CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES SPECIALIST
Loudoun County
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Post Date: Dec 16, 2021
Job Type: Full Time
Start Date: 12/16/2021
Salary: $57,146-$97,149
Location: US - Virginia - Leesburg
Job Reference: 22-123-0048
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Description
Loudoun County Department of Family Services (DFS) is seeking candidates for two positions: an In-Home Specialist and an Investigative and Assessment Specialist. The successful candidates will join the Child Protective Services (CPS) Unit and a diverse department that envisions better health, safety, and well-being for all. The Department supports individuals and families in the community to live their best lives while advocating for those most vulnerable and respecting their right to self-determination.
This Family Services In-Home Specialist position uses strengths-based and trauma-informed perspectives and evidence-based practices to help families where child abuse or neglect has been substantiated to increase safety and reduce risk of future harm to their children and youth; evaluates purchased services and conducts periodic reviews adhering to all local, state, and federal policies and regulations.
The Family Services Investigative and Assessment Specialist position investigates and assesses child abuse and/or neglect complaints and devises safety and service plans adhering to all local, state, and federal policies, procedures and regulations.
Requires a bachelor's degree in Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, or directly related discipline and three (3) years' post-bachelor's degree professional child welfare or human/social services experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
PREFERRED:
Master's degree in Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, or related field or directly related discipline
Fluency in English and Spanish
Successful candidates will possess a valid resident driver's license and undergo a driving record, child protective services, and criminal background checks.
This position is expected to work beyond normal business hours, including evenings, overnight, weekends, holidays, on a scheduled rotation, or as assigned.
This work is multifaceted, as outlined in its core responsibilities:
-Engage families to improve family safety and encourage participation in services to enhance parenting -skills and family functioning.
-Refer families to appropriate community resources and supportive services
-Conduct joint investigations with law enforcement in situations alleging child abuse or neglect classified as felony or Class 1 misdemeanor.
-Prepare affidavits and testify in court.
Recruitment # 22-123-0048 Visit our on-line employment center at https://www.loudoun.gov/jobs for more information and to apply. EOE


Skills
The CPS Family Services Specialist should possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Knowledge of child protection laws, rules, and regulations.
Knowledge of family dynamics and functioning and human development.
Knowledge of evidence-based practices in child welfare.



Contact Details

City: Leesburg
State/Province: Virginia
Zipcode: 20176
Country: United States