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Operating hours for the Marion County Child Abuse Hotline are 24 hours per day / 7 days per week.
Position serves as Intake Specialist responsible for receiving and assessing allegations of child abuse or neglect and responding to inquires from the public regarding DCS and/or child abuse and neglect situations. Position reports to the Hotline/Intake Supervisor. The overall purpose of the position is to serve as a front-line contact receiving reports of child abuse and neglect with the goal of protecting children from such abuse and neglect.
Essential Job Responsibilities:
Assesses verbal and written allegations and reports of child abuse or neglect and assigns appropriate risk level and investigation priority.
Evaluates the urgency or seriousness of allegations based on reported information and assigns risk level, which determines the DCS response time.
Notifies supervisor when determining the information reported indicates a high risk situation.
Determines whether reported information meets criteria for DCS investigation or should be referred to the appropriate agency/jurisdiction.
Researches appropriate information systems to determine prior history to assist in the safety and risk assessment of alleged victim.
Assigns and forwards cases to appropriate DCS county office or law enforcement agency for investigation.
Enters reports in the appropriate information system.
Gathers information and consults with supervisor regarding child death reports.
Maintains liaison with field Caseworkers, Child Abuse Hotline Supervisor, other DCS staff, and other interested parties in both the public and private sectors.
Ensures each call and associated documentation is processed and completed with established time parameters.
Effectively manages the interview process.
Answers questions related to the role and function of DCS and child welfare laws, policies, procedures, and practices.
Refers reporting source to other appropriate resources, agencies, organizations, etc. when information reported is not appropriate for DCS investigation.
Answers emergency calls.
Represents DCS to the public.
Documents all calls in the automated information system.
Identifies and process information to be cross reported to law enforcement and other DCS and child welfare agencies.
Determines if confidential information may be released according to State and Federal laws and regulations.
The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university is required with at least 15 semester hours or 21 quarter hours in Child Development, Criminology, Criminal Justice, Education, Healthcare, Home Economics, Psychology, Guidance and Counseling, Social Work, or Sociology required.
Bachelor's degree in Social Work or related field.
Prior job experience in child welfare or work with children and families in a social service environment.
BSW and/or MSW degree preferred
Must have ability to:
Continuously evaluate risk.
Recognize indicators of abuse and neglect.
Remain calm and clear-headed in crisis situations.
Apply appropriate interviewing techniques based on the individual case.
Investigate using multiple sources that provide support of recommendations and conclusions.
Make critical decisions independently.
Prepare accurate and detailed documentation of reported information.
Maintain professional boundaries.
Communicate effectively while actively listening to others.
Must have knowledge of:
Federal and State child welfare laws, policies, procedures, and practices.
Normal child development stages, processes, and milestones.
Potential effects of cultural differences on family dynamics.
Roles and responsibilities of juvenile court, law enforcement, hospitals, schools, mental health system, community agencies, and other child welfare professionals.
Physical and behavioral indicators of abuse, neglect, and mental health disturbances.
Appropriate interventions for a variety of behavioral, developmental, and psychological symptoms.
Legal issues and social work principles that effect child welfare practice.
Crisis intervention protocol.
Conflict resolution techniques.
Community resources statewide.
The Indiana Department of Child Services is a drug free work place. Candidates are subject to pre-employment and random drug/alcohol testing.
Second shift (end at 11p.m.)
Overnight schedule that could include a weekend day.
The Indiana Department of Child Services is a drug free workplace. Candidates are subject to pre-employment and random drug/alcohol testing.
This position requires the incumbent to complete a mandatory twelve (12) week training session. The training session will consist of classroom based modules and transfer of learning modules. Classroom instruction will occur in Indianapolis, Indiana and transfer of learning will occur in the local county office.
Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:
The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:
Four (4) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
Wellness program (offers eligibility into a discounted medical plan)
Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
Group life insurance
Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
New Parent Leave
If this is an Intermittent position, the position does not offer benefits and is limited to 180 working days in an eleven (11) month continuous period.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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