- Use your child welfare expertise to make a lasting difference in Vancouver’s Indigenous community!
- Receive competitive salary of $59,288.72 to $75,844.38 PLUS a comprehensive benefits package!
- Take on a challenging role that provides membership in the Public Service Pension Plan!
At VACFSS, we ensure that the rights, safety, well-being and spirit of Indigenous children and families are upheld, honoured and protected. We strive to eliminate oppression, discrimination and marginalization within our community. We acknowledge and honour the inherent wisdom, capacity and resourcefulness of our community in designing programs and services to care for our own children and families. Accordingly, we are dedicated to planning, developing, and implementing creative and innovative Indigenous programs and services in collaboration with members of our community and other agencies.
PURPOSE OF POSITION
Reporting to a Family Preservation Team Leader, the Family Preservation Counsellor (FPC) provides individual family preservation and reunification services as well as associated services to children, youth and families in the family home, community or at VACFSS.
The FPC receives referrals from VACFSS’s Child Protection or Guardianship programs. The FPC will work in partnership with the referring social worker and the child’s immediate and extended family to identify and build on strengths so that risks to child safety and wellbeing can be reduced and/or eliminated. This is enacted through practice by: (1) Gathering the Circle; (2) Listening, Assessing and Finding Solutions; (3) Creating Security, Belonging and Well-being; and (4) Keeping the Circle Strong.
The work of the FPC is guided by the values of belonging, respect, strengths-based practice, integrity and humility. It is conducted in accordance with practice standards, delegation, legislation, and VACFSS’s philosophy of service delivery, in pursuit of a balanced and harmonious Indigenous community.
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Gathering the Circle. Joining the Circle by:
- Joining the referring social worker in partnership with the child’s parents or extended family to build on strengths so that identified risks to child’s safety and wellbeing are reduced and/or eliminated. Initial goals will be set in collaboration with the person-served and the referring social worker. These goals will be shared and discussed at a foundation meeting with the FPC, person-served, and social worker.
- Participating in collaborative planning to provide updates, input and support to the person-served at Family Case Planning Conferences (FCPC), Family Group Conferences (FGC), Integrated Case Management Meetings (ICM), and/or Mediation.
- Ongoing communication of progress and significant events to referring social worker and other community professionals supporting the child, parents, or extended family.
Listening, Assessing and Finding Solutions. Completing Holistic Assessments and Reports by:
- Working with the person-served to complete holistic and balanced assessments that honour their strengths while identifying potential areas in need of support. These assessments may include: parental capacity assessments; therapeutic access reports; and progress reports.
- Engaging in a cycle of evaluation of the family’s progress, reassessment and analysis, drawing on the strengths of the person-served, their family and community to increase safety and wellbeing within the home.
Engage in Clinical and Peer Supervision by:
- In the spirit of idea sharing and collaborative decision-making, engaging in: clinical supervision with their Team Leader; weekly team meetings to offer and receive peer consultation; and attend monthly program update meetings. In accordance with legislation and AOPSI standards, the FPC will seek supervisory approval at key points during the provision of services.
Creating Security, Belonging and Well-being. Wrapping Supports and Building Community Around the Child and their Circle by:
- Working with person-served to address concreate needs (i.e., housing; substance use; food security).
- Strengthening cultural connections through referral and education to services, Ceremonies and events at VACFSS and in the community.
- Supporting families and/or referring social worker in registering children – entitled under the Indian Act or considered for membership status with their Indigenous community.
Therapeutic Access/Visit Supervision:
- Ongoing coaching and education on child development and parenting skills.
- If child(ren) are in care, attends visits and/or provides supervised access between parents and child(ren). Writes case notes and assessments describing the visit and skills.
- When necessary, supports families through education and appropriate community supports to navigate the legal process. This may require the FPC to attend court.
Keeping the Circle Strong. Case Documentation
- Accurate and complete recordings on the physical and electronic files to reflect the decisions and activities in accordance with legislation and practice standards, including: assessment reports; progress reports; case notes and statistics; documentation of strengths and areas of improvement; transfer or closing summary reports.
Ending in a Good Way
- In consultation with the Team Leader, the FPC will determine whether further involvement is required to meet the goals outlined in the referral and foundation meeting.
Occupational Safety and Health (OSH)
- Carries out their responsibilities for OSH as outlined in WorkSafe BC Regulations and VACFSS OSH Policies and Procedures as follows:
A complete position profile will be made available to candidates at the time of the interview.
- A Master of Social Work (MSW) or
- A Master’s degree in a related social services field; or
- A Bachelor of Social Work (BSW); or
- A Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care; or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in a related social services field plus a minimum of 3 years of related experience in child and family services.
- C3 Delegation
Job Skills and Abilities:
- Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Tact, sound judgment, good skills in handling complex interviews
- Ability to obtain confidence of children and families.
- Ability to respond to crisis situations.
- Ability to work flexibly.
- Knowledge of existing community services and resources
- Ability to function independently and frequently under pressure.
- Ability to work collaboratively on a team and with other professionals.
- Maintain up to date and detailed case management files, recording information including all required forms and documentation.
- Must have excellent facilitation, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills.
- Cultural competency in working with a variety of First Nations families.
- Must have thorough understanding of the function of Family Preservation, Guardianship program, Resource program, and the Child Protection program.
- Computer skills for Microsoft Word, Outlook and the Internet.
- Knowledge and understanding of the history of Indigenous people in Canada, residential school, colonialism, and historical child welfare practices.
ABOUT THE BENEFITS:
In exchange for your contributions to VACFSS, you will receive a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package, including:
- Medical, extended health, and dental
- Group life
- 100% employer-paid premiums
- 3 weeks of vacation
- Eligible for the VACFSS flex program after passing probation
- Membership in the Public Service Pension Plan
- This position requires Union membership
- This position is open to male and female applicants
- A reliable vehicle and minimum Class 5 Driver’s License is required for this position.
- Preference may be given to Indigenous candidates as per Section 41 of the Human Rights Code.