Domestic Abuse High Risk Team Social Worker permanent
Job Number : 43431
Are you interested in contributing to a positive difference in the lives of Edmontonians impacted by domestic violence?
The Domestic Abuse High Risk Team (DAHRT) is a partnership between the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) and the City of Edmonton to intervene in cases of intimate partner violence where there is an assessed high risk for further serious violence or homicide. The purpose of this position is to assist individuals who experience abuse or violence in their intimate relationships and to prevent further incidents of abuse and violence by working with the victim, government and non-government agencies, the judicial system including crown, parole, probation, and when appropriate, with aggressors.
This position must have a superior understanding of domestic violence, victimology, domestic violence risk assessment, community resources and safety planning. The position also requires strong interpersonal and trauma informed practice, a strong skill set in crisis intervention and short-term counseling to support victims of domestic violence in creating safer opportunities for themselves and their children. Resourcefulness and creativity are also required to develop a network of support and services that will help victims and their children to remain safe.
With a focus on the City of Edmonton’s Cultural Commitments to Safe, Helpful, Accountable, Integrated and Excellent, you will:
This position provides the following range of services:
- Collaborate with sworn Edmonton Police Service (EPS) members to complement EPS’s investigation and enforcement tools with social support and resources thereby developing a targeted strategy of support for victims that can mitigate their vulnerabilities for further abuse, reducing risk and enhancing protective factors
- Ongoing risk assessment and response along with consultation, liaison and collaboration with multiple professionals and agencies to develop effective safety and support systems for victims
- Ongoing intensive case management with the victim to foster coordinated and timely services that meet clients needs
- Manage day to day activities that includes crisis/trauma counseling, risk assessment, safety planning, sharing of pertinent theory and research that supports psychological healing and advocacy and referral to identified community agencies
- Prepare and maintain accurate and complete professional social work file documentation on the designated Posse system and submissions in the professional community, in accordance with City of Edmonton and ACSW file expectations
- Provide advocacy, support and assistance to complainants through the judicial process
- Liaise with the Crown, Probation and EPS regarding bail and sentencing as well as to provide information to victims regarding their role as witnesses in proceedings
- Explore the domestic violence with various parties depending on the particular situation (eg. complainant, extended family, social agencies, crown) with the goal of optimizing both victim safety and perpetrator accountability
- Represent DAHRT publically; provide domestic violence education and presentations to agencies and EPS members (this includes police detectives, front line police officers and police recruits)
- Collaborate with the entire family prevention team to advance best practices and build community collaboration regarding family violence in Edmonton and surrounding areas
- Perform other related duties as required
- Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. A Master's in Social Work is preferred
- Must be registered with the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW)
- Minimum 3 years of related professional experience which includes individual and group counseling especially in the area of domestic violence, public education and training in family violence, working on collaborative teams to address family violence, and social work with populations where domestic violence is an issue
- Demonstrated ability to assess and respond to high risk domestic violence situations and provide intensive social work interventions including crisis intervention, short term counseling, advocacy, brokering, linking and follow up, using advanced knowledge of domestic violence, victimology and community resources
- Superior problem solving ability, judgment and confidence to deal with complex issues and competing priorities with professionals, clients from diverse backgrounds and with traumatized victims and children in an ever changing work setting
- Ability to work independently and within a complex partnership that involves two distinct but complementary organizational cultures
- Ability to deal and handle the vicarious trauma experience from hearing victim’s experience, reading descriptive EPS reports, viewing pictures and seeing victim's injuries
- Proven ability to use a trauma informed approach
- Must be well versed in legal terminology and criminal court processes in order to liaise with the Crown, Probation and EPS regarding bail and sentencing as well as to provide information to victims regarding their role as witnesses in proceedings
- Ability to adapt to changing police directives and police management
- Ability to be a strong team player with the other Social Workers on the team
- An awareness of cultural diversity to aid in engaging with the diversity of clients
- Ability to successfully advocate for victims and social work, including in police and court settings that are focused on arrests and convictions
- A working knowledge of courtroom procedures and decorum
- Valid Alberta Class 5 driver’s licence (or provincial equivalent). Must obtain business auto insurance for personal vehicle use on City business
- Hire is dependent upon an Enhanced Police Information Check satisfactory to the City of Edmonton
- Demonstrates ability to achieve results in the context of a respectful, inclusive and service-minded style
- Embrace the Cultural Commitments of Safe, Helpful, Accountable, Integrated and Excellent and foster an environment that encourages others to do the same
- Applicants may be tested
The City of Edmonton is committed to inclusive, respectful and equitable workplaces that represent the communities we serve. We continuously improve our systems, policies and practices to remove barriers and ensure our employees, in all their diversity, can succeed. We value applicants with a diverse range of skills, experiences and competencies, and encourage you to apply. To learn more, see the Art of Inclusion: Our Diversity and Inclusion Framework here: https://bit.ly/3hd2d95
The City of Edmonton strives to provide reasonable access and accommodations throughout the application and selection process. If you would like to request an accommodation at any stage of the process, please contact Employment@edmonton.ca.
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Up to 1 permanent full-time position
Hours of Work: 40 hours per week.
The weekly hours of work for this position are currently under review and may change at a future time. Any changes will be made in accordance with the City of Edmonton/Civic Service Union 52 collective agreement and the incumbent will be notified in advance.
Salary: $38.287 - $48.068 (Hourly); $79,943.260 - $100,365.980 (Annually)
Talent Acquisition Consultant: JP/KC
Classification Title : Social Worker - 8hrs
Posting Date : May 9, 2022
Closing Date : May 23, 2022 11:59:00 PM (MDT)
Number of Openings (up to) : 1 - Permanent Full-time
Union : CSU 52
Department : Social Development
Work Location(s) :
Police Headquarters, 9620 - 103A Ave