Child Welfare Advocate
Job ID 1798 // Posted September 3, 2019

Reports To: Child Welfare Manager

Major Functions: Acts as a domestic violence collaborator providing support to Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) Child Protection Investigation Division (CPID) and other related entities to increase the safety of child and adult victims of domestic violence and to reduce the number of out-of-home child placements due to domestic violence. Provide community partnership representation, training and community education and client Services.

Illustrative Duties:

  • Provide support to Child Protective Investigators (CPIs) for managing domestic violence cases including discussion of referrals and updates on participant cases.
  • Provide crisis intervention to participants through the following responsibilities:
    • Responds, by phone or on site, to initiate assessment and crisis intervention services for referred families meeting program criteria.
    • Conduct, during the first contact, a preliminary assessment of risk factors related to domestic violence to determine service level needs.
    • Develop and implement a safety plan including the child(ren) based upon findings of preliminary risk assessment to include: temporary shelter, Injunction for Protection, referral to CASA services and other relevant agencies.
    • Assist participants with Victims Compensation, relocation, completing Injunctions for Protection and court accompaniment.
    • Participate in case staffing where appropriate to provide general domestic violence expertise and strategies for working with the family.
  • Provide CPID and other partnering agencies domestic violence training, directly and through state and national experts on the issues most relevant to child protection and domestic violence advocates.
  • Represent CASA at partnership and community meetings and training.
  • Accountable for on time and accurate data collection and programmatic reporting for the department.

Qualifications:

  • Possess a Bachelor’s Degree in related human services or equivalent life experiences.
  • Experience working with survivors of domestic violence or other crisis experience preferred
  • Have the ability to function independently and work cooperatively as a team member
  • Knowledge of community resources and the ability to maintain working relationships with other agencies
  • Advanced communication skills, written and oral, and capable of addressing small and large audiences
  • Demonstrate a history of regular work attendance
  • Be willing to drive agency vehicles
  • Possess a valid Florida Drivers License and provide proof of auto insurance to be verified annually
  • Agree to a background check and be fingerprinted upon employment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to climb stairs and lift at least 50 pounds

 

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