CHILD PROTECTION WORKER
MUSCOGEE (CREEK) NATION
Seeking an CHILD PROTECTION WORKER
Description: Under the Supervision of the Family Protection Team Program Manager, the Child Protection Services (CPS) Worker will conduct safety and risk assessments and investigations of child abuse and neglect reports. The CPS worker will also provide 24 hour response to emergency situations involving an alleged abused or neglected child. The CPS worker will coordinate with appropriate agencies in conducting assessments and investigations when necessary. The CPS worker will determine appropriate interventions for families following completion of assessments and investigations. The CPS worker will perform the following: conduct individual and family assessments; develop family services plans; locate and coordinate services with community, tribal and state social services agencies to prevent the breakup of Indian families; attend court hearings, provide testimony and make recommendations when necessary. The CPS worker shall be knowledgeable of the following: principles and practices of social work; child development stages; psychological and physical needs of abused/neglected children; basic courtroom terminology and procedures.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
- Conduct safety and risk assessments and/or intensive investigations of reported child abuse and neglect.
- Work in coordination with Lighthorse Police, or other city or county law enforcement agencies and the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Child Protection Services in conducting assessments/investigations when necessary.
- Determine appropriate interventions for families, including referral to preventative services or removal of children from their homes.
- Conduct individual and family assessments to determine the strengths and needs of children and their parents/custodians.
- Develop service (safety) plans designed to prevent the breakup of families.
- Assist families in locating and determining appropriate resources and services.
- Maintain regular contact with children and families by conducting home, school and work visits when necessary.
- Transport children to foster care placements, medical appointments, visitations, etc.
- Complete investigative reports and provide to the Attorney General.
- Attend tribal court hearings and provide testimony when necessary.
- Provide written reports and make recommendations regarding removal, visitations, reunification, etc. to the court.
- Maintain efficient management of cases and case files.
- Complete weekly, monthly, quarterly, and/or annual statistical and/or narrative reports.
- Maintain confidentiality of CFSA programs and caseloads.
- Participate in CFSA and ICW staff meetings.
- Attend multi-disciplinary team meetings and other meeting when required.
- Attend trainings, workshops or other educational programs.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor's Degree in Social Work or other relevant human service field and one (1) year experience working with children, parents and/or families.
- Must have a Valid Oklahoma Driver’s License.
- Master's Degree in Social Work or other relevant human service field, two (2) years' experience working with children, parent, or families and one (1) year experience conducting interviews/investigations.
Muscogee (Creek) and Indian Preference