4311. Social Worker Role

  1. Social workers have primary responsibility to coordinate the case planning efforts (per Child Safety Section policy) of all persons working on behalf of the child. This includes helping to develop goals and the means to their achievement with the parents in order to strengthen the family.
  2. Information Sharing-Either prior to or soon after placement, the social worker must have a candid discussion with the care providers to inform them of the following:
    1. The reasons for the placement.
    2. Full disclosure of the child's needs and characteristics.
    3. The agency plan for the child's parents, relatives, and the care providers.
    4. The legal process.
    5. The child's right to have reasonable access to uncensored communication (i.e. private telephone calls, uncensored mail) with parents, relatives, and others. Exceptions to the rights result if court orders or case plans restrict the child's contact with certain people for their safety or the safety of others, or for the child's well-being.
  3. The social worker must give the foster care/kinship care provider or /agency, information and resources within available funding, to assist with the stability of the placement and to meet the needs of the child.
  4. The social worker works with the placement family/agency and with the other professionals involved in the case to support the permanent plan for the child.
  5. See the Case Services Policy Manual, chapter 4000, section 4120, paragraph A, for requirements to disclose information regarding HIV infection and sexually transmitted diseases to the residential care provider for the child who is less than 14 years of age.