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Family Service Worker

Company: City of Norfolk
Location: norfolk
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Norfolk's Division of Social Services is seeking a Full Time Family Services Worker I.
Conducts home studies to assess family needs. Investigates reports of abuse and neglect of children, the elderly and the disabled and intervenes when necessary. Provides case management for clients in Foster Care and Adoption, Family Preservation, Adult Services, and Prevention Services. Develops and implements service plans to address family and individual needs. Maintains records and reports consistent with local, state and federal policies. Essential Functions

Essential functions include but are not limited to:

  • Investigates referrals of suspected child abuse/neglect.
  • Conducts field visits to schools, homes, hospitals and various community settings.
  • Works in collaboration with law enforcement, licensing and a variety of community partners to investigate/assess child abuse/neglect allegations.
  • Determines clients needs based on interviews and plans appropriate course of action.
  • Advises and arranges protection for clients faced with emotional, physical and environmental stress.
  • Refers high and very high risk families with a history of sexual abuse, chronic abuse/neglect, domestic violence for case management services,
  • Must have the ability to provide leadership and assist subordinates as part of a multi-disciplinary team believing that the best solutions come from the families themselves.
  • Takes part in family team meetings to facilitate and assure family empowerment, family involvement and ownership in the service planning process working through to solutions.
  • Counsels clients to advise them of services available.
  • Formulates a variety of court documents,
  • Appears in court to advise, recommend and testify concerning cases,
  • Requires knowledge of social work principals and ethics with particular attention to respect and appreciation for family competencies.
  • Must have good writing skills.
  • Maintains case files and prepares reports as required including OASIS and other local software programs.
  • Requires the ability to work collaboratively with community-based agencies, police department and health care providers and court personnel so that the team works as one in the best interest of the familys needs and wants.
  • Provides crisis intervention when necessary.
  • Requires the ability to climb stairs, bend, push, pull and lift up to 35 lbs.
  • Requires a valid drivers license.
  • Requires strong facilitation skills.
Education/Experience

Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in a Human Services field or minimum of a Bachelor's degree in any field and minimum of two years of appropriate and related experience in a Human Services area (Section 22VAC40-670-20 of the Administrative Code of Virginia). Possession of a BSW or MSW degree and a Commonwealth of Virginia Social Worker license are desirable.

No experience required.

Additional Information & Requirements
  • Valid Driver's License may be required depending on assignment.
  • Successful completion of State mandated training within the first 24 months of employment.

Keywords: City of Norfolk, Norfolk , Family Service Worker, Other , norfolk, Virginia

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