The Office of the Children's Lawyer (OCL) is responsible for conducting clinical investigations and the preparation of reports for consideration by the courts in identifying and protecting the best interests of children regarding parenting time and decision-making, and education of children involved in legal proceedings. For more information about the work of the OCL, please visit the Office of the Children's Lawyer page
We are seeking Regional Clinical Supervisors to coordinate and supervise clinical investigation services and develop and implement service delivery priorities, while ensuring that investigations meet professional social work standards and legal requirements. Information about the services provided by clinicians can be found on the Clinician services and clinical reports page
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- Supervise a caseload of Fee-for-Service agents who are members of the OCL Clinical Panel (panel agents) and provide services on behalf of the OCL including conducting investigations, preparation of reports for the court, and assisting lawyers who are providing legal representation to children
- Provide clinical oversight and direction for panel agents throughout the investigation and report preparation process
- Develop and conduct professional development sessions for panel agents to ensure the effective transfer of knowledge and best practices within assigned regions
- Conduct regular performance reviews of panel agents
- Participate in developing policies and procedures in all aspects of case management and investigation
- Handle inquiries and complaints from parties, counsel and ministry staff and review and prepare responses to disputes.
- Conduct occasional Children's Lawyer Reports and Voice of the Child Reports
- Assist OCL lawyers in providing consultation and advice regarding psychosocial aspects of cases, assisting in assembling information and evaluating data, interpreting child's needs, and providing clinical input at meetings and in court
- Conduct stakeholder consultations to identify regional needs, service gaps and pressures related to OCL services
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- You have a Master's degree in Social Work and registration in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
(NOTE: your registration number will be verified at the screening stage and only those currently
registered in good standing will be considered for the position)
- You have supervisory expertise to provide clinical supervision, evaluation, and consultation to panel agents
- You have clinical skills to intervene in complex custody and access disputes and can work within a legal context
- You have effective training skills to develop and present professional development sessions to panel agents and training programs to community partner organizations
- You have knowledge of theories, practices and techniques of social work in order to supervise and provide clinical oversight to panel agents while ensuring quality of investigations and court documents related to custody, access, child support, and education of children involved in legal proceedings
- You are aware of current clinical research, case law, psychosocial theories, and other related issues (i.e. intimate partner violence, mental health, alienation, abuse and substance abuse, etc.) to oversee sensitive and complex clinical investigations
- You can interpret and apply strategies, directions, standards, and legislation related to the legal representation of children involved in legal proceedings (i.e. Family Law Act, Divorce Act, Children's Law Reform Act, Child Youth and Family Services Act, Courts of Justice Act)
- You are able to intervene in contentious cases and identify appropriate course of action to resolve conflicts concerning panel agents, OCL clients, partners, and lawyers
- You are able to monitor a large regional caseload and coordinate activities from multiple sources while meeting strict deadlines
- You can obtain, assess, and provide opinions and clinical investigative reports
- You can represent the OCL with regional stakeholders while maintaining on-going dialogue and promoting the integration of OCL programs with regional priorities and programs
- You have excellent written communication skills to prepare reports, policies, procedures, issues notes, and briefing notes