This is a full time position for a Social Worker to provide family advocacy services in a nationally accredited Children's Advocacy Center. The successful candidate will serve children and families involved in the forensic interview process due to allegations of child maltreatment or witnessing a crime (e.g. sexual abuse, physical abuse, witness to a violent crime).
Provide support and strength-based advocacy services to non-offending caregivers which may include individual screenings, assessments, crisis intervention, support, community referrals, establishing services, safety planning, and other assigned tasks from the point of referral for forensic services through CAC case disposition
Interview non-offending caregiver and accurately documents information provided regarding relevant history, current family functioning, knowledge of alleged abuse, response/support to child, safety planning, support systems and other relevant information
Conduct brief needs assessment with the non-offending caregiver regarding the alleged child victim and family, assisting the caregiver in developing safety plans
Identify and provide referrals to community services, mental health treatment, medical treatment and other identified services as needed
Provide the non-offending caregiver education and information regarding the impact of trauma, how to provide a supportive environment for the child, and what to expect within the child abuse investigation and potential legal proceedings
Participate in and facilitates meetings designed to review/discuss current investigations involving multidisciplinary team members (e.g. law enforcement, child protective services investigators, deputy juvenile officers, medical providers, prosecuting attorney, mental health providers)
Participate in peer review with other family advocates as directed
Remain current on research involving current trends in family advocacy, as well as the child advocacy center model, and uses these to perform job duties when appropriate or as directed
Assist in grant writing/management/reporting as requested, which includes the accurate documentation of daily activity time reporting
Assist with conducting community based trainings when requested
Participate and facilitates, as requested, meetings designed to review/discuss current investigations involving multidisciplinary team members (e.g. law enforcement, child protective services investigators, deputy juvenile officers, medical providers, prosecuting attorney, mental health providers)
Provide mentorship/supportive services to practicum students; mentor others in completing forensic services duties as requested
All other duties as assigned
Master's degree in related/relevant area
Minimum of one (1) year of experience in child protection systems or victim advocacy field from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary
Coursework in child advocacy studies or two (2) years practical experience in the child protection field that includes knowledge regarding family advocacy, child protection, child development, and other dynamics associated with child abuse/neglect
History of successful collaboration within a multidisciplinary setting that includes: law enforcement, social service, mental health providers, medical specialists and both criminal and family court
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