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Position: Social Worker

CSJ serves and supports individuals and communities that have experiences trauma to ensure they are safe, heard, and receive true healing and justice.

In April 2012, CSJ began operations in Delhi, India in response to high levels of child sexual abuse. Since inception, CSJ has provided direct legal and psycho-social support to more than 220 children during criminal proceedings in Delhi trial courts. While our lawyers make sure that the child gets justice in court and fair victim compensation, our social workers holistically work with children and their families by providing them emotional, mental, educational, financial, rehabilitative and other forms of support. 

The Social Worker will provide counselling to children in violent or abusive situations due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and give direct support to child sexual abuse survivors and their families during the criminal justice process. The position reports directly to the Program Director and is based in Delhi, India.

COVID-19 response duties 

  • The social worker must be equipped to interact with children and provide psycho-social support virtually or over telephone given limited field presence currently. 
  • The social may need to work with families struggling in terms of emotional well being during COVID-19.
  • The social worker will be required to provide psycho-social support to women and children in violent or abusive situations exacerbated by COVID-19.
  • Regular follow ups to be done with clients and families to assess immediate need such as shelter, medical or food if any during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Regular intervention at Child Care Institutions in form of circles and or provide support to children as required.
  • The social worker is required to prepare content and undertake trainings/webinars for front-line workers in collaboration with various government/non-government agencies.
  • Apart from the pre-existing cases of child sexual abuse the social worker is required to provide emotional and psycho-social support via telephonic counseling to cases received as a part of stakeholder collaboration COVID-19 response. These cases may not necessarily be of child sexual abuse.

Support person duties

  • Manage a full caseload of clients to ensure they are connected with psycho-social support and psychological care services. 
  • Along with a lawyer, act as first-responder to child sexual abuse victims at the police station and during medical exams. 
  • Conduct client intake and home inquiries and identify psycho-social needs that stabilize client living environment.
  • Conduct counseling sessions with clients and families covering themes of safety, coping and resilience.
  • Be assigned as a Support Person and attend Child Welfare Committee hearings to advocate for client’s best interests.
  • In capacity of support person, send regular updates to Child Welfare Committee and establish rapport with the bench.
  • Work with lawyers to advocate for and help clients collect interim and final victim compensation from government schemes.
  • Work with lawyers in conducting interviews and pre-trial visits and preparing clients and families (if applicable) to testify at trial.
  • Attend court hearings and support clients when they give statements and testify.
  • Help conduct client and family experience surveys to understand their interactions with the criminal justice system and obtain feedback on legal and psycho-social support services.
  • Participate in bi-monthly casework meetings, stakeholders meetings organized by SPUWAC, DCPCR , DCPUs etc. 
  • Proactively engage government authorities, especially Child Welfare Committee (CWC) members, police officials , DCW and DSLSA counsels in court to gain influence that furthers client cases.
  • Strictly adhere to CSJ ethical guidelines when representing clients and collaborating with government authorities and stakeholder partners.
  • Methodically document and record information about client cases in the case management system in a consistent, accurate, comprehensive and timely manner.
  • Collaborate with all/other team members as per project requirement.
  • Conduct other activities as required by your supervisor.

* please note that this role requires sustained interaction with child sexual abuse victims which may create or aggravate mental health difficulties. However as per organizational policy CSJ promotes staff care and self care.

 Required qualifications and attributes
  • Masters of Social Work or related degree required.
  • 0-2 years’ experience in the development or human rights sector preferred, ideally child and woman rights or development.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office or similar software and database systems.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the disadvantaged and vulnerable sections of society.
  • Excellent comprehension of written and spoken English and Hindi.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a challenging, sometimes hostile, environment.
  • Uncompromising insistence on truth, integrity and excellence in work.
  • Persistent, bold, yet diplomatic, when standing up for client interests.
  • Willingness to learn and stretch oneself beyond comfort levels.
  • Ability to adapt to the changing environment of a new and growing organization.
  • Commitment to meeting deadlines and achieving results under pressure.
  • Willingness to respond to sexual assault cases at the police station at all times, including late night.
  • Qualified women from underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates can send their CVs to: engage@csjindia.org.

CSJ seeks volunteer lawyers to represent child sexual abuse victims

CSJ seeks qualified Indian advocates to serve on a pro bono lawyers panel that provides free legal representation to child sexual abuse victims during trial.

What court are cases located? 
 Cases will be in Delhi trial courts, mostly Saket court, but a few in Patiala House court.

What is required of you? 
Provide direct legal representation in one case. Commit at least one year to the case (the contract is renewable).

What’s next?

Internships

CSJ is looking for qualified, committed and compassionate people to intern with CSJ in law, social work, psychology, marketing, communications, and finance.  Interested candidates can send their CVs and a statement of interest to: engage@csjindia.org