Children Service Worker - Native Child and Family Services of Toronto
NCFST is committed to staffing a workforce representative of the Indigenous population we serve. We encourage First Nation, Metis and Inuit applicants to apply and please self-identify in their cover letter.
Under the direction of the Supervisor, Child and Family Wellbeing (Long Term), the Children Service Worker, Long Term will:
- Primarily focus on working with Indigenous Children and Youth who are in the long-term care of the CAS.
- Intervene in crisis situations and initiate a range of immediate protective action, which may include movement of children at risk to a place of safety as mandated by the Child and Family Services Act.
- Develop a relationship with the child and family to facilitate an assessment of the protection issues and client needs.
- Participate in consultations, Talking Circle/ODR, and case conferences with service providers and family’s FNMI community, to discuss plans of care and service needs of the child and family.
- Continually evaluate child’s needs while in care and revise the plan of care as required.
- Coordinate internal/external service requirements for child and family, and advocate on behalf of the child to ensure the receipt of culturally appropriate and timely services. Develop partnerships with these resources in service planning.
- Liaise with Placement Worker regarding placement decisions in order to ensure effective consideration of the child’s specific needs.
- Coordinate and develop customary care agreements with the family, extended family and community members, and band representatives.
- Facilitate ongoing contact between the child and family/extended family/FNMI community. Provide counselling and support to the child and the family during access visits.
- Intervene on child’s behalf in crisis situations, facilitate the resolution of the crisis, and develop plans in consultation with the child and service providers to reduce the likelihood of the crisis being repeated.
- Assist youth in transitioning to adulthood by linking to resources and services, including CCSY.
- Coordinate requirements for court hearings including preparing evidentiary materials, reviewing case information with lawyers, and appearing as a witness if required.
- Complete case file documents for transfer of the child to a different facility, foster home, agency, or adoption placement.
- Complete case recordings, reports, correspondence, and legal forms.
- Participate in public communication and education activities.
- B.S.W. from an accredited university
- Alternatively an equivalent combination of education and experience in Native family and children issues in a child welfare context.
- A valid Driver’s Licence and access to a reliable vehicle are required for this position.
- Pass a Vulnerable Sector Police Record Check.
- Knowledge of Child and Family Services Act, Abuse Protocols, Risk Assessment Model and OnLAC.
- Knowledge of child development and demonstrated skills in the areas of assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning.
- Knowledge of the Toronto Indigenous community and history of child welfare in the community.
- Excellent written communication; strong verbal communication; organizational skills; ability to multitask and prioritize; initiative and respect for confidentiality.
- Completed Child Welfare Professional Series is an asset
If you are interested in this job opportunity, please apply by email on or before August 1, 2019
firstname.lastname@example.org quoting reference number #19-07-05
We are committed to providing a barrier-free work environment in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. As such, NCFST will make accommodations available to applicants with disabilities upon request during the recruitment process.
We thank you for your interest, however, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.