Protection Assessment Worker

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere
  • October 30, 2020
  • Salary/Pay: N/A

Tikinagan Child & Family Services

Deadline: September 14, 2020 @ 4:30 p.m.
Competition #:2020-INTAKE-025
Status: Full-Time
Reports To:Direct Service Supervisor
Location(s):Thunder Bay, ON

 

Position Overview:

Reporting to the Direct Service Supervisor-Intake, the Intake/Investigation Worker – Protection Assessment is responsible for providing assessment and initial case management of service requests from other children’s aid societies, Chief and Councils, child welfare client family members and other organizations.  Decision making needed by other children’s aid societies will require the Intake/Investigation Worker – Protection Assessment to ensure direct consultation occurs with Chief and Councils, internal agency units, and related family members.  Frequent case conferencing with Chief and Council, family members, internal agency staff, outside agencies and community based resources is required.  Consultation with agency legal services may be required in some cases.  Follow up casework to ensure service requests are accomplished and tasks are shared with the community based offices will require working closely with community based Direct Service Supervisors and staff.  Casework is provided within joint child welfare agency protocols and provincial guidelines.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Responding to agency “Requests for Assistance”:
  • Assist in coordination and ensure timely case transfers from other children’s aid societies.
  • Assist the units to safely plan for children in care transfers from other children’s aid societies, help identify potential foster care placements and/or private family care arrangements, and submit referrals for opening Tikinagan foster homes for children’s placements.
  • Ensure timely external transfers of case documentation required for opening or closing intake/investigation, family and/or child care files that are being transferred to other agencies.
  • Assist community based units to obtain necessary legal statuses for other children’s aid societies.
  •  Ensure that case notes from children’s visits to family in the First Nation on open protection files from other children’s aid societies is sent.
  • Gather necessary case information from internal agency files, external agency workers and other sources to inform community based staff and chief and councils when apprehensions of their band members occur.
  • Provide routine case updates to chief and councils regarding case activity and case progress sent by other children’s aid societies.
  • Ensure that assists from other agencies are completed on investigations, forensic interviews and joint police agency investigations at the request of other children’s aid societies.
  • Ensure that court documents are served, prepare affidavit of services, prepare and brief clients and related parties for court and work with agency legal counsel as deemed necessary.
  • Coordinate and facilitate case conferences that occur by teleconference or in person with community based staff, other related agency internal staff, chief and councils, family members, elders, community resources and utilize when necessary, the Talking Together Program.
  • Promote community education by delivering “Duty to Report Presentations” to First Nations resources, chief and councils, and other organizations.
  • Ensure that Direct Service Supervisor is informed of issues which affect agency policies and procedures and protocols.
  • Maintain program and service standards under the Child and Family Services Act and Tikinagan’s philosophy and policies.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned by the Direct Service Supervisor.
  • Maintain contact with the appropriate community based Direct Service Supervisor and/or Family Services Worker during the course of the assist to the other CAS or resource.
  • Ensure that timelines are met within the appropriate response time in regards to transfers or other requests.
    A case transfer/summary conference must be held with the Direct Service Supervisor and the branch Tikinagan office Inform Chief and Council and the Direct Service Supervisor of your visit to their community to complete any investigation and notify the Chief and Council and Direct Services Supervisor after completion of the investigation.
  • Become familiar with and have the ability to interpret and apply Society policies, procedures and all protocols; the Child and Family Services Act; the Ministry’s standards and guidelines.
  • Maintain contact with the appropriate community based Direct Service Supervisor and/or Family Services Worker during the course of the assist to the other CAS or resource.
  • Ensure that timelines are met within the appropriate response time in regards to transfers or other requests.
  • A case transfer/summary conference must be held with the Direct Service Supervisor and the branch Tikinagan office Inform Chief and Council and the Direct Service Supervisor of your visit to their community to complete any investigation and notify the Chief and Council and Direct Services Supervisor after completion of the investigation.
  • Become familiar with and have the ability to interpret and apply Society policies, procedures and all protocols; the Child and Family Services Act; the Ministry’s standards and guidelines.

Qualifications Desired:

·         This employer promotes equal employment opportunities for all applicants. Persons of First Nations Ancestry will be given preference (OHRC, Part II, Special Employment). We invite applicants to Self-Identify if Indigenous, Metis or Inuit.

·         Academic/educational qualifications and work experience in the field of child welfare or social services, preferably a college diploma or university degree in an appropriate field of study.

·         Knowledgeable and demonstrated work experience reflecting the agency’s service delivery “Mamow Obiki-Awahsoowin”.

·         Excellent organizational skills and ability to work independently.

·         Demonstrate ability to respond in a timely manner and manage multiple cases.

·         Demonstrate ability to accurately assess conflict resolution situations, manage and maintain respectful working relationships with several diverse parties and negotiate mutually agreeable case outcomes.

·         Experience in restorative alternative dispute approaches for dealing with child welfare matters.

·         Knowledgeable and/or direct work experience/collaboration with intake/investigation, family services, child care, residential care, information systems and community based units.

·         Experience in conducting Child Protection Investigations.

·         Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills. Letter writing is essential.

·         Knowledgeable about Native culture and ability to be empathetic toward children, families and First Nation communities of the area served by Tikinagan.

·         Be creative in problem-solving, communication and working with staff in all offices of Tikinagan.

·         Ability to speak one of the Nishnawbe-Aski languages is preferred.

·         Experience with a computerized database system is considered an asset

·         Must possess a valid Ontario driver’s license.

·         Must be able to travel extensively.

·         Must be an authorized as a child protection worker.

 

 

TO APPLY: Send your job application/resume to the Hiring Committee and include the Competition Number or the name of the position you are applying for:

·         BY MAIL: P.O. Box 627, Sioux Lookout, ON  P8T 1B1 OR

·         BY FAX: (807) 737-4550 OR

·         BY EMAIL: HR@tikinagan.org  OR

·         DROP OFF YOUR APPLICATION AT ANY OF OUR OFFICES (ask the receptionist to fax your application to Human Resources)

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

***ONLY THOSE SELECTED FOR AN INTERVIEW WILL BE CONTACTED***

However, we welcome applicants to contact HR if they wish to follow up on an application or inquire about other opportunities at Tikinagan.

AODA AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

 

Tikinagan Child and Family Services is committed to providing a barrier-free work environment in concern with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. As such, Tikinagan will make accommodations available to applicants with disabilities upon request during the recruitment process.

 

Tikinagan strives to ensure that its employment practices are free from direct and indirect discrimination and is committed to upholding the human rights of those participating in the hiring process. In pursuit of this commitment, Tikinagan will not condone or tolerate any acts of discrimination or harassment under any of the grounds protected under human rights legislation. This commitment extends to the hiring process and throughout the course of employment.

 

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