake and ongoing responsibilities as outlined in Chapter 48 of the Wisconsin Children’s Code.

Investigates reports of alleged child maltreatment and unborn child abuse. Provides emergency child protection services which may include a referral to Juvenile Court and/or temporary out of home placement.

Provides case management responsibility for intake assignments, including prioritization for action when necessary, to assure that safety and service needs are addressed in an effective and timely manner.

Provides short term counseling in physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, emotional damage and unborn child abuse cases when appropriate.

Handles phone coverage and walk-in-clients during regular business hours to accept referrals of child maltreatment and unborn child abuse.

Participates in the substantiation appeal process, as required.

Shares the responsibility for after hour’s coverage on child protection emergencies by being on call on a rotating basis.

Provides ongoing treatment planning and intervention, including counseling and case management to families where child abuse/neglect exists.

Plans, prepares and presents pre-disposition investigative, court review, guardianship and termination of parental rights reports for juvenile court. Provides court testimony and supervises dispositional and consent decree orders.

Completes and maintains necessary documentation according to applicable requirements, codes and policies.

Follows established initial assessment protocols entering information into the EWISACWIS system by utilizing a computer.

Attends staff meetings, in service and outside agency training sessions.

Performs networking of appropriate and necessary services for families in an efficient and effective manner.

Maintains and documents diligent efforts to reunite or establish alternative permanency plans.

Maintains the confidential nature of client and business information.

Complies with all local, state, and federal laws governing clients and rendering of services.

Provides ongoing services to children who have been removed from their parental homes and placed in foster care, relative care, or specialized alternate care. Contacts are to be on a weekly basis or as defined by treatment plan.

Provides counseling, instruction, direction and support to relatives, foster families, or private agencies providing alternate care placement for children who have been removed from their parental homes.

Serves as liaison with the care providers and schools, medical and other service providers to assist the care providers to obtain needed services for children.

Assesses capabilities of foster parents and other care providers to deal with particular individuals and client groups.

Assess, coordinate, and provide Independent Living Services.

Provide job duties associated with HFS 56, Foster Home Care for Children.

Provide job duties associated with Kinship Care.

Participates in public relations activities about child protection, e.g. speeches to school and community groups.

Performs related functions as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications Required
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree in social work or related human service field or attainment of the degree upon hire date. One (1) year of recent social work experience preferably working with child abuse and neglect or human service experience which is child focused, family based and rehabilitative in nature preferred. Experience with court work and testimony is desired.

Licenses and Certifications:
Valid Wisconsin Driver’s License.
Ability to obtain certification training for Court Intake workers within one year.
State Social Worker Certification preferred.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Knowledge of casework principles and methods, social systems, family dynamics, group and individual behavior.

Knowledge of dynamics of child maltreatment.

Knowledge of professional social work interviewing principles and techniques.

Knowledge of Wisconsin Children’s Code, Indian Child Welfare Act, and Juvenile Court policies and procedures.

Knowledge of community resources and ways in which they may be made available to the client.

Knowledge of child development and child rearing skills.

Knowledge of and ability to utilize a computer and the required software.

Ability to diagnose and assess human problem situations, specifically in the area of child maltreatment, to set priorities for solutions, and to consider alternative treatment plans.

Ability to use authority constructively.

Ability to be decisive and make constructive decisions, under the pressure of crises or emergencies, with the appropriate knowledge and timing.

Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with a wide variety of collateral resources: law enforcement, Juvenile Court, hospitals, attorneys, school, etc.

Ability to plan and organize work and to make effective use of time; ability to understand human behavior and to relate sensitively and effectively with physically abused, physically neglected, sexually abused and emotionally damaged children and their families.

Ability to establish an effective working relationship with clients who may be resistive, have limited motivation and limited ability to follow through.

Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with staff and the public.

Ability to work the required hours of the position.

Deadline Note: