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Child Welfare Social Worker 1

Health and Welfare

Open for Recruitment: July 8, 2008 - Open until further notice
Announcement # 09425019827
Salary Range: $19.23 - $20.84 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 1. 

This is the first of a six-level Child Welfare job series. This Child Welfare Social Worker position is designated for persons with general social work qualifications who have no prior child welfare experience. This position is considered an under fill for the Child Welfare Social Worker 2 position. 

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. These positions require incumbents to work effectively with individuals and families under stress, difficult circumstances and from diverse backgrounds.

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.

We also have current openings throughout the State for Child Welfare Social Worker 2. These positions are the second of the six-level Child Welfare job series; requirements include completion of the Child Welfare Academy, or at least two years of experience in a public child welfare system or child welfare agency, or a Master of Social Work degree. If you meet these requirements, please apply under the Child Welfare Social Worker 2 announcement.

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.


  • Receive and process referrals, complaints or requests for service and conduct assessment and fact-finding interviews of child abuse or neglect to obtain and assess mental, physical, economic, employment, environmental and social status of client/family.
  • Prepare written intake reports based on initial interviews with referents and subjects of assessment and draft case plans related to child abuse/neglect issues with recommendations for case-related service decisions.
  • Draft case plans related to child abuse/neglect cases and participate in interdisciplinary team staffing to formulate and/or modify treatment plans.
  • Provide social services, support and change-oriented activities to preserve family unit and promote client self-determination.
  • Prepare case record notes attesting to engagement with clients and results from specific services.
  • Perform on-site evaluations of foster homes to determine if appropriate for child placement and recommend approval/disapproval for licensing.
  • Research, obtain and make referrals to community resources and provide court-related services including court testimony, court reports and other legal documentation and mediation, negotiation and implementation of agreements.
  • Prepare court reports, affidavits, testimony, orders to remove the child, etc for required court proceedings.
  • Consult with experienced social workers, law enforcement, court personnel, community resource workers and school staff.
  • Use keyboard to document and enter client data into computerized record systems.

Minimum Qualifications:

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

Child Welfare Social Worker 2:


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.