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Social Worker-Protective Services CPS

at Guilford County Schools

Pay: up to $46392/year
$46392 - $
Posted: 10/7/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 1804183

Job Description

Overall Job Objective




Employees in this class may be assigned to either a Children or Adult Care Team. Work is supervised by a Social Work Program Manager who reports to the Social Services Division Director.


This is advanced level social work involving the provision of direct and indirect casework to children and adults requiring protective services. Cases in these areas require an immediate response to a crisis situation for the client. Consequently, the social worker must be able to analyze the situation and determine an appropriate course of action in a short time span. There are, additionally, legally mandated time spans in which action must be taken in protective services investigation cases.

Examples of Duties


Essential Duties and Tasks
Employees may be assigned to one of the following areas:

Foster Care/Guardianship

  • Responsible for ensuring safe, permanent and nurturing families for children/adults who are in DSS custody  and for whom DSS has placement responsibility.
  • Responsible for providing services to strengthen, preserve and/or reunite families by helping them to  improve the conditions that caused Agency intervention.
  • Responsible for ensuring appropriate temporary living arrangements for children in DSS custody and  achieving an alternative safe, permanent home for children that cannot return home.


  • Responsible for helping children, whose parents are incapable of assuring continuing parental  responsibilities, to become a part of a new family by finding an appropriate home for them.
  • Responsible for recruiting of potential adoptive families and providing on-going services (supervision) to  adoptive children and adoptive parents that will provide for their needs and protect the interests of all  parties to an adoption.
  • Responsible for providing treatment services to families and children who have been substantiated for  abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation.
  • Responsible for providing treatment services to children determined to be in need of protection, with the  goal of preventing out of home placement or if out of home placement cannot be prevented, provide the  necessary services to affect an appropriate placement.
  • Responsible for making prompt and thorough investigations when a report of abuse, neglect, or dependency is  received by the department.
  • Responsible for ascertaining the facts of the case, the extent of the abuse or neglect, and the risk of  harm to juvenile/adult, in order to determine whether protective services should be provided or the  complaint filed as a petition.
  • Responsible for following the procedures and guidelines as provided by the State of NC and the legal  system.
Family Recruitment Trainer
  • Responsible for the recruitment, training and retention of families interested in providing foster or  adoptive homes for Guilford County children /adults needing temporary or permanent homes.  Primary  responsibilities include community education, training families in the foster and adoptive processes,  licensing homes, and development of recruitment strategies.



Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Through knowledge of policy and procedure by citing the governing authority.
  • Ability to deal with families and the public who may not agree with the law, rules or policy of the  process.
  • Ability to use advanced case management interview techniques to establish a supportive casework  relationship and to involve families in a joint assessment of the initial need for services.
  • Ability to quickly assess environment during daytime hours, after dark and in high crime neighborhoods.
  • Ability to provide written documentation in case records.
  • Ability to provide expert resolution skills in negotiation of most complex cases.
  • Ability to analyze child developmental/adult safety issues in relationship to risk factors.
  • Ability to analyze situations as to whether or not removal of children/adults is necessary, especially in  intense situations with limited direct information and also in situations with limited consultative  resources.

Typical Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications
  • MSW-Child Welfare collaborative (child welfare positions only)
  • MSW from an accredited school of social work and one year directly related experience
  • BSW – Child Welfare Collaborative and one year of directly related experience
  • BSW from an accredited school of social work and two years of directly related experience
  • Four year degree in a human service field from an accredited college/university and three years directly related experience
  • Four year degree from an accredited college/university and four years directly related experience
  • Masters degree in counseling from an accredited college/university in a human services field and two years directly related experience.
  • Must have a current valid driver's license. A motor vehicle record (MVR), background check, and drug screening will be conducted on candidates considered for positions.

Supplemental Information

TRANSCRIPTS ARE REQUIRED.  Copy of transcript must be submitted with application. Official college transcripts required at time of hire. Please send transcripts to: Guilford County DHHS/HR, c/o Yolanda Ewing, 1203 Maple St., Greensboro, NC  27405 or attach a copy to your online application.

Specific assignments vary within Child Welfare Services. Applicants may be considered for any available vacancy. All positions subject to after hours on call duty. Assignments may include: Foster Care, Adoptions, Treatment, Investigations, Family Recruitment Trainer, Placements, Facilitator, Intensive Residential Youth Services, and Intake.