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.
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, 2016 and 2017 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.
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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; one additional day of vacation in years 6 through 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
- OMERS 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, 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
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 with financial support to attain additional related skills and to 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 department.
We do not offer placements for students in the Social Service Worker Program.
When starting the process specify your preferred service area, 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 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 three months from the start date of placement.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 agency and services.
- Visit the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) website to learn about their role and child welfare in Ontario.
- 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 and/or volunteer experience, how they cope with stress, how well they manage their time, and what they feel are their strengths and areas to develop.