JGCN Youth Care Professional

Do you want to implement plans of action for families as a youth care professional? Do you want to work for the protection of the development of children? Do you want to help create a safe environment for children? Then apply quickly!

HBO|Bonaire|39.5 hours|P&O2019_06_012|Closing date: July 26th, 2019

As Youth Care Professional you will put child protection orders imposed by the Court into effect and you will also be versatile in terms of the provision of counselling to (foster) families. You will develop a plan of action together with the parents/carers in order to remove the threat to the child's development. You will realise this by supporting parents in child rearing, among others by making house calls, and by organising and coordinating the required assistance and care in the home situation. The child's safety should be monitored and calls for active intervention if necessary. You do this by directing.

Your responsibilities also include organising and coordination foster care if this is required to place the child into safety. Building and maintaining a professional network with the experts and care providers involved is also part of your duties. The work area is diverse and multifaceted, however, you certainly are expected to:

  • See to the implementation of the plan of action by offering counselling and assistance to the family
  • Use different treatment and counselling methods focused on the request for assistance, problem situation or imposed measure
  • Mediate in conflict situations (between youngster, client system and/or parties involved)
  • Compel parents and children concerned, where it regards forced programmes, to observe the plan of action, and the advice and instructions provided, if required
  • You will provide information, knowledge and advice to parents in the area of development and child rearing
  • You will give trainings aimed at expanding social and practical skills

The organisation

Youth Care and Family Supervision Caribbean Netherlands (Jeugdzorg en Gezinsvoogdij Caribisch Nederland, hereinafter referred to as JGCN) focuses on the child's safety. If a child's development is at risk, it is the JGCN’s duty to provide a safe living environment, in order to ensure that the child can develop in a protected environment. The JGCN can use both voluntary and forced programmes for this purpose.

The youth policy in the Caribbean Netherlands distinguishes two authorities: the public entities which are primarily responsible for prevention and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport, VWS) which is responsible for more complex requests for assistance, foster care and the implementation of family supervision.

Your competencies

  • Cooperation
  • Customer orientation
  • Planning and organising
  • Sociability
  • Integrity/dependability
  • Analytical skills
  • Power of persuasion
  • Result orientation

Job requirements

  • You have an HBO (higher vocational education) training in Social Work and Services or Social Pedagogical Assistance
  • You have comprehensive experience with youth care services, preferably as a family guardian or itinerant social worker
  • You have a proper command of Papiamentu and Dutch, both verbally and in writing
  • You have knowledge of relevant laws and regulations, working methods and processes
  • You have knowledge of (legal) protocols and guidelines for the implementation of measures in the context of supervision orders and juvenile probation
  • You have adequate communication skills to maintain informational contact with (foster) parents/families, schools, external agencies and suchlike

What we offer

  • A salary in line with the market, initial salary scale 8 and job salary scale 9 between a minimum of $2,247.00 and a maximum of $3,506.00 per month based on a work week of 39.5 hours. A pay grade based on knowledge and experience
  • An end-year bonus of at least $1,500.00
  • A holiday pay of 8.33% of the remuneration
  • A proper pension plan administered by PCN
  • In-house training opportunities
  • 184 holiday hours (based on a 39.5-hour work week)
  • A temporary appointment of one year with the prospect of a permanent appointment

Terms of appointment:

  • Submission of a Certificate of Good Conduct (Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag, VOG) and a medical examination is required
  • Dutch citizenship is a requirement

For more information about the job vacancy, please contact
Name: Jeanalda Pourier, Youth Care and Family Supervision Manager
Telephone    : +599 715 7201

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Email: vacature@rijksdienstCN.com