Child and Youth Worker
The Children's Aid Society of the Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin
Greater Sudbury, ON

JOB FUNCTION:

Under the supervision of the Service Supervisor, the incumbent is responsible to provide Respite care to children / youth with a variety of needs, in the relief home, in the caregiver’s home or in the community.

We are looking for individuals who are able work afternoon or night shifts, Monday to Friday. Afternoon hours are 3:30p.m. – 11:00p.m. and nightshift hours are 11:00p.m. – 8:00 a.m. These hours may be subject to change.

QUALIFICATIONS:

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) preferred;
  • Minimum Two (2) year Social Service Worker (SSW), Child and Youth Worker (CYW) diploma or diploma/degree in the social services field with relevant experience.

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Minimum two (2) years of Child Welfare experience;
  • Related work experience with children and youth in the development and implementation of social and behaviour programs, and their families/caregivers.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITES

  • Assist in the development and delivery of program plans, interact, supervise, and assist children while on the premises and during outings while maintaining the safety of all children.
  • Implement plans to support the child’s integration to the community.
  • Communicate with professional resource personnel and parents as required.
  • Maintain positive interactions with all children; promote independence in all settings.
  • Participate in the assessment, goal setting and progress evaluation of children / youth.
  • Teach children / youth to relate in a socially appropriate manner through the use of daily routines and activities.
  • Monitor clients in a relief setting and ensures their safety and wellbeing.
  • Provide behaviour management counselling to clients on a one-to-one and/or group basis by performing duties such as providing feedback on clients’ behaviour, teaching coping techniques and adaptive behaviour / life skills and providing guidance and support.
  • Develop and implement Safety Plans where necessary that are co-created with caregivers and outline family supports as well.
  • Provide emotional support and crisis intervention & management to clients which may include non-violent physical interventions.
  • Work with parents and caregivers on following through with Service Plan goals and provide information about child development and group programming to enhance parenting knowledge and skills.
  • Ability to develop and maintaining respectful, cooperative working relationships with children, families, communities and service workers to promote an integrated, seamless delivery of service;
  • Plan, participate and coordinate therapeutic recreational and social programming for the children and youth in the residence; including cultural teachings and programming and all aspects of outdoor treatment. Emphasis will be placed on cultural traditions, values and land based activities;
  • Observe and record details of all contacts with children, families and service providers and write reports Participate in case conferences and other case planning meetings.
  • Maintain reports such as statistics, logbooks and daily activities on participants
  • Administer medication to clients in accordance with established policy.
  • Accompany clients to appointments and community outings.
  • Ensure communication and liaison between group home, school, family and the community.
  • Communicate information regarding family progress, changes, and/or case updates to the supervisor and report any information that may impact on the safety and well-being of children.
  • Advise children and families of the agency’s complaint process and report any service-related concerns.
  • Establish and maintain a professional and collaborative liaison with community service providers and stakeholders.
  • Advocate with service providers and other professionals with respect to understanding and meeting the needs of children and families in receipt of services.
  • Comply with all health and safety regulations and safe work practices and procedures; immediately report any hazards to supervisor.
  • Participate, as deemed necessary, in ongoing professional development through coaching, agency training, scheduled supervision and performance appraisal.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations, and Ministry standards (e.g. the Child, Youth and Family Services Act).
  • Good understanding of the Agency’s core values, service philosophy and objectives.
  • Clinical knowledge of child maltreatment, child development, attachment and separation, and family dynamics.
  • Demonstrated clinical counseling skills to provide assessment, engagement and support services to families and children.
  • Demonstrated cultural competency and clinical practice within anti-oppressive framework.
  • Knowledge of evidence informed practice.
  • Familiarity with community resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and within a team.
  • Demonstrated problem solving, planning, priority-setting, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Demonstrated presentation skills to represent the society in the community and legal proceedings.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and collaboration skills to coordinate effectively with a broad variety of community resources.
  • Ability to maintain the appropriate safeguards for the confidentiality of Agency and client information.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced work environment and to deal with stressful situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a vulnerable population which includes working with clients who are dealing with mental health, addiction and poverty issues.
  • Provide a negative Criminal Record Check inclusive of a Vulnerable Sector Screen.
  • Excellent use of English; verbally and written.
  • Excellent French verbal and written skills are considered an asset.
  • Possess and maintain a valid Class “G” Driver’s License and personal insurance coverage with access to a reliable vehicle.
  • Able to work flexible hours and in flexible environments as determined by the Service Manager or designate in relation to service requirements.
  • Complete a medical and receive the required immunizations as recommended by the local medical officer of health.
  • Possess a valid Standard First Aid/CPR Certificate or be willing to obtain one.
  • Successfully complete the Respite Services Training Certificate at www.respitecourse.ca.
  • Successfully complete Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Training provided by the agency. Must be able to perform/implement physical restraint(s) as per Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Training and in accordance with the agency policies and procedures.
  • Successfully complete and maintain certification in the Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS) and other relevant Ministry of Children and Youth Services initiatives.
  • Extensive knowledge and proficient competence of computer software (e.g. Microsoft Office (Excel, Word), Lotus-Notes, FastTrack, CPIN).

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: $41,143.00 to $49,612.00 /year

Experience:

  • Child Welfare: 2 years (Required)