Job Description & Requirements
Learn about the education and preparation needed to become a Child Protective Services social worker. Get a quick view of the requirements as well as details about degree programs, job duties and licensure to find out if this is the career for you.
CPS social workers are responsible for accessing, identifying and documenting abuse and neglect cases and finding the appropriate services to enhance child welfare. CPS social workers must be able to identify immediate threats made to a child and provide arrangements that comply with state and federal laws and agency procedures. These duties may include, but are not limited to:
•Providing counselling and support services to children and parents
•Referring children and families to other services if necessary
•Placing children in foster care
•Finding adoptive homes for children with no adult caretakers
CPS social workers are expected to have an extensive educational background and clinical experience before they can begin working with families in crisis. Requirements vary by state, but typically include a post secondary degree, state licensing and professional certification.
While academic requirements may vary by state, most employers prefer applicants to have at least a bachelor's degree in social work from an accredited school. An academic background in psychology, counselling or a related field may also be suitable.
Some agencies may offer on-the-job training to those in entry-level positions, however many prefer applicants with previous experience in social work or those who have completed an intern-ship program in social work through an accredited school. Employers may also prefer those with strong communication skills and fluency in another language.
License and Certification
Licensing requirements vary by state; although most states require at least two years of supervised clinical training. Other requirements for license may include a bachelor's or master's degree in social work and skills assessment examinations.
Professional organizations, such as the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), offer various levels of certification for social workers. The NASW has two designations for social workers who work primarily with children and families, Certified Children, Youth and Family Social Worker.
include a post secondary degree from a Council on Social Work Education accredited education program, clinical experience and a supervisor recommendation. Continuing education credits are required to keep certification and some state licenses valid.
*Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
*Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others * Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
*Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - *Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
*Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
* Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
*Making Decisions and Solving Problems *Analysing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
*Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
* Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources.
* This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
*Assisting and Caring for Others
* Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as co-workers, customers, or patients.
*Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
* Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
*Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
*Interacting With Computers
* Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
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