Ramsey County Child Protection Worker in (RCGC EAST) St Paul, Minnesota

Child Protection Worker



Child Protection Worker


$55,208.92 - $81,684.72 Annually

$26.54 - $39.27 Hourly

$2,123.42 - $3,141.72 Biweekly

$4,600.74 - $6,807.06 Monthly

$55,208.92 - $81,684.72 Annually




Job Type

Full Time



Job Number



10/31/2016 4:30 PM Central

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Basic Function

To investigate, assess and provide intervention and treatment services in order to protect children from child abuse, neglect and exploitation; to prepare and implement case management plans for the treatment of child abuse, the protection of victims; to participate in legal actions arising from child abuse case activities; and to perform related duties as assigned. (This is the entry level in this class series, but prior social work experience is required. Work assignments provide the opportunity to refine the knowledge and skills developed through prior experience and education in order to function effectively at the full performance level.)

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There are several vacancies within Child Protection.

Examples of Work Performed

  1. Promote a diverse, culturally competent, and respectful workplace.


  1. Investigate reports of child abuse (including physical or sexual abuse, neglect and exploitation) within legal limits by interviewing and taking formal statements from family members and other involved persons, and by interviewing children in accordance with approved child interviewing methods in order to refute or substantiate reports, determine whether children are in immediate danger of abuse and to document information needed for court proceedings and protection planning.

  2. Initiate necessary child protection actions, such as petitioning for court orders to remove children or parents from the home, arranging for in-home services or contacting police in order to provide immediate protection for children.

  3. Assess individual and family ability to respond to treatment by evaluating clients' cognitive skills, motivation to change, and past history of treatment in order to develop reasonable case plans.


  1. Write and implement protection plan to reduce the risk of further abuse or neglect, maintain the family unit intact and ensure that needed services are used.

  2. Write and file with court a formal case plan according to required format for any child in placement or involved in court proceedings.

  3. Identify family needs and make referrals to other agency or community resources such as residential treatment, public health services or parent counseling.

  4. Gather information (such as social histories, client compliance with previous court orders, list of possible witnesses) and prepare reports for submission to the County Attorney for use in petitioning for court intervention such as termination of parental rights or provision of protective supervision.

  5. Testify at legal proceedings, recommend future court reviews and prepare other witnesses to testify.


  1. Provide crisis intervention by assisting clients to obtain emergency housing, food, clothing, financial assistance or protection.

  2. Provide individual and family counseling, behavior modification programming and other treatment such as play therapy to improve family functioning, prevent child placement or facilitate family reunification.

  3. Transport or arrange transportation for clients to medical appointments, court hearings, placements, and other mandated services to assist clients to receive service.

  4. Monitor clients' progress toward established service goals and compliance with court orders to determine need for continuation of services.

  5. Arrange for adoption, long-term foster care or independent living situation for children when attempts at family reunification have failed to provide a safe home.

  6. Physically remove unwilling child from harmful environment to place in safe residence.

  7. Write social histories and accurate case records (such as service referrals, quarterly evaluation of client progress toward goals, legal actions) according to department requirements.

(The work assigned to a position in this classification may not include all possible tasks in this work and does not limit the assignment of any additional tasks in this classification. Regular attendance according to the position's management approved work schedule is required.)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 13, 15

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Bachelor's Degree in a social/behavioral science and 12 additional credits eligible for tuition refund or equivalent.

Experience: Two years' experience in child welfare social work or three years' general social work experience.

Substitution for Experience: Either (a) three years of general social work experience; or (b) one year of experience as a child protection social worker may substitute for the experience requirement stated above; or (c) experience as a Ramsey County Human Services Case Aide 3 may substitute for general social work experience on the basis that two years Case Aide experience equals one year of general social work experience. A maximum of six years Ramsey County Human Services Case Aide experience can be substituted for general social work experience.

Other: All employees must successfully complete all continuing education requirements for child protection workers as specified by state law.

Exam/Screening Process Information

Examination/Screening Process: The examination/screening process will consist of the following sections with each section weighted as indicated:

  • Training and Experience Rating........Wt. 100%

Note: The Training and Experience Rating will be based on the Supplemental Questionnaire that you need to complete as part of your application. Not all applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will pass the Training and Experience Rating. Please be sure to be complete in your answers and do not mark "see resume" or "see work history." Failure to clearly and completely outline your training and experience could adversely affect your examination score and rank on the eligible list for this classification.

Criminal Background Checks: All employment offers are conditioned upon the applicant passing a criminal background check. Convictions are not an automatic bar to employment. Each case is considered on its individual merits and the type of work sought. However, making false statements or withholding information will cause you to be barred from employment, or removed from employment.

E-Verify Participation

Ramsey County participates in the federal E-Verify program. This means that Ramsey County will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. If the Government cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, Ramsey County is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact DHS and/or the SSA before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment. Employers may not use E-Verify to pre-screen job applicants and may not limit or influence the choice of documents you present for use on the Form I-9.

For further information regarding this posting, please contact Stephani.Gunter@co.ramsey.mn.us or by phone at (651) 266-4063

Equal Opportunity Employer. Ramsey County provides equal access to employment, programs and services without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex (except when sex is a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification), disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, public assistance or national origin.