Child Protection Workers
The Children's Aid Society of Toronto
Toronto, ON
Are you looking to join an organization which offers a meaningful JOB OPPORTUNITY within the Child Welfare field? Then CAST is the place for you!

Come join us and work for one of Canada’s and the City of Toronto’s Top Employers. The Children’s Aid Society of (CAST) is proud of their long history of leadership in protecting children and their commitment to the provision of quality service to children and their families. If you are looking to make a difference in the lives of children, we have opportunities for you with excellent remuneration, benefits and vacation entitlements.

CAST is committed to having a workforce that is reflective of the diversity of the City of Toronto and strongly encourages application from all qualified individuals, especially those who can provide different perspectives and contribute to a further diversification of ideas.

Submit your resume now for CURRENT and FUTURE contract opportunities

Positions available with the Children's Aid Society of Toronto include:

INTAKE WORKER

FAMILY SERVICE WORKER

INTAKE WORKER:
The Intake Worker is responsible for completing investigations and assessing the need to ensure safety of children in accordance with provisions of the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, Ministry Standards, Abuse Protocols, risk assessment tool and the Children's Aid Society of Toronto policies and procedures.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

Receives and reviews referrals and requests for service to determine eligibility and jurisdiction. Interviews sources of service referrals/requests to obtain and record detailed intake information. Assesses nature of referral/request and identifies immediacy of intervention required. Refers families to other agencies or community resources, as appropriate.
Conducts investigations including reviewing child protection historical family files, visiting client homes, and interviewing clients, family members and appropriate additional information sources such as school personnel, police and neighbours.
Assesses risk to children based on case investigation. Intervenes in crisis situations and initiates immediate protection action, as required, which may include removal of children at risk to a place of safety or kinship home as mandated by the Child and Family Services Act.
Provides crisis intervention support and short term counselling services for clients. Informs clients of CAST and other community resource services available and supports the empowerment of clients in the development of family support service plans, goals and agreements.
Initiates and facilitates the referral of clients to CAST departments and external community service organizations consistent with the proposed family support service plan. Coordinates service requirements and advocates on behalf of clients to ensure the receipt of appropriate and timely services. Participates in consultations and case conferences with the client and service providers.
Coordinates requirements for court hearings including preparing evidence materials, counselling family members regarding court procedures, reviewing case information with lawyers, and arranging for or notifying witnesses. Appears as a witness in child welfare or juvenile court.
Prepares and ensures accurate, thorough and timely recording of case information including reports, family case histories, correspondence, and legal forms, as required by the Child and Family Services Act and CAST policy. Compiles and completes case file documents for transfer of case to other CAST departments or to close case.
Provides information and advisory services to clients and members of the community regarding the provisions and requirements of the Child and Family Services Act and services/programs of the CAST.
Conducts and participates in physical and sexual abuse investigations, as required. Performs duties as a Family Services Social Worker or a Child Services Social Worker, as assigned.
Works in a safe manner in accordance with the Society’s health and safety policies and procedures and all relevant legislation.
Acts in accordance with and incorporates Society's Code of Ethics, Confidentiality, Anti-Oppression/Anti-Racism, Harassment & Discrimination policies, etc.
Uses sound judgment in consideration of financial resources.
Complies with Society’s financial policies and procedures.
Performs other duties, as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in Social Work (B.S.W.) or Master’s degree (M.S.W.) from a recognized program.
Authorized Child Protection Worker designation, preferred.

Knowledge and Skills
Conceptual framework for the practice of social work, especially crisis theory.
Ability in investigation with a high level of assessment skills.
Ability to be decisive and effective under pressure.
Comfort with and effectiveness in the use of authority.
Ability to write clear and concise case notes, recordings and reports on time.
Ability to communicate effectively with particular emphasis on competence in problem solving and conflict resolution.
Ability to work co-operatively, both in consultation and jointly with other professionals.
Ability to work co-operatively within many teams and to elicit co-operation from others.
Ability to work independently and to take responsibility for one’s own workload.
Ability to manage time well, conducting investigations in a timely manner and completing administrative tasks within specified deadlines.
High energy level and desire for an exceptionally high level of stimulation, variety and change.

Requirements

Valid G or G2 Ontario Driver’s Licence.
Access to a private vehicle for Agency work
Bilingual in English/French, preferred

FAMILY SERVICE WORKER:
The Family Service Worker provides for and promote child safety, well-being, and permanency by conducting protection investigations, carrying out assessments, developing objectives and implementing service plans for children and their families.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:
Conducts child protection investigations including reviewing any relevant child protection records conducting investigative interviews of children, caregivers, other family members and appropriate additional information sources such as school personnel, police and neighbours.
Gathers thorough information and conducts an assessment of the immediate safety of the children at the point of first contact. Intervenes in crisis situations and initiates a range of immediate protective action, as required, which may include movement of children at risk to a place of safety as mandated by the Child, Youth and Family Services Act.
Initiates a relationship with the child and the family to facilitate an accurate and thorough assessment of the family strengths, needs and protection concerns, to develop the service plan in partnership with the family members and their support network and to effectively respond to problems and reduce the potential for risk to the child(ren).
Implements the service plan with the child and family including appropriate management of the therapeutic relationship, providing counselling for the child and the family and conducting ongoing assessment of emerging strengths, any child protection issues and the level of risk to children in the home.
Maximizes the participation of other internal and external service providers as appropriate in the development and review of the service plan through facilitation of internal conferences, referrals, coordination among collateral service providers, and advocacy to ensure the receipt of appropriate and timely services. Leads, facilitates, and participates in consultations, family centred conferences, and case conferences with the client and service providers.
Coordinates requirements for court hearings including preparing evidentiary materials, counselling family members regarding court procedures, reviewing case information with lawyers, and arranging for or notifying witnesses. Appears as a witness in child welfare, juvenile, criminal and youth courts to give evidence in support of the agency’s recommendation and acts as a support and advocate for the child and family. Explores use of Alternatives Dispute Resolution methods.
Assesses and approves kin/kith for out of home placement of child in coordination with the Kinship Department
Determines the need for and recommends admission of children to care as required. Coordinates and facilitates admissions by advising the Placement Department of all relevant case information, preparing required documents, addressing separation issues, and providing support to the child and family in the admission process. Provides information and consultation to Children’s Services Workers and/or Foster Parents regarding case information and the specific needs of children who are being transferred into the Society’s care.
Prepares accurate, thorough and timely recording of case information including reports, family case histories, correspondence, and legal forms, as required by the Child, Youth and Family Services Act and CAST policy.
Provides information and advice to clients and members of the community regarding the provisions and requirements of the Child, Youth and Family Services Act and services/programs of the CAST. Participates in Society and public communication and education activities.
Works in a safe manner in accordance with the Society’s health and safety policies and procedures and all relevant legislation.
Performs duties as an Intake Worker or a Children’s Services Worker, as assigned.
Acts in accordance with and incorporates Society's Code of Ethics, Confidentiality, Anti-Oppression/Anti-Racism, Harassment & Discrimination policies, etc.
Uses sound judgment in consideration of financial resources.
Complies with Society’s financial policies and procedures.
Performs other duties, as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in Social Work (B.S.W.) or Master’s degree (M.S.W.) from a recognized program.
Authorized Child Protection Worker designation, preferred.
Knowledge and Skills

Demonstrated skills in psycho-social assessment, as well as the ability to plan and implement a variety of interventions, make differential use of various treatment modalities and counselling practices;
Demonstrated comfort in the use of authority, and skills in goal directed casework;
Demonstrated ability to write clear and concise reports and to be able to meet deadlines;
Proven ability to handle crises in a calm manner and work co-operatively within a team setting, as well as the ability to elicit co-operation from others;
Effective communication skills and competence in problem-solving and conflict resolution;
Proven ability in using computer software (i.e. AS400, Microsoft Office, Child Protection Information Network (CPIN) and CTC)

Position Requirements

Valid Ontario Driver's Licence
Access to a vehicle for Agency work
Bilingual in English/French, preferred

Anti-Oppression/Anti-Racism at CAST

CAST is committed to having a workforce that is reflective of the diversity of the City of Toronto and strongly encourages application from all qualified individuals, especially those who can provide different perspectives and contribute to a further diversification of ideas.

Accommodation at CAST

We are committed to a selection process and work environment that is inclusive and barrier free. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code. Applicants need to make any accommodation requests for the interview or selection process known in advance by contacting the Human Resources Department at 416-924-4640 x2300. Human Resources will work together with the hiring committee to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation for the selection process which will enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner.

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Apply directly on our website at www.torontocas.ca under the Careers section.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only qualified applicants will be contacted.