STATE CLASSIFICATION JOB DESCRIPTION
Salary Group B18
Class No. 5027
CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES SPECIALIST V
Performs advanced (senior-level) child protective services work. Work involves obtaining information and investigating and analyzing protective services problems, taking corrective action for children, and overseeing and evaluating casework activities. May assign and/or supervise the work of others. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED
Oversees and evaluates protective services and activities.
Oversees child adoption or foster home studies.
Coordinates the investigation of complaints alleging illegal child care and of standards violations in licensed and registered child care facilities, and documents finding of investigations.
Provides consultative services and technical assistance on protective services.
Approves the movement of children into or out of placement.
Conducts special projects to define program issues.
Reviews referrals and makes case assignments.
Instructs staff on work methods, organization procedures, and case documentation techniques.
Develops community resources to serve the needs of clients and participates in community awareness activities.
Develops policies and procedures.
Gathers and interprets statistics; and prepares reports on statistics, protective services, and activities.
Testifies in court.
May assign and/or supervise the work of others.
Performs related work as assigned.
GENERAL QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES
Experience and Education
Experience in social work. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in social work, counseling, early childhood education, psychology, criminal justice, elementary or secondary education, or a related field is generally preferred. Experience and education may be substituted for one another.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of the laws and regulations related to child care, abuse, and neglect; of child development principles and theories; of community social services resources; of the laws and regulations related to child protective services; and of crisis intervention techniques.
Skill in interviewing.
Ability to conduct investigations; to develop client programs; to evaluate living conditions; to prepare reports; to testify in court; to develop community resources; to develop policies, procedures, and standards; to communicate effectively; and to assign and/or supervise the work of others.
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