Child and Family Generalist
Athabasca Tribal Council
Fort McMurray, AB

Reporting to the intake Supervisor of Athabasca Tribal Council Child & Family Services., this position requires excellent communication, assessment skills and knowledge of the Casework Practice model. Assessment, engagement and collaboration are the cornerstones of the Model.

The purpose of the Generalist role includes:

  • determine, through the safety and detailed phases, whether a child is safe or is in need of intervention services as defined in the Child Youth and Family Enhancement Act
  • ensure services are provided to children and families through case planning and case conferences to meet the child’s unmet needs
  • can be the sole guardian of children with Permanent Guardianship Order Status and be responsible to plan for each PGO child’s permanent placement as well as work with the child for their transition to adulthood
  • establish or enhance existing relationships and partnerships to enable provision of service to children, youth and families

prepare parents and children for court and prepares all necessary court documents

  • The Generalist practices with considerable independence and is expected to consult with the supervisor at identified decision points of the Casework Practice Model providing rationale for their recommendations
  • Decisions are driven by consideration for the child/youth and their family and the Generalist’s professional judgement within the parameters of the Act, Regulation, Policies and Standards and philosophy of the Casework Practice Model. The position must also be familiar with several other pieces of legislation
  • The duties involve determining urgency of response, gathering assessment information, preparing an analysis of the assessment information, determining the implications for the case planning, making a determination of whether an intervention is required as defined in the Act, establishing the type of service required to meet the needs and urgency of the needs of the child and family and developing the case plan
  • This position impacts children/youth safety and the family’s capacity to provide a safe and stable environment. The position also impacts the community’s knowledge about children in need and the community’s capacity to be a support to the child/youth and family
  • Works with clients and collateral with cross cultural diversity
  • Meets unique needs of each child and their families
  • Utilizes creative ways to engage others to be part of the team (family, service teams)
  • Engages the community to support permanency and case planning goals
  • Leads case conferences with multiple disciplines, professionals, family and other service teams
  • Assesses and analyzes the situation and identifies the correct intervention and supports to meet the needs of each child/youth and their family
  • Continually monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of services and supports for the individual child/youth and their family on a regular basis

General knowledge of:

  • Youth Criminal Justice Act
  • Criminal Code
  • Mental Health Act
  • School Act
  • Indian Act
  • Charter of Rights and Freedom
  • Dependent Adult Act
  • Alberta Health Act


Bachelor of Social Work and 2- 5 years of related experience or equivalency

or Social diploma and 3-6 years of related experience.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Social work: 3 years (Required)