CDS Position Overview

Children's Aid Society Thunder Bay - Thunder Bay, ON (8 months ago)

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The Children’s Aid Society
of the District of Thunder Bay

Position Overview for CDS Support Worker – Casual

Children’s Developmental Services (CDS) Program

Operating under the auspices of the Children’s Aid Society of the District of Thunder Bay, the goal of the
CDS Program is to enable children and youth with complex medical/developmental needs to remain at
home in the care of their families. Working directly with families and community partners, the CDS
Program provides case management and other support services unique to each family’s needs.

CDS Support Workers

CDS Support Workers are individuals with a background in human services and a passion for working
with children and youth with developmental challenges. CDS Support Workers are energetic, caring
people hired on an as-needed contract basis to work with children and youth served through the CDS
Program. The support provided by CDS Support Workers augments services provided by other
community agencies and family connections.

CDS Case Managers

CDS Case Managers engage families in planning, negotiating and collaborating with community partners
for the provision and coordination of individualized, culturally responsive, flexible services to meet the
unique needs and circumstances of the family. CDS Case Managers provide support, resources and
direction to the CDS Support Workers in carrying out their duties and responsibilities.

CDS Support Worker Duties

CDS Support Workers are engaged primarily in two areas:
Community Support

CDS Support Workers assist with transporting children and youth to appointments,
recreational programs, special events or other activities in the community. CDS Support
Workers provide one-to-one support to enable children and youth to participate to the
fullest extent in meaningful activities promoting inclusion. Specific dates/times of outings
are arranged by the CDS Support Worker in direct consultation with the parent.

In Home Support
CDS Support Workers provide one-to-one support to children and youth in their own
homes, affording the parents the opportunity of a much needed break in situations where
the child or youth’s needs are significant and there are no other alternative care giving
options. Training as to the specific care requirements, behavioural strategies and
recommended interventions is provided by the family.

CDS Support Worker Overview August 2015/kf
Revised March 2016/kf

Work Assignment

Once approved, the CDS Support Worker signs a Generic Contract and their name is put on a Master List
that is made available to all CDS Case Managers. When the services of a CDS Support Worker have
been approved for a family, the CDS Case Manager contacts a CDS Support Worker and enquires about
their availability, experience and interest in working with the specific family. If the CDS Support Worker is
interested and their skills appear to be a good match for the family, the CDS Case Manager will meet with
the CDS Support Worker and family, outlining duties, preferred hours of work and other pertinent
specifics of the family’s support needs.

Time Commitment

Some CDS Support Workers work as few as 2-3 hours per week with one family, while others may be
working up to 25 hours per week with several different families. It usually depends on the availability of
the CDS Support Worker and their interest in working with our CDS families.

CDS Support Workers are asked to give the CDS Case Manager at least two weeks’ notice if they cannot
continue in their role to allow the CDS Case Manager an opportunity to recruit and hire a new CDS
Support Worker for the family.

Work Hours

This position is intended to be a casual, part-time position. There is no guarantee of hours. CDS Support
Workers may accept as many hours of work as they can reasonably handle, up to a maximum of 40 hours
per week. It is the CDS Support Worker’s responsibility to keep track of their own hours as they could be
working with several different CDS families at the same time.

CDS Support Worker Supervision

CDS Support Workers are supervised by the Manager of Resources, CDS & Outreach if working in
Thunder Bay. District CDS Support Workers are supervised by a District Office Manager. Any questions
related to general tasks and duties, human resource issues, employment conditions, agency
policies/procedures and/or training will be addressed by the assigned Manager. Additionally, all Health
and Safety incidents, issues and concerns are to be reported to the assigned Manager.

CDS Support Workers are assigned work by a CDS Case Manager, who also provides ongoing
mentoring and support. CDS Case Managers provide information to CDS Support Workers with regards
to specific questions/updates relating to children/youth and families they are involved with.

Orientation and Training

All newly hired Thunder Bay CDS Support Workers are required to attend an evening Agency Orientation
Session. Individualized orientation plans are developed for District CDS Support Workers as required. In
addition, specific training of interest to the CDS Support Workers may be offered from time to time. CDS
Support Workers are reimbursed for time spent in Orientation or Training.


Compensation is as follows:
Salary $14.00/hr + 4% vacation pay
Mileage .49/km
Incidental client related expenses as pre-approved by CDS Case Managers

CDS Support Worker Overview August 2015/kf
Revised March 2016/kf

Vehicle and License Requirements

This position requires access to a reliable vehicle suitable for transporting children. The CDS Support
Worker must carry appropriate insurance for the term of the employment contract (minimum of
$1,000,000 liability coverage) and inform their carrier that they are driving for employment purposes. The
employee must also possess a valid Class “G” Driving License and a safe driving record. A safe driving
record is defined as possessing less than 6 demerit points and no more than 2 driving offences in the last
3 years, as confirmed by the completion of a Driver’s Abstract Check through the Ministry of
Transportation (completed at no cost by the CAS upon an offer of conditional employment).

Application Process

Applicants may apply on line at: Go to “Careers” to submit a cover letter and

Or apply directly to:
Human Resources
The Children’s Aid Society of the District of Thunder Bay
1110 Jade Court, Thunder Bay, ON
P7B 6M7

Employment is conditional upon applicants providing (at their own cost) a current Criminal Records Check
– Vulnerable Sector, deemed satisfactory to the Employer, upon hire. The CRC must be completed by the
applicant’s residential police services provider.

In addition, the applicant must consent to the agency completing a driving record check and an internal
Child Welfare check (no cost to the applicant for either check).

The results of all three checks must be deemed acceptable by the agency prior to commencement of

CDS Support Worker Overview August 2015/kf
Revised March 2016/kf