Social Worker-Pediatrics, Child Abuse

West Virginia University Hospital - Morgantown, WV3.6

TemporaryEstimated: $48,000 - $61,000 a year
WVU Childrens Hospital

Reports To:
Director, WVU Childrens Hospital
Chair, Department of Pediatrics, WVUSOM

FLSA Status:

December 2013

Minimum Qualification:
Masters Social Work required.

Must have LGSW or LCSW certification in the State of West
Virginia by the end of the first six months of employment.

One to three years experience preferred.

Department Specific:
Three or more years
experience working with children and adolescents
Supervisory and/or program
coordination experience preferred

Provides programmatic and clinical
leadership for child abuse program.
As a member of the treatment team, is responsible for providing a broad
range of treatment and case management functions for the population served. Provides program and clinical coordination

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Serves as the resource person contact for
abuse/neglect related patient referrals from internal and external sources,
including parents, Pediatric Adolescent Group Practice staff, WVU Childrens
Hospital providers, Emergency Department staff, and other WVU Healthcare
departments serving children, outside medical, mental health providers and
others reporting individuals, child protective services, law enforcement, or
other social service agencies.

Acquires from referral source a thorough
history, including demographics, social history, medical history, and history
of abuse allegation.

Secures additional referral information from and
coordinates medical care with involved external agencies, such as child
protective services or law enforcement.

Triages patient referrals with medical staff and
schedules PAGP clinic appointments.

Contacts patients family and referral source to
confirm appointment arrangements, explains clinic visit, acquires additional
history, and provides support as needed at time of contact.

Collaborates with all medical staff or clinical
care staff related to the clinic functions on abuse/neglect, patient safety,
mental health or psychosocial issues as required, including providing patient
referral summary to clinic staff, taking abuse-related medical history from
patients and/or family, making psychosocial evaluations, providing crisis
intervention, and making arrangements for ongoing medical, social service or
therapeutic support.

Ensures timely completion of clinic reports and
ensures that such reports are received by appropriate agencies as required by

Acts as a liaison between medical staff and
community resources, law enforcement, prosecutors, and child protective
services to ensure ongoing communication and coordination of services.

Provides case management follow-up to families
seen in clinic to ensure continuity of care for medical, social service, or
psychological care.

as a point of contact for law enforcement, child protective services, and other
community agencies with medically related questions or concerns related to

a. Acts as
point of contact and central conduit for medical staff in reporting
abuse/neglect by collecting pertinent
referral data and ensuring that it is
forwarded to the appropriate child
protection and/or law enforcement

b. Acts as
point of contact to receive feedback
from community resources
regarding outcome of abuse/neglect
referrals and investigations in order to
keep medical staff apprised of
patient and family status and functioning.

with and assists medical staff in providing medical expertise/consultation in
regular multidisciplinary team review of active child abuse registry of cases.

as a clinical provider or expert witness when needed in abuse/neglect civil or criminal proceedings.

medical staff in providing abuse/neglect education to pediatric staff and
residents, medical students, other health sciences practitioners, and community
service organizations as requested.

continuing education opportunities as necessary to maintain professional
licensure and competency.

other duties/projects as assigned.

with state-wide initiatives. Attends and contributes to state and regional

require overnight travel to work-related activities occasionally.

Performance Standard:
Adheres to the established Performance Expectations for WVUH Employees
in the areas of People, Service, Performance Improvement, Shared
Values & Culture.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that
must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of
this job. Reasonable accommodations may
be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics
described here are representative of those an employee encounters while
performing the essential functions of this job.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with
disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ability to work with
people of all social, economic, and cultural backgrounds and be flexible,
open minded, and adaptable to change

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Possesses excellent
interpersonal communication and negotiation skills in interaction with
patients, families, legal guardians, physicians, law enforcement personnel
and health care team colleagues.
Capable of independent
judgment and action regarding psychosocial needs of patients.
Proficiency in computer
application skills