Initial Assessment Specialist

Organization: Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Location: Milwaukee

Position Summary:  The Initial Assessment Specialist in the Initial Assessment Bureau conducts assessments of alleged child abuse and neglect. This involves working with families under stress, including interviewing all household members and completing visits to the child’s home and other locations to gather information about the presenting situation/alleged maltreatment. The Initial Assessment Specialist may be required to travel to locations located in high risk, disadvantaged or underserved neighborhoods. The Initial Assessment Specialist analyzes information gathered to make judgments about the safety of children and takes measures necessary to ensure children’s safety; prepares written and oral testimony for Children’s Court appearances; maintains current documentation on caseloads; and works in close cooperation with other social service agencies, hospitals, clinics, courts and community resources in planning to meet the needs of children and families. This position is required to participate in 24-hour on-call rotation to ensure continuous provision of access and initial assessment services for children in the community. For a complete copy of the position description, click here.

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