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CHILD PROTECTION SPECIALIST – 0716300

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

Job description

Under direction of the team supervisor, receives and investigates reports of child abuse and neglect within mandated time limits; assesses immediate safety of children and initiates appropriate levels of protection needed; conducts home evaluations, observing family situations relating to allegations of abuse and neglect; interviews clients and professionals to obtain information for the purposes of making a finding and determining protection and service needs; conducts service assessments; on a rotating basis, assigned to 24 hour “on call” duty in addition to normal assignments; prepares investigation reports; selects, summarizes, and presents case material for transfer to permanency caseworker or community agencies; determines the need for and coordinates the placement of children in substitute care facilities.

 

  • Receives and investigates reports of alleged child abuse/neglect within mandated time limits; assesses immediate safety of children and initiates appropriate levels of child protection needed; drives to conduct home evaluations, observing family situations relating to allegations of child abuse/neglect; interviews clients and professionals to obtain information for purposes of making a finding on the allegations and determining protection and service needs; conducts service assessments; provides information and referral services to community agencies, purchase of service agencies, and the permanency unit; briefly monitors families referred to community services; on a rotating basis, assigned to 24 hour “on call” duty in addition to normal assignments, to ensure that services are provided as mandated by statute and policy. 
  • Prepares investigation reports for assessing validity of reports of allegations; completes forms authorizing payment for services provided to clients; prepares other statistical and narrative reports, which include documentation in the Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System; completes service assessments and opens case records. 
  • Selects, summarizes, and presents case material for transfer to permanency caseworker or community agencies; attends supervisory conferences and consults with other disciplines regarding casework planning; makes recommendations for additional follow-up services.

 

(Job Responsibilities continued)

  • Determines the need for and coordinates the placement of children in substitute care facilities; provides recommendations and testifies in court regarding investigative findings. 
  • Attends multi-disciplinary diagnostic and technical staff conferences to assess needed services; develops and maintains working relationships with community and other state agencies; explains agency responsibilities to the community.
  • Transports clients when taking protective custody, when placing them in substitute care, and when changing placement location; transports clients to appointments (i.e., court hearings, medical appointments, counseling sessions, police station, etc.) and to necessitate the delivery of client services. 
  • Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Requires working knowledge of the basic principles and techniques in a child welfare field.
  • Requires working knowledge of the Department of Children and Family Services rules and regulations as they apply to child abuse/neglect investigation.
  • Requires working knowledge of child growth and development.
  • Requires ability to assess home situations and family relationships for child abuse/neglect.
  • Requires ability to write reports.
  • Requires ability to successfully complete agency-sponsored training programs and meet mandated licensure requirements.
  • Requires ability to relate positively with people.
  • Some positions may require candidates to possess specific effective communication skills such as, but not limited to, Braille, sign language or another form of manual communication.

 

Physical Requirements

  • Requires physical, visual and auditory ability to carry out assigned duties.

 

Employment Conditions

  • Requires ability to satisfactorily pass an in-depth background check as a condition of employment.
  • Requires possession of a valid driver’s license, daily access to an automobile, and proof of vehicle insurance.

 

Education Degree

  • Preferably requires a master’s degree in social work;
  • OR
  • Requires a master’s degree in a related human service field, in criminal justice, criminal justice administration, or law enforcement and one year of directly related professional experience;
  • OR
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in social work and one year of directly related professional experience;
  • OR
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in a related human service field, in criminal justice, criminal justice administration, or law enforcement and two years of directly related professional experience.

 

Education Major

  • social work
  • or a related human service field, in criminal justice, criminal justice administration, or law enforcement

 

Work Hours:  8:30am – 5pm Mon – Fri.
Work Location: 401 Brown St Bloomington, IL 61701-3720

Closing Date/Time:  02/03/2022
County:  McLean
Number of Vacancies:  1

Bid ID Number:  2285004-856989 (5764)

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