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Clinical Social Worker (Child Protection Team CPT, 40 Hours, Days)(SEIU) Boston, MA

Job ID 5369637 Date posted 08/12/2017

Boston Medical Center (BMC) is more than a hospital. It´s a network of support and care that touches the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in need each year. It is the largest and busiest provider of trauma and emergency services in New England. Emphasizing community-based care, BMC is committed to providing consistently excellent and accessible health services to all—and is the largest safety-net hospital in New England. The hospital is also the primary teaching affiliate of the nationally ranked Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and a founding partner of Boston HealthNet – an integrated health care delivery systems that includes many community health centers. BMC provides a full range of pediatric and adult care services, from primary to family medicine to advanced specialty care.

BMC is also committed to our employees, who are a very important piece to who we are. We pride ourselves in providing equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected under applicable law. BMC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

Child Protection Team (CPT) Social Worker: This full time position works on the Boston Medical Center provides expert consultation to the medical center and its affiliates on child protection issues. This person also assists as a liaison between our colleagues and families and the MA Department of Children and Families (DCF).

This social worker will work as member of the multi-disciplinary Child Protection Team and provide protective psychosocial assessments for CPT evaluations. Also, the social worker will provide services including assessment, safety planning, resource referral, and follow up services to the Foster Care Clinic that provides integrated behavioral health services and medical evaluation for children entering the foster care system.

The candidate should have a particular interest in utilizing a strengths-based, culturally aware approach to empower families to mitigate the impacts of socio-environmental stressors and reach their full potential. The candidate should have in-depth knowledge and understanding of social work theories and interventions, social considerations and implications in child development, and ethical and legal mandates and responsibilities around child protection issues.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Cover Child Protection Team social work day call pager three days a week (est. average is 5 consults/day).
  • Cover Child Protection Team social work night call 1 week per month (est. average is 12 consults/week).
  • Respond to pages, calls, emails, and medical record staff messages when on call to provide in-person or phone-based consultation, assessment, planning and follow up as appropriate.
  • Provide social work services including assessment, safety planning, resource referral, and follow up services to the Foster Care Clinic that provides integrated behavioral health services and medical evaluation for children entering the foster care system.
  • Assist with completing requests from the State of Massachusetts, Department of Children and Families for medical updates on patients seen in the primary care clinic involved with the Department of Children and Families either in investigation stage or for open cases (approximately 150 a month).
  • Assist in training and education to staff on behalf of the Child Protection Team around various child protection issues.
  • Assist with review and data collection of the maltreatment reports filed by the hospital.
  • Assist with collaboration and case planning between multidisciplinary Boston Medical Center providers and the Department of Children and Families which may include treatment team meetings and debriefings.
  • Liase with DCF regarding report of maltreatment/51a screening decisions as needed.
  • Maintain the pediatric primary care outpatient high risk patient list in EHR in coordination with the outpatient social workers and nurse case manager.
  • Attend and participate in Child Protection Team rounds and in Child Protection Team case review every Thursday.
  • Coordinate CPT rounds schedule and SW CEUs for rounds
  • Assist with coordination of rotating medical students and SW interns

Other duties

  • Adapt to changes in the departmental needs including but not limited to: offering assistance to other team members, providing temporary coverage, adjusting assignments, etc.
  • Conform to hospital standards of performance and conduct, including those pertaining to patient rights, so that the best possible customer service and patient care may be provided.
  • Utilize hospital’s behavioral standards as the basis for decision-making and to facilitate the hospital and the department’s mission.
  • Follow established hospital infection control and safety procedures.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or as necessary.

Must adhere to all of BMC’s RESPECT behavioral standards.

(The above statements in this job description are intended to depict the general nature and level of work assigned to the employee(s) in this job.  The above is not intended to represent an exhaustive list of accountable duties and responsibilities required).



Requires Master’s Degree from an accredited school of Social Work.


Requires a Massachusetts license as a Licensed Certified Social Worker or Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (or eligible for licensure within 90 days of hire).


Preferred:  3-5 years relevant work experience, including hospital/healthcare setting.


  • Requires knowledge of Social Work process and community resources and agencies relative to children and families.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills necessary to interact effectively with various healthcare professionals, to develop and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with patients and families, and to supervise graduate students.
  • Must be comfortable in a fast paced and dynamic work environment (sense of humor is valued).
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Excellent English language skills to summarize and communicate orally and in writing moderately complex information in varied formats to internal and external customers.
  • Cultural sensitivity and comfort with a wide range of racial and ethnic populations.  Bicultural/Bilingual competency a plus.
  • Computer literacy with ability to use standard word processing, spreadsheet programs and e-mail (i.e. MS Word, Excel, Outlook) and web browsers.

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