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Child Protection Worker - Screening

Child Protection Worker - Screening
Calendar Icon May 14, 2024
Time Clock Full Time
Map Pin Hamilton, ON


Reporting to: Supervisor, Screening

Type of Posting: Existing Vacancy

Job Location: This position will be based at our office

Classification: Full Time Permanent

Salary Range:  $64,174 - $87,092 per annum

Starting Date:  As soon as possible

Application deadline: 11:59 PM, Sunday June 2, 2024. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Application Procedure:  Apply through the Career section of our website:



Guided by Catholic values and teachings, we serve and offer bilingual (English/French) service to children, youth and families within the Hamilton community to protect their safety and well-being, strengthen families and nurture lifelong relationships.

The Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton is committed to having a workforce that is reflective of the diversity of the city of Hamilton and strongly encourages applications from all qualified individuals, especially those who can provide different perspectives and contribute to a further diversification of ideas. 

Qualified candidates must have the skills and knowledge needed to work with an increasingly diverse population as well as knowledge of inequities, how they are perpetuated, and the skills to address them, specific to the requirements of the job.

We are currently hiring for a Full Time Permanent Child Protection Worker - Screening.



  • As a member of a team, ensures all services are carried out in accordance with the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (Ministry), licensing requirements as per Quality Standard Framework regulations and accreditation standards and agency policies.
  • Gathers information from community members through telephone calls, in-person, etc. about child protection concerns and documents the information according to agency policy and practice.
  • Determines eligibility and response times during consultation with Supervisors.
  • Communicates directly with service recipients, community service providers and support networks to develop robust assessments and mitigate child protection concerns.
  • Utilizes a strength-based approach to identify the strengths and needs of families.
  • Advocate with, and make referrals to, service providers and other professionals with respect to understanding and meeting the needs of our clients.
  • Directs and manages coverage calls for protection and permanency services.
  • Leads and participates in consultations and case conferences.
  • Documents in CPIN a record of all contacts, interventions, supervisor consultation as well as maintaining a record of all relevant reports and correspondence.
  • Observe, report and record details of contacts with clients. To review case documentation and report on cases to Supervisor on a regular basis.
  • Attends unit meetings, participate in unit program evaluation and development and to keep current on professional development opportunities.
  • Actively participates and attends prepared for regular supervision. Ensures supervisor is made aware of case management issues and concerns, client contacts, standard compliance and paperwork and recordings.
  • Plans and schedules duties in an organized manner to ensure priorities and deadlines are met.



  • Masters of Social Work (MSW) or Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree.
  • 1-3 years of experience in a child welfare agency is desired; preference will be given to those that are an authorized Child Protection Worker.
  • Able to affirm and integrate in the delivery of services the Society values which reflect the Agency’s Catholic faith, heritage, culture and traditions.
  • Demonstrated experience and skills working with diverse ethnic and racial communities.
  • Demonstrated capacity and ability in the following areas:
    • Forensic and clinical interviewing, reasoning and assessment skills;
    • Tact and diplomacy, with the ability to be decisive and effective under pressure;
    • Work effectively and strategically in a multi-disciplinary team;
    • Superior communication and presentation skills;
    • Ability to liaise and bridge services;
    • Excellent crisis intervention skills;
    • Excellent time management skills.
  • It is essential that the incumbent be comfortable with engaging and working with challenging men and women.
  • Demonstrated skills in psycho-social assessment, ability to plan and implement a variety of interventions, make differential use of various treatment modalities and counseling practices.
  • An understanding of social casework principles as they relate to service delivery to families and children. Experience working with children and families facing multiple challenges.
  • Conceptual framework for the practice of social work.
  • Ability to write timely, clear, concise case notes, recordings and reports.
  • Effective time management skills, conducting investigations in a timely manner and completing administrative tasks within specified deadlines.
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills to establish and maintain open, trusting and approachable relationships with adolescents through outreach and youth engagement strategies.
  • Ability to effectively engage with families, youth, and children.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skillful use of signs of safety.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to, and work ethic in leadership and role models behaviours that demonstrates the Mission and Vision of the Catholic Children’s Aid Society.
  • Respectful and compassionate demeanor.
  • Knowledge and commitment to anti-oppressive/anti-racist philosophy.
  • Lived experience as a member of an equity seeking group is preferred.


Additional Requirements for this Position:

  • Computer literate with demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft office and proprietary child welfare systems and programs.
  • Able to affirm and integrate in the delivery of services the Society values which reflect the Agency’s Catholic faith, heritage, culture and traditions.
  • Bilingual French/English is an asset
  • At the time of hire, documents required will include:
    • Police clearance
    • Provincial Child Protection Record Check
    • Valid Ontario Driver’s license and acceptable drivers abstract.

Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton is committed to ensuring a unbiased selection process that values equity, diversity and inclusion and reflects the Hamilton Catholic community that we serve. 

In order to minimize interviewer bias we have incorporated the following into our selection process:

  1. We will have our interview panel score written assignments blind to eliminate bias
  2. We will seek out recent examples on behavior-based questions during the interview process
  3. We will review a candidate’s lived experience during the interview and when assessing staffing needs
  4. We provide accommodations in accordance with AODA and the Ontario Human Rights Code
  5. We will hold your application in strict and professional confidence

We are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to building on inclusive process that respects the dignity and independence of people with disabilities. If you require a disability related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please inform Human Resources at the time when you are invited for an interview




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