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Adult Protection Worker

Date: Nov 27, 2018

Location: SYDNEY, NS, CA, B1P5L1

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Apply By: 12/11/2018  


Health and Wellness 


Adult Protection Worker, Permanent, SYDNEY 


Competition # 17543  



About Us


The Department of Health and Wellness offers opportunities to grow and advance in a dynamic sector that touches the lives of all Nova Scotians.  Along with our partners, including the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the IWK Health Centre, we’re committed to continually improving our health care system. With a focus on collaborative primary health care, continuing care, improved supports for mental health and addictions, digital health, capital infrastructure, and more, the department is thinking differently about how to plan, fund, legislate and monitor to improve access and service delivery. To do this, we need leaders at all levels of the organization who embrace a challenge and believe in their ability to make a difference.


About Our Opportunity


Designated by the Minister of Health and Wellness our Adult Protection Workers strive to ensure the safety of clients aged 16 and older who are allegedly abused or neglected as defined by the Adult Protection Act. You will achieve this through the investigation and assessment of clients referred as well as by working closely with other departments, stakeholders, care coordinators, health professionals and other community agencies.


In addition, you will:

  • investigate, assess and refer clients for services in accordance with the Adult Protection Act
  • create care plans to address client's protection needs which may include court intervention
  • complete Adult Protection Risk and Capacity Assessments to determine an adult's risk level and if the client has the mental and/or physical ability to protect themselves from the alleged abuse/neglect
  • provide case management related to the client's protective needs
  • monitor care plans to ensure the protective needs of the client are mitigated
  • maintain detailed case management records electronically
  • Initiate court applications in accordance with the Adult Protection Act, submit evidence to the courts through affidavits and testifying in court (as required).


About You


This position requires you to have a Bachelor of Social Work plus 4 years related experience, or a Master of Social Work plus 2 years related experience. Must be a registered (or eligible for registration) with Social Worker in Nova Scotia.


As the successful candidate you will have proven assessment, communication and interviewing skills as well as negotiation, problem solving, critical thinking, time management. You will also have experience/knowledge in counselling techniques which includes crisis and life-threatening situations.


In addition to the above, you will also:

  • Have excellent computer skills which includes using programs as Microsoft Suite, Word, PowerPoint.
  • Be able to work independently and cooperatively with others as well as demonstrate an ability to make sound decisions.


Familiarity with the Adult Protection Act an asset.


Valid driver's license and reliable vehicle as travel is required.



Pay Grade:  PR 16  


Salary Range:  $2,570.00 - $3,144.00 Bi-Weekly


This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU).


If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:



Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued.  


External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates.


Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy and we welcome applications from Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer.


We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  For questions or concerns, please contact


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