One Arrow First Nation
POSITION: Kinship Liaison Worker
REPORTING TO: DIRECTOR OF CHILD SAFETY SERVICES
The Kinship Liaison Worker will work closely with the community Prevention and Child Safety Services and Prevention Departments and Saskatchewan Tribal Council to focus on navigation of external agencies as a means to address apprehension and reunification of families and children.
When required, Kinship Liaison Worker will assist in locating and supporting kinship and resource placements.
They will be reporting to the Director of Child and Safety Services with an overall accountability to the One Arrow First Nation.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Conduct interviews with the child/youth, the referral source, their caregiver(s), initially identified relatives, and other identified individuals;
- Diligently continue to identify, locate, and engage additional relatives or other important people in the child/youth’s life;
- Work with families utilizing a family team decision making framework including applicable policy and procedures/process to identify kinship options for children;
- Arrange family case conferences or circles and ensure barriers to participating are removed for extended family;
- Complete assessments of children’s needs; determine the expectations of the kinship caregivers to respond to the needs in collaboration with the Case Management Workers;
- Ensure the completion of all kinship home studies, including security checks, safety assessments of kinship care providers and extended family members;
- Collaborate with the Case Management Workers, the kinship family and the parents to establish and implement child specific case plans;
- Advocate, develop and coordinate culturally appropriate activities and initiatives and support for kinship families;
- Maintain kinship caregiver files, case notes and frontline database information;
- Educate kinship caregivers on Legislative requirements and community policies and procedures to ensure that standards are met;
- Provide direction and assistance to resource and kinship caregivers when completing required documentation;
- Manage kinship caregivers’ performance concerns, locating appropriate training and community resources;
- Build caregiver capacity within the community
- Collect, organize, and prepare verbal and written reports and genograms regarding pertinent family information;
- Provide expertise/consultation, education, and training about the Family Finding Program and services to internal staff and external resource partners;
- Attend agency culture camps and cultural training;
- Deliver all work in accordance with the Acts, Regulations, policies and procedures;
- Assist individuals inquiring to become resource and/or caregivers;
Knowledge & Skills:
- Knowledge and understanding of Bill C-92, Child Welfare Management and The Child and Family Services Act.
- Demonstrated understanding of Aboriginal communities; knowledge and awareness of the diverse cultures and backgrounds of the urban Aboriginal population.
- Good understanding of the issues relating to placement of children in alternate placement, especially kinship placements.
- Capacity to assess risk, harm and danger to children.
- Strong mediation and conflict resolution skills.
- Ability to be flexible with hours of work.
- Strong organizational and communication skills and reporting capabilities.
- Ability to be flexible with hours of work.
- Understand family dynamics, human growth and behavior, normal child development and domestic violence.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills; organizational skills; ability to multitask and prioritize; initiative and respect for confidentiality.
- Ability to work in a team setting.
- Knowledge of applicable child and family services, community policies and procedures and the spectrum of services provided.
- Effective counselling, crisis intervention and problem-solving skills.
- Demonstrated understanding, and commitment to integrating the Child and Family Services and values into practice, service and relationships.
- Demonstrated understanding of workplace Health and Safety practices and understanding of an employee’s responsibility under current legislation.
- Ability to work effectively with all levels of staff, to maintain effective communication and working relationships, demonstrating strong interpersonal skills, tact, sensitivity and build string internal relationships.
Qualifications and Education:
- B.S.W or B.I.S.W or equivalent combination of relevant experience and education in the Social Services field.
- Minimum 1 year of related experience – Child Welfare experience would be an asset.
- Class 5 Driver’s License and access to a reliable vehicle are required for this position.
- Must submit a satisfactory criminal record check (CPIC) and vulnerable sector check (VSC).
- Preference shall be given for persons of First Nations or Aboriginal heritage who meet the educational requirements, or who have alternate, equivalent education, and experience.
- Full-time position
- Competitive salary and benefits package
This position is stationed at One Arrow First Nation, which is located 100 kilometers north of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
How to APPLY:
Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2023
Please apply through EMAIL in confidence with a cover letter, resume, a CPIC & VSC and three professional references to:
Arlene Matchap, Human Resources Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
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