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Child Welfare Social Worker 2

Health and Welfare

Open for Recruitment: July 8, 2008 - Open until further notice
Announcement # 09426027028
Salary Range: $22.14 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Statewide

The Division of Family and Community Services has current opening(s) throughout the State for 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 who have successfully completed the Child Welfare Academy sessions and assignments will not need to complete probation as a Child Welfare Social Worker 2.  Original appointments at the Child Welfare Social Worker 2 level must serve a six (6) month probationary period and successfully complete the Child Welfare Academy within one year of appointment.

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.

This announcement may be used to fill both regular and bilingual openings. If you read, write, and/or speak Spanish, please apply for this position. Successful bilingual applicants may have their names certified to both regular and bilingual hiring lists.

The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare is a drug-free workplace. Any applicant offered employment in this position at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, will be required to pass a pre-employment drug test.


  • Assess and process referrals for child abuse or neglect and conduct assessment and fact-finding interviews to obtain and assess mental, physical, economic, employment, environmental and social status of client/family/caregiver
  • Assess interview information to determine substantiation of referrals and prepare written intake reports
  • Make on-site evaluations of foster homes to determine suitability of facilities and service providers for licensure/certification
  • Design, organize, implement and monitor effectiveness of case plans using an array of community resources to resolve issues
  • Facilitate client access to support services
  • Determine appropriate client placement and ensure least restrictive environment, take action to reduce risk to client and others by providing emergency, crisis intervention, and after-hours on-call service
  • Complete need and risk assessments on cases and determine eligibility for services and level of care
  • Carry a full caseload in child welfare social work
  • Client counseling, social services, support and change-oriented activities to preserve the family unit and promote client self-determination
  • Develop appropriate safety plans for children addressing special needs of clients
  • Participate in interdisciplinary team staffing to modify treatment plans
  • Prepare case record notes attesting to engagement with client and results from specific kinds of service
  • Design and apply varying treatment modalities for problem resolution
  • Monitor child and family achievements for safety, permanency and well-being, refer clients and others to community resources and provide court-related services including testimony, mediation, negotiation and implementation of agreements
  • Recommend the need for legal intervention and consult with law enforcement and court personnel, community resource workers and school staff
  • Prepare court reports, affidavits, testimony, etc for required court proceedings
  • Use keyboard to document and enter client data into computerized record systems.

Minimum Qualifications:

Successful completion of Idaho Welfare Academy sessions and assignments (Child Welfare Social Worker incumbents who have successful completed a nine (9) month experience in child welfare case management in Idaho)
Two years experience in a public child welfare system or child welfare agency and complete the Child Welfare Academy within the first year of appointment. 
Master of Social Work degree and complete the Child Welfare Academy within the first year of appointment.


  • Applicant’s must possess a valid driver’s license

The Department of Health & Welfare also has the following opportunity:

Child Welfare Social Worker 1:


There is an exam for this position to determine an applicant's eligibility.  Click the "Preview Exam" button below to review the exam.  You must receive a score of 100 to pass this exam.  If at any time during the screening/testing process your responses or resume do not support the answers you provided; your name will be removed from the register.

How to Apply:

Click on any Apply Online button and follow the instructions provided to complete the Application Checklist and Exam for this position. When updating your online application information, please select Health and Welfare under "Agencies," full-time" under "Job Type/Shift" and all cities you are interested in working in under "Cities."


Preview Exam

Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.