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Department of Children, Youth and Families CPS/FAR Social Service Specialist 1-3 (SSS3) - Kent/King SW in Kent, Washington

**We have multiple vacancies....apply today!**This recruitment has been reposted until all vacancies are filled. If you have already applied there is no need to reapply. Your application status remains unchanged. King County Premium: The salary listed above does not include the additional 5% premium granted to all King County employees. The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) was created to be a comprehensive agency exclusively dedicated to the social, emotional, and physical well-being of children, youth, and families regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or other socioeconomic factors. We believe our workforce should reflect the communities we serve and are actively searching for candidates that reflect that diversity. Our vision is that "All Washington's children and youth grow up safe and healthy-thriving physically, emotionally, and educationally, nurtured by family and community." We're looking for multiple CPS/FAR Social Service Specialist 3s (SSS3) in Region 4 at our King Southwest Office located in Kent. Although the goal class is a Social Service Specialist 3, we will consider candidates at the Social Service Specialist 1 or 2 level, with a training plan to advance to a Social Service Specialist 3. If you have some social service experience or are just starting out, this is a great way to gain experience and launch your career in the social service field!The Opportunity: Social Service Specialist 3 (SSS3) or (SSS1-2 In-Training)Child Protective Services (CPS) and Family Assessment Response (FAR) social service specialists have the lead responsibility to apply child welfare practice principles, laws, rules and policy in assessing and intervening on assigned intakes to assess child safety and family capacity to provide for child safety; take protective action as needed, and deliver services to families referred to CPS. The Child Protective Services (CPS) unit investigates allegations of child abuse or neglect and provides the appropriate recommendations and services for families. Family Assessment Response (FAR) is an alternative CPS pathway for families with low and moderate allegations of child abuse or neglect. Families who qualify for FAR may choose the FAR pathway. In FAR, there is no investigation and no finding of whether the alleged abuse or neglect occurred. Social workers work with the family to keep children safe and build on their strengths to establish the community support the family needs to be successful in the long term. Some of what you will get to do: *Conduct investigations into allegations of abandonment, abuse, or child neglect. *Lead assessments and interventions on assigned intakes to determine child safety and take protective action as needed. *Complete psychosocial and other assessments to determine the need, extent, and direction of intervention. *Interview children, families, and collateral sources to assess risks to children, ascertain facts, gather social history, and determine family needs. *Assess the need for out-of-home placement, preparing and counseling families through the process. *Create referrals to appropriate law enforcement agencies, medical evaluations, and forensic interviews. *Develop and monitor safety plans for children and complete health and safety visits. *Provide support services such as counseling, problem resolution, guidance, and referrals to advocacy and mediation. *Provide short-term voluntary placement of children with licensed foster care or relative resources, working with families to resolve abus