Child Welfare Social Worker

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Our Child Welfare Social Worker 1 & 2 positions provide professional child welfare social work services to children and families who are subjects of child abuse or neglect cases, and have decision making authority for developing appropriate case/treatment plans for child safety, permanency and well being. They deliver or provide direct services to children and families, and must work effectively with individuals and families under stressful and difficult circumstances and with persons from diverse backgrounds. They recruit for and cultivate foster parents for child placements.

Applicants must be currently licensed as a Social Worker in Idaho to qualify. Licensure information can be found through the Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licensing(link is external).

Child Welfare Social Worker 1

This is the first of a six-level Child Welfare job series. This Child Welfare Social Worker level is designated for persons with general social work qualifications who have no prior child welfare experience. Incumbents serve a nine-month probationary period and participate in the Child Welfare Academy in order to learn Idaho child welfare practices and standards and complete Child Welfare Academy assignments. During the nine-month probationary period, incumbents carry a reduced child welfare caseload under the guidance of child welfare supervisors or designated experienced child welfare social workers to gain knowledge and expertise necessary to provide professional child welfare social work services to children and families who are subjects of child abuse or neglect.

Qualifications:

  • Licensure as a Social Worker in Idaho in accordance with Idaho Code 54-3201 et.seq. Requires a degree in Social Work.
  • Valid Driver’s License. 

Want to know what the total compensation is for a Child Welfare Social Worker 1?  See our CWSW 1 Total Compensation Sheet.

Child Welfare Social Worker 2

This is the second of a six-level Child Welfare job series. These positions are considered full journeyman or professional level Child Welfare Social Workers and incumbents carry a full caseload. Incumbents work on child abuse or neglect cases and have decision making authority for developing appropriate case/treatment plans for child safety, permanency, and well-being. They deliver or provide direct services to children and families and must work effectively with individuals and families under stress and difficult circumstances and with persons from diverse backgrounds. They recruit for and cultivate foster parents for child placements. Incumbents receive guidance and mentoring from a Child Welfare Social Worker 3 on more difficult cases. Incumbents in these positions provide emergency, crisis intervention, and after hours on-call services.

Qualifications:

  • Licensure as a Social Worker in Idaho in accordance with Idaho Code 54-3201et.seq.
  • Two years of experience in a public child welfare system or child welfare agency and completion of the Child Welfare Academy within the first year of appointment; OR Master of Social Work degree and completion of the Child Welfare Academy within the first year of appointment.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Want to know what the total compensation is for a Child Welfare Social Worker 2?  See our CWSW 2 Total Compensation Sheet.

Scholars Program - Tuition Reimbursement

The Idaho Child Welfare Scholars program exists through a partnership between the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) and the universities and colleges that serve Idaho students. The program provides tuition reimbursement to promising bachelor's and master's level social work students who are committed to practicing social work in Idaho in the field of child welfare. Title IV-E of the Social Security Act provides funding for these stipends. The primary goal of the program is to prepare competent social workers in the areas of foster care and adoption for career positions with IDHW, Child and Family Services (CFS).

Students accepted into the Child Welfare Scholars program are placed in public or private child welfare agencies in Idaho for their field practicum and have access to a variety of child welfare training opportunities and resources. The Scholars stipend program is available for both current and potential Health and Welfare employees. Recruitment of potential employees and retention of current employees are central to the purpose of the program.

Scholars Program Eligibility

  • Child Welfare Scholar applicants are selected from those admitted to a BSW/MSW program at Eastern Washington University, Boise State University, Idaho State University, Lewis-Clark State College, or Northwest Nazarene University.
  • Demonstrate a desire to pursue a career in child welfare or be a full-time employee with CFS for one continuous year.
  • Agree to the educational requirements of the Scholars program and remain in good academic standing.
  • Have a confirmed field placement in an approved child welfare setting.
  • Commit to work for CFS for a designated period of time after graduation to complete the requirements of the Child Welfare Scholars program.
  • Understand fully that the stipend must be repaid if program commitments are not met.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or a qualified alien, which can include a permanent resident, granted asylum under Section 208, and a refugee under Section 207.
  • Submit to and pass a criminal background check.
Internships

Family and Community Services and the Division of Behavioral Health works with university social work programs to provide internships. These opportunities are posted with each universities social work programs.

Internships are typically with Children’s Mental Health, Adult Mental Health, Court and Crisis Team, or Access Team. Interns can gain experience with government agencies, court systems, crisis cases, counseling, risk assessment and case management, Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, policies, intake, and more. Interns may collaborate with DHW employees, police, courts, families, and community agencies.

Internships are filled on an as-needed basis.  

For more information, contact DHWJobs@dhw.idaho.gov