Family Worker - Safety Sensitive, Onion Lake Family Services


Onion Lake Family Services supports families by collaborating with our community and elders to assist our children, youth and families to thrive in a nurturing and safe environment. Onion Lake Cree Nation is a Plains Cree First Nation in Treaty Six Territory bordering the Alberta and Saskatchewan Provincial Border, approximately 50 km North of Lloydminster. The Nation has approximately 585 square km of land area and a membership of approximately 6500. Onion Lake Family Services is an incorporated body that serves the children and families in the community. We pride ourselves as being a leader among Indigenous communities providing services related to child welfare and protection. Part of our service is also to provide Enhanced Prevention whereby we offer innovative programs and services that enrich the well-being, health and prosperity of children and families. We strive to provide program delivery to support a thriving and self-reliant future for the members of Onion Lake Cree Nation.

The Family Worker uses family systems theory to assess and maintain the balance between protecting children and strengthening and maintaining the family unity. Under the supervision of the Child Protection Supervisor, the Family Worker carries out the mandate of The Child and Family Services Act of Saskatchewan. You will use a strength-based approach to gather, analyze and interpret child and family information to formulate assessments for the purpose of case planning. The Family Worker must continually assess the immediacy of risk, make key decisions in consultation with the Supervisor and respond in a timely manner. In addition, the worker will coordinate and/or provide direct service to the family using an evidence-based approach. The Family Worker uses family-based systems theory to assess and maintain the balance between protecting children and strengthening the family unit. You will use your knowledge and skills to document case facts and present evidence in court as necessary.

LOCATION:           Onion Lake Child and Family Services
DEPARTMENT:     Protection
TERM:                   Permanent Positions
CORE HOURS:     Monday to Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Please note, some evenings and weekends are required. Rotational On-Call Schedule
Based on these services, we are seeking an energetic, conscientious, and detail oriented individuals who enjoys making a difference, being part of a team, and takes pride in his or her career.

Using a Family Centered Case Approach:

  •  Identify, document and respond to physical, emotional and behavioral indicators of abuse, neglect and emotional injury
  • Perform Structured Decision Making Risk assessments (SDM) at all required points in the life of a case file
  • Assess strengths and needs of children and families in collaboration with the family while assisting to increase protective factors and decrease risk factors
  • Conduct face to face interviews with children and families to assess risk and safety
  • Provides referrals, support, guidance and problem solving to clients to address issued related to family functioning
  • Organizes, arranges and conducts case conferences and/or participates in Family Circles
  • Assist clients to build skills and find solutions to stabilize family function while mitigating risk to children
  • Support clients by building confidence and skills in their abilities
  • Provide supports, referrals and guidance to available services to stabilize family functioning
  • Assist clients to increase protective factors and decrease risk factors in their environment
  • Consults with Supervisor as required, documents discussion and outcomes of consultation at required decision points
  • Ensures all documentation is complete as per Family Centered Case Management Policy and file standards
  • Measures and records progress towards goals and outcomes to support families in achieving their case plans
  • Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of services and supports in addressing the identified risk factors
  • Utilize computer systems (MCase) for case management purposes, inputting all required case information
  • Attendance at court to give testimony to cases facts
  • Ensure the development of a safety plan and required supports are identified within the plan
  • Participate in the intake and on-call schedule for after hour services on a rotational basis
  • Provides updated client information to the Administration Unit to ensure accuracy of payments
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Ability to work independently as well as a member of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to travel within the region and interprovincially
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Awareness of Mental Health and Addictions issues
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize
  • Demonstrated ability to meet and work with clients, utilizing sound judgement, tact with a high standard of integrity and responsibility
  • Ability to collect, record and report comprehensive and confidential client information in accordance with professional standards and guidelines
  • Be able to work under pressure while meeting deadlines
  • Ability to adapt to changing conditions
  • Ability to communicate with and maintain effective working relationships with clients from diverse social, economic and cultural backgrounds
  • Knowledge of available resources to assist clients
  • Ability to handle stressful situations while remaining objective
  • Thorough understanding of ethical practice and ability to implement in practice
  • Knowledge in applying the policies and practices as outlined in the Children’s Services Manual
  • Ability to interact positively with co-workers, management and the public at large
  • Knowledge, of child abuse, neglect indicators and affects
  • Ability to work non-traditional hours including on-call and overtime
  • Ability to recognize risks to the safety and wellbeing of self, clients, staff and community
  • Basic computer knowledge (Microsoft programs, scanners, printers, copiers)


  • B.S.W or B.I.S.W, required to register with Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers
  • Two years Child Welfare experience is preferred
  • Valid Class 5 drivers license with acceptable abstract
  • Clear criminal record with vulnerable sector

Onion Lake Family Services offers an excellent working environment with supportive leadership and staff. Competitive salary, comprehensive benefits package and paid sick time. We strive for a healthy work life balance in promoting wellness for the team. Relocation allowance will be considered for those who need to relocate.

We thank all applicants, however, only qualified applicants with completed applications will be contacted for an interview
Interested applicants, who meet the qualifications as listed above, must submit:
1. Cover letter
2. Current resume with dates specified
3. List of three current references with phone numbers
4. Criminal record check with vulnerable sector
5. Drivers Abstract
Submit applications to: Tina Burton, HR Coordinator
Onion Lake Family Services
Box 29 Onion Lake, SK S0M 2E0
Fax: (306) 344-4755
Date Posted: April 20, 2021