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DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:  The Senior CPS Caseworker provides professional social services casework involving determinations in child protective investigations, recommendations concerning need for services and/or court involvement, and formulation of plans for individual cases, or as directed by the court. The Senior CPS Caseworker’s functional duties are similar to those of CPS Caseworker, but the Senior level requires a higher level of training and skills. The Senior CPS Caseworker operates with a greater degree of independence in investigations, with wider leeway for independent action and decision-making. Senior CPS Caseworkers are responsible for mentoring, training, and overseeing the work of lower-level CPS staff. Performs related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:           (Illustrative only)

  • Conducts independent investigations into Child Abuse and Neglect Reports as received from the New York Child Abuse Registry;
  • Interviews sources, persons and perpetrators and makes decisions as to whether there is enough credible evidence to substantiate the allegations made in the reports;
  • Determines a course of action as to the nature and seriousness of the allegations and whether (with consultation of the agency Attorney) court intervention is required;
  • Files petitions in abuse and/or neglect cases;
  • Recommends services, necessary safety interventions or remedial action in order to protect a child(ren);
  • Makes field visits to both respondent, sources, persons named and collateral sources;
  • Conducts Court Ordered Investigations (COIs) as directed by the Court;
  • When removal of a child is indicated, coordinates placement of the child with the Case Supervisor of Family Services Unit;
  • Makes and arranges for medical care both on ongoing cases and in the course of an investigation;
  • Makes referrals to other agencies when indicated;
  • Writes letters, reports and other documentation as required;
  • Maintains a computerized case file as required by New York State;
  • Conducts joint investigations with police as indicated;
  • Conducts sexual abuse investigation as indicated;
  • Provides twenty-four (24) hour coverage to receive and act on reports of child abuse and/or neglect that are received on weekends and after normal work hours;
  • Routinely works after hours outside of normal day in order to conduct investigations;
  • Discusses cases with CPS Caseworkers and monitors client progress;
  • Provides training for new CPS employees.
  • Assists the CPS Supervisor in administering the work of the unit; 
  • Performs a variety of related activities as required.

Typical Work Activities are intended only as illustrations of possible types of work that might be appropriately assigned to an incumbent of this title. Work activities that do not appear above are not excluded as appropriate work assignments, as long as they can be reasonably understood to be within the logical limits of the job.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:   Good knowledge of principles and practices of social casework as applied to children and families; good knowledge of child abuse and neglect investigations techniques; working knowledge of appropriate laws, regulations and programs related to child abuse, neglect and protection; working knowledge of Federal, State and local public welfare laws and programs; familiarity with services provided by the agency and community resources; ability to effectively conduct interviews and investigations; ability to prepare written reports, petitions and other necessary documents; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing to groups and individuals; ability to use computers and computer software for word processing and data management; ability to maintain calm in conflict situations; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; ability to deal effectively and objectively with clients of diverse socio-economic backgrounds and cultures; good listening skills; social perceptiveness.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in social work, criminal justice or a related human services field and two (2) years full-time paid experience with a public or private agency adhering to acceptable standards in social work which must have involved experience with formulation and operations of independent investigations into situations of alleged child abuse and/or neglect; or
  2. Bachelor’s degree and four (4) years full-time paid experience with a public or private agency adhering to acceptable standards in social work which must have involved experience with formulation and operations of independent investigations into situations of alleged child abuse and/or neglect; or
  3. An equivalent combination of education and experience as indicated in (a) and (b) above.

PLEASE NOTE:  Your degree must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by a regional, national, or specialized agency recognized as an accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education/U.S. Secretary of Education.


Possession of a valid unrestricted appropriate level driver’s license and acceptable driving record is required at time of appointment and must be maintained throughout employment.



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Mission Statement

Our mission is to administer, in a fair and equitable manner, the provisions of New York State Civil Service Law and Putnam County Civil Service Rules with respect to the offices and employments in the classified service of Putnam County and the civil divisions therein, which include the towns, villages, school districts, libraries and special districts.

It is Putnam County Personnel Department’s responsibility to ensure Putnam County taxpayers of a public workforce qualified for their jobs pursuant to the principles of selection according to merit and fitness as set forth in Article 5, §6 of the New York State Constitution.

  • Paul Eldridge

    Personnel Officer

Putnam County Office Building

40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512

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