The mission of the Child Advocacy Center of Onslow County (CACOC) is to minimize trauma to child victims of sexual and physical abuse and their non-offending family members by providing a centralized, safe and child-friendly facility from which a multidisciplinary team (MDT) conducts investigation and intervention activities; to advocate for and support child victims and non-offending family members by representing their interests throughout the process, promoting appropriate therapies and making referrals to community resources as needed; and to enhance the quality of the legal process.
Position Summary: Under the direction of the CAC Director, the Interviewer/Advocate provides victim advocacy for children and their non-offending caregiver. The Interviewer/Advocate also conducts forensic interviews of children who are believed to have experienced child sexual abuse or serious physical abuse in a supportive environment. The Interviewer/Advocate effectively communicates with the multidisciplinary team (MDT) to ensure quality of service.
Collaborates with all members of the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) to ensure that all investigations and services are coordinated efficiently and expeditiously
Establish rapport, provide crisis intervention and community resources, complete needs assessment with children and non-offending caregiver throughout evaluation
Provides support to child and assists the medical provider during the medical examination
Act as the liaison between the child, non-offending caregiver, and the identified mental health provider
Provides on-going support and assistance to child and non-offending caregiver through follow-up that continues throughout the life of the case
Conducts forensic interviews with children who are believed to be possible victims of child sexual abuse and serious physical abuse
Testify in criminal and/or juvenile court when necessary to clarify information obtained during an interview with the child
Participates in quarterly forensic interview peer review
Participates in monthly MDT meetings to provide information about the child’s forensic interview and to provide information about child’s progress after being seen in the CAC.
Participates in on-going initiatives of program and organization.
Assists in patient information management through the use of the NCAtrak database and case file with accuracy and timeliness
Works to ensure best practice approaches and adherence with NCA Accreditation Standards
Provides community outreach, education and preventative services to agencies and community members
Various other duties and special projects to be assigned by CAC Director
Bachelor’s degree in social work, counseling, human service or related field; Master’s degree is preferred
Professional experience working with children and families who have experienced abuse and trauma, and/or general mental health practice strongly favored
Ability to work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team with a willingness to appreciate and value different points of view
Excellent organizational and time management skills required
Strong interpersonal relationship and crisis management skills
A sound knowledge of child trauma and victimization issues
Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
Ability to provide training and organize effective presentations to large groups
Displays leadership and professional integrity
Demonstrates ability to hold self and others accountable