Partner Agency Posting: Safety Support Worker

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The employee in this position is expected to work flexible hours and provide ongoing support to children and families served by the Child Welfare System in Alachua County. The Safety Support Worker is required to demonstrate skills in identifying safety and/or risk factors for children in complex families. This position requires the ability to think critically and exercise good judgment in ensuring all necessary actions are being taken and the case manager and supervisors are informed at all times.  The person holding this position must be able to assess stress levels, triggers and safety concerns within the homes they provide service to.  The employee understands they will be working with individuals identified as being in potentially high risk situations and that are being provided CMO supervision.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Works in conjunction with case manager to monitor safety plan compliance with Safety Management cases, as well as non-judicial and potential judicial cases.
  • Assists the families in finding informal safety monitors and familial supports.
  • Reports to the case manager and supervisor with any concerns or needs of the family.
  • Monitors the day to day effectiveness or need for change of safety plans.
  • May provide transportation on an as needed basis.
  • Attends staffings, provides input and communicates regularly with the team.
  • Provides support to case managers and other staff by taking initiative and assisting where they are able.

This list of essential functions is not intended to be exhaustive. Family Preservation Services of Florida reserves the right to revise this job description as needed to comply with actual and contractual job requirements.

Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum of AA and some human service experience.
  • Bachelors preferred.
  • CWCM and two years of experience with dependency system preferred.

Language Skills:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret regulatory documents, contracts, and policies.  Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from management and staff.   Ability to effectively present information to management and employees.

Reasoning Ability – Same as above

This position requires the ability to think critically and exercise good judgment in ensuring all necessary actions are being taken and the case manager and supervisors are informed at all times.  The person holding this position must be able to assess stress levels, triggers and safety concerns within the homes they provide service to.

Certificates, Licenses, and Registrations:
This position requires the following credentials:

  • Valid driver’s license in good standing.
  • Required Vehicle insurance

Other Qualifications:
This position requires the following additional qualifications.

  • Knowledge of law and legal procedures
  • Knowledge of legal terminology
  • Ability to work as a team member
  • Organizational skills
  • Communication skills
  • Computer skills
  • Ability to work flexible hours
  • Sensitivity to the cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of the agency’s staff and clients
  • Adherence to professional ethics
  • Respond to all assignments timely and present professionally
  • Ability to observe and assess staff’s abilities in interacting appropriately and effectively with families, children, community resources, service providers, and other professionals.
  • Ability to conduct thorough case staffings and other meetings.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, hear, and read.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.  This position requires safe driving skills.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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