With compassion and commitment, Child Abuse Interviewers embody the Legacy mission of making life better for others. They do this by collecting psychosocial information from parents/guardians of patients, assessing immediate risk. They work in partnership with the Emergency Department multi-disciplinary team, Law Enforcement, Department of Human Services and CARES NW. You are committed to working with healthcare teams to ensure every patient receives the care, comfort and dignity they deserve. If this is how you define your role as a Child Abuse Interviewer, we invite you to consider this opportunity.
Established in 1987, CARES Northwest is an accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance whose mission is to stop child abuse and neglect through multidisciplinary prevention, medical evaluation, and ongoing treatment in partnership with our community. The program is a unique collaboration of four health systems – Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, OHSU’s Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, and Providence Children’s Health. As a Children’s Advocacy Center, CARES Northwest works closely with child abuse multidisciplinary partners in Multnomah and Washington counties. The evaluation model is based on master’s level mental health providers, including forensic interviewers, working in partnership with medical examiners to provide a comprehensive assessment and treatment plan for each child. Advocating for over 39,000 children in its 32-year history, CARES Northwest is a crucial element of our region’s ability protect our community’s children and promote their healing.
The Child Abuse Interviewer is responsible for developing a medical diagnosis of [possible] child abuse by participating with a medical examiner in an evaluation process that includes a physical examination and videotaped interview. Interviewer also assists in developing an appropriate follow-up treatment plan for the child and family as well as providing training and presentations on child abuse.
As a condition of hire and as requested throughout employment, Cares NW requires child abuse background checks which are conducted through the Department of Human Services (DHS) Background Check Unit (BCU). This requires a signed release and authorization and the background check includes a search of DHS systems for any history of abuse or neglect of a child. If a record exists, the BCU will report the finding back to CARES NW and findings will be addressed in accordance with program policies.
MSW, MA, or MEd in social work, counseling, or related field. Minimum two years professional experience relating to child abuse issues, with preference to those with experience interviewing children about abuse.
SPECIAL SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to relate well to children and adults in crisis. Strengths in working as a part of a multidisciplinary team. Some positions within this classification require fluency in Spanish.
LEGACY’S VALUES IN ACTION:
Follows guidelines set forth in Legacy’s Values in Action.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Vet/Disabled
Requires Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), or Clinical Social Work Associate (CSWA) actively working toward LCSW licensure, or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), or Registered LPC Intern actively working toward LPC licensure.