If you are up to the challenge of a career in child welfare, you can make a great difference in the lives of a children, youth and families. See below for a list of current opportunities and information about working at Durham CAS.
We are pleased to offer opportunities for students seeking placements. We accept students in various programs, but unfortunately we do not offer placements for students in the Social Service Worker Program.
Find more detailed information about our student placement process below.
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We are committed to a selection process and work environment that is inclusive and barrier-free. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.
In 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Durham CAS was one of the recipients of the Region of Durham’s Healthy Workplace Award of Excellence at the Gold Level. In 2013 and 2016, Durham CAS was recognized as one of five best practicing medium sized Canadian organizations supporting Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month.
Deadline for Application: June 29, 2018
Current Salary Range: $66340 - $79543 / year
There is a temporary full-time Kinship Worker position available for a period of up to December 31, 2018. The start date will be in consultation with the immediate supervisor.
The primary objective of the Kinship Worker is to facilitate the successful placement of children with kith and kin. This may include conducting a search for potential kith and kin through file reviews, web searches, and interviews of people connected to the child; a kinship care (SAFE) and/or kinship service assessment and to support the kin family to ensure the needs of the child are met.
A B.S.W. or equivalent. A BA in a Social Science with 6 months full-time direct CAS experience or 2 years related experience working with families and/or children (e.g. court clinics, residential programs, probation). Minimum one year related experience. Proficiency in a second language an asset. A Valid driver's license with access to a vehicle required. Plus demonstrated skills and knowledge of:
the child welfare system and legal processes, including kinship care and service regulations and standards; child development, child management, family access issues, individual and family dynamics; comprehensive understanding of the impact of separation and loss on children and families and an ability to assist children and families in coping with these issues; family assessment and diagnosis, goal setting, implementing service plans, contracting and advocacy for clients; child behavior management techniques as they pertain to developmental stages of children/youth who may have experienced child maltreatment, and an ability to transfer this knowledge to kinship families.
Proficiency in a second language an asset.
A Valid driver's license with access to a vehicle required
Resumes and cover letters should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can mail your application to:
1320 Airport Blvd
What Can We Offer You?
We offer competitive salaries and an excellent benefits package.
Our benefits package includes:
- Four weeks vacation per year for the first 5 years of employment; 1 additional day of vacation in year 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 for a total of five weeks vacation in year 10.
- Short-term sick leave and long-term sick leave benefits.
- Extended health care and dental coverage plans.
- Employee Assistance Program
- O.M.E.R.S. Pension Plan
Not all staff members are full-time employees. We do offer temporary, casual, and part-time positions, depending on the needs of the Society.
If you are relocating from a distance greater than 300 km away, we provide monetary assistance to successful applicants.
We provide a comprehensive training and orientation program, including on-the-job training.
In addition, we provide an in-house training calendar that is developed yearly, and opportunities to attend external training and development courses.
All child protection workers are required to attend competency training through the provincial Ontario Child Protection Training Program.
Ontario Child Protection Training Program
All newly hired child protection workers are required to complete the Ontario Child Protection Training Program. This program begins immediately upon hiring and is completed within 3 to 6 months.
The program includes training modules on the following:
- The evolution and context of child welfare
- Orientation, eligibility, and investigation
- The Risk Assessment Model for child protection in Ontario, Part 1
- The impact of maltreatment on growth and development
- Identifying and responding to child maltreatment
- Child protection assessment, Risk Assessment Model, Part 2
- Plan of service and ongoing reviews, Risk Assessment Model, Part 3
- Child and Family Services Act and legal services in child welfare
- Interviewing children
- Attachment, separation, and placement
- Children in care
- Intervention to increase parental effectiveness
This program is provided by attendance at in-class sessions and by self-study using interactive electronic media.
The previous experience and training of newly hired protection workers will be assessed to determine the OCPTP training requirements. A new worker’s previous experience and training may reduce the number of modules required.
Staff Development Program
We support the ongoing development of our staff by offering financial support to those who wish to attain additional related skills and broaden their career options.
Student Placement Program
We provide placement opportunities for Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work students in the following service departments:
- Child and Youth (young children or youth preparing to exit care)
- Protection (intake or family service)
- Residential (foster care, kinship care, adoption, placement, family support, family access)
- Quality Assurance (research projects, audits, policy development, program evaluation)
We also offer placement opportunities for Child and Youth Worker diploma or degree students in our Child and Youth Services (young children or youth preparing to exit care) department. We do not offer placements for students in the Social Service Worker Program.
When starting the process specify which service area is of interest, we will then find a match with a staff mentor from that service area. After a successful interview, the student will be invited to an orientation session.
Please note, students are expected to prepare thoroughly for the interview. We treat students professionally, and their interviews are similar to those we conduct with potential new hires.
You must submit a police check with the vulnerable sector completed. We require an original copy of a recent police check, no older than 3 months from the start date of placement. (For residents of Durham Region, the police station on Taunton Road at Anderson in Whitby has been processing them the day that they are requested. Those living outside of Durham Region must attend a police station in their area, and the process can take time.) We reimburse for the cost of the police check (receipt required).
Please ensure that we know the start and end dates for placement, the number of hours that need to be completed, as well as the days of the week the student will be at the agency working on their placement hours.
If interested, please submit a resume and a cover letter to Paula Anderson at email@example.com
‘Helpful hints’ for a successful interview:
- Bring three references to the interview. References must be from (present work) direct supervisors, (past work) direct supervisors, coaches or professors. We will follow up with them.
- It is a good idea to read through our website to learn more about our services
- Visit the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) website to learn about their role
- It is advantageous for students to be prepared to articulate why they want to complete a placement at Durham CAS, what they know about the agency, their related work/volunteer experiences, how they cope with stress, how well they manage their time, and what they feel are their strengths and areas to develop.