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A Child Safety Specialist offers valuable support and assistance to children and families in need. This role will require good time management and critical thinking skills. A Child Safety Specialist assesses child safety and risk while working with families, agencies and the courts for case planning. This is a fast paced environment which requires organization, a high degree of expertise and skill in maintaining established quality and accuracy in work assignments.
Currently there are two different types of Child Safety Specialists: Investigative and Ongoing
During your career as a Child Safety Specialist, you will be eligible for incremental pay increases at 22 weeks ($18.54/hour), 1 year ($20.51/hour), and 3 years of service ($22.56/hour)
- Respond to reported allegations of child abuse and/or neglect.
- Conduct interviews with parents, caregivers, children, and other stakeholders to evaluate allegations in the report.
- Engage with family members to identify supports and resources to help children remain safely in the home.
- When unable to safely remain in home, facilitate removal and placement of child(ren)into an alternative and least restrictive placement (kinship placement, foster home, or group home).
- Engage families to identify needs as a team.
- Ensure services and supports are in place to facilitate meaningful behavioral changes that address safety and risk concerns.
- Team with community partners and contracted agencies to help families build and achieve safe home environments for children.
- Participate in team meetings to follow-up on individual and case progress.
- Continuously assess child safety and risk.
- Exhibit accountability while documenting client activity to ensure accuracy and consistency.
- Advocate with families to support change throughout the life of the case while working to achieve permanency.
- Assessing child safety and risk
- Conducting interviews and gathering information
- Attending Court hearings
- Preparing case plans and conducting case plan staffing
- Authoring professional reports and filling-out documentation
- Coordinating and monitoring services
- Confidential principles; behavior modification, conflict resolution and counseling principles and techniques; intervention techniques; interviewing procedures; child development, family systems, family centered practice; behavioral indicators of mental health disturbance, impact of abuse and neglect, separation and loss issues and child welfare practices; organizational values and vision and their compatibility with personal values.
- Being sensitive to others’ needs, feelings and cultures; and being understanding and helpful; accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations; being adaptable, to take on responsibilities and challenges and to make decisions
- Be thorough in completing work tasks; lead, take responsibility; analyze information and use logic to address work-related issues and problems; recognize and address substance abuse issues in adults and children and develop necessary intervention strategies; prepare detailed documentation of client and professional contact to ensure records are accurately conveyed and reported; enter, retrieve and correct data in an automated system; to work overtime and scheduled standby duty as needed.
Company: State of Arizona
Vacancy Type: Full Time
Job Functions: Other
Job Location: Gilbert, AZ, US
Application Deadline: N/A