Child Welfare Worker (Current Employee), Swan River, MB – April 30, 2015
Pros: Empowerment, Social Change Agent, Understanding of Social Issues
Cons: Emotionally complex and demanding, lack of resources in rural area
I am a Child Welfare worker who investigates incidents of reported child abuse and takes protective action when necessary. During these past few years, I have learned more about people, life and society than I could ever type in this small space. My manager was underqualified for her position (with her admission) making this highly emotional job increasingly difficult, as sensitivity to emotion, knowledge of the Child and Family Services Act and understanding of Court Proceedings is a must. As such, I asked as many questions of other workers and collaterals as possible and taught myself to be a dedicated family worker to my clients. The hardest part of the job was taking people's children away from them, attempting to explain it, and trying to separate out my own emotions before I went home at the end of the day. The most enjoyable part of the job was seeing people with potential who had never been given a fair chance become empowered.