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Child Welfare Social Worker 1 or 2 - FACS

The Department of Health and Welfare



Applications will be accepted through 4:59 PM MST on the posting end date. 

Are you a licensed social worker who wants to make a positive difference in the lives of Idaho's families and children? Are you looking for a career with advancement opportunities and an excellent compensation package? If this sounds like a good fit for you, come join the Child and Family Services team as a Child Welfare Social Worker 1 (licensed social worker in Idaho) or Child Welfare Social Worker 2 (licensed social worker in Idaho & Master's degree or 2 years of experience working in child welfare). Child Welfare Social Workers perform one or more types of casework, including foster care licensing, adoptions, case management, safety assessment, or intake.. Incumbents work on child abuse or neglect cases and have decision making authority for developing appropriate case/treatment plans for child safety, permanency, and wellbeing. The Child Welfare Social Worker 2 delivers and provides direct services to children and families and must work effectively with individuals and families under stress and difficult circumstances and with persons from diverse backgrounds. Incumbents in these positions provide emergency, crisis intervention, and after hours on-call services.

This position will be based in our Boise office and will work as a Safety Assessor on our Child Welfare team. 

The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare is a drug-free workplace. Any applicant offered employment in this position at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare will be required to pass a pre-employment drug test. In addition, successful candidates will be required to complete a criminal history background investigation. Employment is dependent upon satisfactory results of the investigation. 




We have one of the Nation's best state retirement systems (PERSI) that offers a lifetime benefit. 



  • 11 paid holidays
  • Generous vacation and sick leave accrual beginning as soon as you start 
  • Paid parental leave
  • Medical, dental, vision insurance - incredible rates!(full-time/30+ hours per week)
  • PERSI Choice 401(k)
  • Deferred compensation plan
  • Life insurance
  • Short and long-term disability insurance
  • Student Loan Forgiveness
  • Wellness programs
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) 
  • Wide variety of training opportunities
  • Some positions offer flexible hours and/or telecommuting



  • Assess and process referrals for child abuse or neglect and conduct assessment and fact-finding interviews to obtain and assess mental, physical, economic, employment, environmental and social status of client/family/caregiver.
  • Assess interview information to determine substantiation of referrals and prepare written intake reports.
  • Make on-site evaluations of foster homes to determine suitability of facilities and service providers for licensure/certification.
  • Design, organize, implement, and monitor effectiveness of case plans using an array of community resources to resolve issues.
  • Facilitate client access to support services.
  • Determine appropriate client placement and ensure least restrictive environment, take action to reduce risk to client and others by providing emergency, crisis intervention, and after-hours on-call service.
  • Complete need and risk assessments on cases and determine eligibility for services and level of care.
  • Carry a full caseload in child welfare social work.
  • Client counseling, social services, support, and change-oriented activities to preserve the family unit and promote client self-determination.
  • Develop appropriate safety plans for children addressing special needs of clients.
  • Participate in interdisciplinary team staffing to modify treatment plans.
  • Prepare case record notes attesting to engagement with client and results from specific kinds of service.
  • Design and apply varying treatment modalities for problem resolution.
  • Monitor child and family achievements for safety, permanency, and well-being, refer clients and others to community resources and provide court-related services including testimony, mediation, negotiation, and implementation of agreements.
  • Recommend the need for legal intervention and consult with law enforcement and court personnel, community resource workers and school staff.
  • Prepare court reports, affidavits, testimony, etc. for required court proceedings.
  • Use keyboard to document and enter client data into computerized record systems.



You must possess all the minimum qualifications below to pass the exam for this position. Please make sure your resume or work history supports your meeting the minimum qualifications for this position. Failure to do this may disqualify you from being considered for this position. It is highly recommended to attach a one-page cover letter to your application to demonstrate how you meet the requirements below.



  • Requires current Licensure as a Social Worker in Idaho in accordance with Idaho Code 54-3201 et.seq. Licensure information can be found through the Idaho Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses at
  • Applicants must possess a valid driver's license



• Successful completion of Idaho Welfare Academy sessions and assignments (Child Welfare Social Worker incumbents who have successful completed a nine (9) month experience in child welfare case management in Idaho) 


• Two years' experience in a public child welfare system or child welfare agency and complete the Child Welfare Academy within the first year of appointment 


• Master of Social Work degree and complete the Child Welfare Academy within the first year of appointment



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PHONE: (208) 334-0681



The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email


Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.