POSITION TYPE: One (1) Temporary, Full-Time Position – Up to twelve (12) months
EMPLOYEE GROUP: CUPE Local 2501, Band 6
DEPARTMENT: Community Protection Services
REPORTS TO: Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
POSTING DATE: September 20, 2022
POSTING DEADLINE: Applicants should create an account and apply at https://myavanti.ca/careersathaltoncas/ by September 27, 2022 at 4:30pm
Community Child Protection Workers (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) are responsible for investigating and assessing allegations of children in need of protection as defined by the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017 while supporting diverse children, youth, and families through an equity and inclusion lens.
Working in conjunction with the community, this position provides support to families by providing, arranging, and overseeing culturally relevant services that alleviate the need for protection service. In addition, the Community Child Protection Worker (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) acts as a resource to families, Halton CAS colleagues, school personnel, and other social service agencies within the assigned Halton catchment area.
This role works in compliance with all legislative requirements, Ministry standards, Agency values, and best practice. The incumbent will be required to perform Investigation, Ongoing, and 12-hour response duties depending on service needs.
MAIN DUTIES & RESPONSABILITIES include, but are not limited to:
• Community Child Protection Workers provide protection and community services from the point of referral to case closure
• Assess safety and reduce risk to children in need of protection and respond to the differential needs of families.
• Work to increase the capacity of the community to create a holistic system of support and services.
• In consultation with a Supervisor and Solicitor, initiate Legal Proceedings under the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017.
• Place children in alternative care when necessary.
• Provide services according to professional standards towards the best interests of children, families, and the Agency.
• Provides services in accordance with the Truth and Reconciliation Child Welfare Calls to Action, An Act Respecting First Nations, Inuit and Metis Children Youth and Families, One Vision One Voice Race Equity practices, SOGIE-affirming practices, and the Ontario Human Rights Code.
• Works in accordance with the provisions of applicable Health and Safety legislation and all Halton Children’s Aid Society policies and procedures related to Occupational Health and Safety.
• Performs other duties as assigned which are directly related to the major responsibilities of the position.
KNOWLEDGE, EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES
• Lived experience of the issues facing equity deserving populations, and self-identification from the Black, Indigenous, Person of Colour, or 2SLBTQ+ community. Intersectional identities are considered a strong asset.
• MSW, BSW (preferred) or an alternative degree/diploma from a human services discipline; alternatively, an equivalent combination of education and experience working with equity deserving populations.
• Understanding of Cultural Attachment and permanency through a diversity lens.
• Demonstrated clinical skills in the areas of Trauma and Attachment, Family Centered Practice, engaging family networks and Anti-Oppressive Practice considered an asset.
• Familiarity with provincial child welfare legislation.
• Understanding of the Truth and Reconciliation Child Welfare Calls to Action, An Act Respecting First Nations, Inuit and Metis Children Youth and Families, One Vision One Voice Race Equity practices, recommendations from the Ontario Child Welfare LGBT2SQ+ Organizational Self-Assessment Provincial Report, and the Ontario Human Rights Code.
EQUITY, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION
• Responsive to the knowledge and understanding of the culture, history and current oppressions experienced by marginalized communities and communities that are overrepresented in the child welfare system, including but not limited to, Indigenous, racialized and the 2SLGBTQ+ communities.
• Fosters an inclusive and accessible environment where all employees, service recipients and volunteers are respected
• Strong knowledge, understanding and experience working within an equity and anti-oppressive, anti-racism practice framework, including knowledge of the 11 One Vision One Voice Race Equity practices and the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action
• Strong knowledge of the intricacies of intersectional identities and the forms of oppression that can exist within these communities
• Ensures ethnic, spiritual, linguistic, familial, and cultural differences are respected
• Acts in accordance with and incorporates the Society’s Code of Conduct, Confidentiality, Equal Opportunity and Anti-Discrimination, Harassment & Discrimination policies, etc.
GENERAL SKILLS AND ABILITIES
• Superior written and oral communication and time management skills.
• Knowledge of growth and development of children and common deviations.
• Ability to deal with difficult situations and utilize crisis intervention skills.
• Negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
• Ability to work cooperatively with other agencies, professionals, and colleagues.
• Ability to prioritize workload within competing demands and deadlines.
• Strong attention to detail.
• Valid Ontario Driver’s License and a vehicle available for work purposes.
Halton CAS has a vaccination policy and procedure in place. As a condition of employment, new employees are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 unless they have a valid reason not to be vaccinated based on a protected ground under the Ontario Human Rights Code.
The successful candidate will be made an offer of employment on the condition of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Fully vaccinated is defined as having received all of the required doses of a Health Canada approved vaccine and having received the final dose at least 14 days before your employment start date. The candidate will be asked to provide Halton CAS with proof of full vaccination, prior to the candidate’s employment start date. Acceptable proof includes an Ontario Ministry of Health COVID-19 vaccine receipt which you can obtain through the Provincial portal https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/, or other government-issued vaccine passport or certification.
As described above, the requirement to be fully vaccinated is subject to the Ontario Human Rights Code. If the candidate is unable to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for a reason protected by the Code, requests for accommodation from the vaccine policy will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and will be subject to Halton CAS’ accommodation process.
The Halton Children’s Aid Society is an equal opportunity employer.
The Halton Children’s Aid Society is committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible environment where all employees and members of the public are respected. We are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve.
We thank all applicants for their interest in the Halton Children’s Aid Society, we will only contact those selected for an interview. All interviewed candidates will be asked to provide a minimum of two supervisory references.
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 905-333-4441 ext. 0575. Human Resources will work with the applicant and the interview committee to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation for the selection process which will enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner.