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Social Worker, MSW Standard, The Child Protection Service Unit (CPSU) - BC Children’s Hospital

Social Worker, The Child Protection Service Unit (CPSU)

BC Children’s Hospital

Vancouver, BC


*Learn more about this opportunity and hear from the hiring team at our Virtual info session on May 31, 2023 from 4pm- 5 pm PST . Please RSVP and register in advance on our Eventbrite page: Provincial Health Services Authority- Social Worker Virtual Info Session Tickets, Wed, May 31, 2023 at 4:00 PM | Eventbrite *



The Social Worker, CPSU provides clinical and consultative social work services to patients, families, and Children’s and Women’s (C&W) staff, focusing on cases of child maltreatment from around the province. The position provides leadership to staff across C&W, to other Regional Medical Child Protection Units, and to members of the community. Integral to this job is the requirement to act as a consultant regarding case management and child maltreatment issues, including acting as a resource in relation to child protection legislation and application of C&W organizational guidelines and protocols. Presentations, workshops and individual teaching sessions will be delivered by the Social Worker, CPSU both internally and externally to the organization. The Social Worker, CPSU performs intake functions including those from the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) high risk referrals, outpatient and inpatient assessments regarding child maltreatment, case management, and patient advocacy. Referrals to outside agencies are arranged, high risk cases are tracked, and consultation is provided.


What you’ll do

  • Provide clinical social work services to patients, their families and the community by performing duties such as psychosocial assessment, brief and crisis counseling and/or group counseling to youth and parents and/or caregivers, arranging referrals to mental health professionals within the clinic, making referrals to community resources and arranging for ongoing therapy for the child in the community.
  • Perform intake function by screening and prioritizing new referrals, assessing level of risk, determining legal issues, confirming rationale for referral, gathering background information, preparing intake summaries, briefing physicians, and preparing community professionals and families for appointments.
  • Provide clinical consultative services to other staff, including other social workers, child protection professionals, physicians, police and other professional disciplines, both inside and outside the organization, in relation to child maltreatment by providing guidance, consultation, and advice, and maintaining ongoing communication with community professionals dealing with child abuse across the province.
  • Act as a resource to other Medical Child Protection Teams within the province by providing ongoing general and case specific consultations to medical Social Workers from other regions.
  • Ascertain necessity of legal child protection report to the Ministry of Children and Family Development. Contact MCFD to make official child protection report and documents same.



What you bring

  • Master’s degree in Social Work from an accredited university.
  • Two (2) years of recent, related experience working in the field of child protection interpreting and providing consultation on the application of the Child Protection Act.
  • Advanced knowledge of Child Protection legislation and its application to the Child Welfare System.
  • Advanced knowledge of issues related to child maltreatment such as indicators of abuse and neglect, domestic violence, dynamics of child abuse, substance abuse, mental health issues, cultural issues, etc.
  • Current full registration with the British Columbia College of Social Workers.

You will also have:

  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with patients, families, staff, and MCFD and community agency personnel
  • Ability to prepare social work reports for medical charts
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and apply the Child Family and Community Service Act
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and provide workshops, education sessions, and presentations
  • Awareness of and commitment to learning and understanding the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Sight Report (2020), BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), and other related reports.
  • Commitment to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per TRC (2015) and BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).
  • As a strong asset for consideration, we are looking for our successful candidate to have: Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities impacting indigenous communities and familiarity with Indigenous Cultural Safety and anti-racism and accompanying reports (BC DRIPA, TRC, etc.).


What we bring


Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.

  • Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth, development, and recognition programs that honour the commitment and contribution of all employees.
  • Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
  • Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
  • Access to WorkPerks, a premium discount program offering a wide range of local and national discounts on electronics, entertainment, dining, travel, wellness, apparel, and more.



Job Type: Temporary, Full-Time (Until July 26, 2024)
$41.04 to $51.27

Location: 4500 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC, V6H 2N9
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Hours of Work: Monday to Friday; 0830-1630
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As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.




What we do


BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH) provides care for the most seriously ill or injured children and youth from across British Columbia.


BCCH is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).


The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose.


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PHSA and BCCH are committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.


Reconciliation is an ongoing process and a shared responsibility for all of us. The BC Governments’ unanimous passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was a significant step forward in this journey—one that all health authorities are expected to support as we work in cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to establish a clear and sustainable path to lasting reconciliation. True reconciliation will take time and ongoing commitment to work with Indigenous Peoples as they move toward self-determination. Guiding these efforts Crown agencies must remain focused on creating opportunities that implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Mandate.





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