As an individual passionate about changing lives for the better through hard work, personal caring and good ideas, you’ll find hundreds of kindred spirits at WJS offices across Western Canada and Ontario. Every day, more than 600 WJS Canada staff serve over 1,000 people in three provinces. For over 30 years, we’ve been committed to building strong communities by providing a complete range of innovative and effective professional services to children, youth, adults and families facing difficulties. Visit www.wjscanada.com for more information on WJS and details on the benefits employees enjoy.
**All applicants must provide a current (within 3 months) Criminal Record Check and Ministry Check prior to confirmation of employment with WJS Canada. These checks can take up to 6 weeks to obtain, prepare accordingly.
The Early Intervention Family Support Worker is responsible for facilitating planned interventions and services aimed at strengthening and preserving families by providing home-based, family-centered services to promote the protection and well-being of children in their homes, as well as support and educate parents toward improvements in their parenting abilities. The Family Support Worker reports to the Program Manager.
The family support worker will:
- Provide education (ex. parenting skills) and support services to families in their own homes.
- Help families connect with community resources & support networks to enhance family functioning.
- Follow prescribed case management plans, including maintaining accurate client file & program documentation and record of client activities and consulting on case files.
- Represent WJS family support services in a professional manner with Alberta Family and Social Services and the community.
- Assist in evaluating service deliverables and contribute information/recommendations for improvements.
The successful applicant must possess:
- A diploma or degree in human services.
- Experience in family intervention or a related human service field or equivalent
- Clear Criminal Record and Child Welfare Intervention check
- Valid Alberta Driver’s License, reliable vehicle with appropriate insurance, and clean driver’s abstract
- Valid First Aid / CPR Certificate
- Suicide Intervention and Prevention Training and cultural sensitivity
- Experience working with computer software systems
Required Skill and Abilities:
- Ability to work with youth who need intervention and are at risk of suicide or harming themselves, or youth living a lifestyle that is considered high risk ( i.e. prostitution, drugs, etc)
- Knowledge of aboriginal culture is an asset
- Able to develop and maintain good relationships with local Child & Family Services, support networks, outside agencies and community resources
- Knowledge of child development, positive discipline strategies and family dynamics.
- Be familiar with the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act and Alberta Family and Social Services policies and procedures as they relate to the Family Support Services Program.
- Highly motivated, and able to work independently
- Adaptability and flexibility
- The Family Support Worker is required to fill 40 hours per week with a flexible schedule.
- Must be prepared to travel to family homes within the service area.
- Evening and weekend work is required at times, as this is the time when families with children are together and are often the most stressful time for families.