Athabasca Tribal Council - Child and Family Services Employment Opportunity
The Athabasca Tribal Council Child and Family Services (ATCCFS) in Fort McMurray, is seeking an experienced and highly motivated professional to join the team for the position of Assessor. This is a rewarding opportunity if you are an experienced social worker/Assessor who understands, appreciates and respects First Nations culture, and enjoys the support and collaboration from our multidisciplinary team serving five regional First Nations.
The Child and Family Services Assessor is required to perform Intake and Assessment/investigative duties. This includes the responsibilities associated with all phases of the Provincial policy assessment criteria. Assessment duties involve determining urgency of response, gathering collateral information, prepare an analysis, determining implications for case planning, deciding of the intervention as defined in the Child Youth and Family Enhancement Act. Establishing the type of service required to meet the needs of the child and family and facilitate comprehensive safety plans. Developing the case plan collaboratively with the family, networks and caseworker.
Responsibilities and Activities:
- Receives all reports of alleged child abuse. Examines information and determines whether there is a need for assessment/investigation or to provide information on community resources and child related situations that do not constitute a report.
- Performs the Safety Phase Assessment. Determines child's need for intervention and to address safety concerns for the child.
- Gathers information through face-to-face interviews with the child and family, contacts collaterals, undertakes review of file records, and conducts analysis on systemic history.
- Formulates and documents an analysis of assessment information and recommendations for case planning.
- Provides immediate response interventions when necessary. Utilizes conflict resolution skills and arranges and conducts case conferences.
- Provides brief services at the Intake Phase and Interim Services at the Assessment/Investigation phase.
- Applies the principles, theories and practices as outlined in the Signs of Safety Framework.
Responsibilities also include:
- Creatively engages and works with the family members during assessment and case planning phases.
- Uses the Assessment process to assist the family in understanding the factors that contribute to the referral issues identified, and to help families understand the areas of strength and challenges that they face.
- Keeps Information Services records up to date.
- Completes all required documentation
- Organizes meetings such as supervisor consultations and case conferences. Documents discussions and outcomes of supervisory review at decision points.
- Undertakes court work.
Education and Skills:
Bachelor’s degree of social work (preferred) or Diploma of social work with 1-3 years of related experience.
- Effective listening, verbal, and written communication skills.
- Interviewing skills.
- Ability to provide feedback.
- Ability to present information and educate the community about Ministry programs and services.
Partnership, Collaboration and Teamwork:
- Ability to develop and implement strategies to promote permanence for children and resolve intervention concerns.
- Knowledge of community resources and established regional protocols and ability to facilitate linkages.
- Ability to build collaborative relationships and work cooperatively for the best interests of the child/youth and family.
Knowledge of Legislation:
- Child Youth and \family Enhancement Act
- DECA/PSECA Acts
- Youth Criminal Justice Act
- Mental Health Act
- School Act
- Indian Act
- Northern Living allowance
- Salary will commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Please , send your cover letter, resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: Until filled
Applicants are thanked in advance for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.