Child Protection Worker Selection Test

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Child Protection Worker Selection Test
Basic Information: This is a selection test to assist in the decision to choose candidates for child protection workers. Your score on this test will determine whether you will be offered a final structured interview with a panel of representatives from Barclay Child Protection Agency. You need to get at least 70% of the answers correct in order to be offered the final interview. If you do, you will see a YES at the end of the test, which indicates you have successfully secured the interview with BCPA and you will be contacted to arrange a day and time. If you see a NO, it means you did not answer at least 70% of the questions correctly, and you do NOT qualify for a position at BCPA. If you see a NO, you may take the test again six months more

  
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  • 1. 
    The fundamental job of a child protection worker is to:
    • A. 

      Strenghten the community

    • B. 

      Helping parents improve core parenting skills

    • C. 

      Protect rights and safety of children

    • D. 

      Prepare legal documents for court proceedings

    • E. 

      Remove children from homes that are unsafe


  • 2. 
    Child Protection Workers should spend the majority of their time:
    • A. 

      Completing and updating government mandated child and family assessments and profiles

    • B. 

      Consulting with the supervisor regarding plan of action for families

    • C. 

      Attending family court proceedings to represent child in court

    • D. 

      Making home visits to assess child safety and provide support

    • E. 

      Meet with team members to provide support and encouragement


  • 3. 
    Scenario:You have been assigned to work with a family because of allegations made that the mother has been hitting the 12 year old son.  There are two younger children in the home (ages 5 and 10).  The allegations were made by the 12 year old at school, when asked about a bruise on his shoulder and back.  You go to the address provided for the family by the school and knock on the door.  You see movement in the window and the car in the driveway, but nobody answers, what do you do?
    • A. 

      Begin threatening the mother that the police will arrest her if she doesn't answer.

    • B. 

      Break down the door and enter the home.

    • C. 

      Document your attempt, notify your supervisor and consult about the next step

    • D. 

      Call the police to break down the door

    • E. 

      Close the file, she obviously doesn't want to talk to you anyway.


  • 4. 
    Scenario:You receive a call from a distressed grandmother who isn't able to get her 7 year old grandson to take his ADHD medication in the morning.  Consequently, he is refusing to get dressed and refusing to go to school.  She has also called the police and says she can't handle him any more.  She insists that he be put into care, because she can't deal with him any more.
    • A. 

      Tell the grandmother to be more firm and strict with her grandson, and show him who is boss.

    • B. 

      Consult with supervisor, and make preparations to take child into care

    • C. 

      Laugh at the grandmother's inability to control her grandmother and ask her to stop waisting the agency's time

    • D. 

      Ask police to help brace the child while grandmother administers the medication.

    • E. 

      Try to reason with the boy to get him to take his medication


  • 5. 
    Before apprehending a child, you should always:
    • A. 

      Consult with your supervisor(s) to ensure just cause for apprehension

    • B. 

      Make sure you have enough gas in your tank to get all the way back to the agency.

    • C. 

      Ask the parents if that is okay with them.

    • D. 

      Ask the child if they want to be apprehended.

    • E. 

      See if any neighbors can take the child while you figure out what to do with the family


  • 6. 
    After apprehending a child, you should place the child with:
    • A. 

      Who they choose to be placed with

    • B. 

      Their other parent (if separated)

    • C. 

      Their grandparents

    • D. 

      A foster home

    • E. 

      An agency designated safe home that has been pre-approved by the agency, whether it be family, foster or friend


  • 7. 
    Scenario:Your agency receives a call about a possible neglect of a new born baby (approximately 3 weeks old).  The anonymous caller states the mother and father are often seen in the back yard smoking marijuana while the baby can be heard crying in the home, sometimes for hours. How soon does your agency need to respond?
    • A. 

      24 hours

    • B. 

      48 hours

    • C. 

      1 week

    • D. 

      By the end of the month

    • E. 

      No response needed, parents still taking care of child


  • 8. 
    Scenario:You are called to investigate a two parent family with 3 children, ages 12, 6, and 18 months.  It has been alleged that the father is physically abusing the mother and the children are not being fed or clothed for school appropriately.  The school has called that the 12 and 6 year old do not have adequate lunches and wear dirty clothing.  What/who is the most urgent need in this family?
    • A. 

      Anger manangement courses for the father

    • B. 

      Financial support for the family to supply appropriate food and clothing for the school children

    • C. 

      The comprehensive needs of the 18 month old child, then the older children

    • D. 

      Counseling for the mother

    • E. 

      Criminal charges for the father and removal of him from the home (arrest)


  • 9. 
    Scenario:You've just finished a very busy week at work, its now Saturday and you're in the grocery store for the weekly grocery shopping trip.  As you fill your cart with the last item (chocolate mint ice cream) you hear a scream from behind you.  You turn around to see a toddler getting slapped by her mother and being told to shut up.  When the child keeps crying, the mother slaps the child again.  You are obligated to:
    • A. 

      Do nothing, you're not on duty, time to check out and get home so you can eat some ice cream

    • B. 

      Call the police and leave as quickly as possible

    • C. 

      Call the after hours hotline at the agency for direction on making a referral or to call the police

    • D. 

      Hit the mother and ask how she likes it

    • E. 

      Show the mother your badge and threaten her to stop it or else


  • 10. 
    Scenario:You get a call from a child who claims his mother has kicked him out of the house and he wants to have your agency take him into the agency's care.  Upon finding out his birthdate, you find he is 18 years old.  What is your best option?
    • A. 

      Take the young man into your agency care in foster or group home placement

    • B. 

      Tell him to find a comfortable box

    • C. 

      Refer him to the local shelter

    • D. 

      Refer him and his family to family counseling services

    • E. 

      Refer him to various social service programs for youth, after conducting an investigation to determine if any children under 16 are at risk of abandonment, abuse or neglect in the home.


  • 11. 
    The best way to get work done is to:
    • A. 

      Skip lunches

    • B. 

      Work late

    • C. 

      Take work home

    • D. 

      Come in early

    • E. 

      Work hard during the business hours, then go home and recharge your batteries


  • 12. 
    As a child protection worker, you work in a team of six workers with a supervisor and a team assistant.  New files are assigned based on case load and worker fit.  Because your supervisor believes you can handle it, she assigns eight new files to you which will put you three files over the cap set by the organization.  You should:
    • A. 

      Be grateful you have a job and get to work

    • B. 

      Take on the files and then vent to other team members about the work load

    • C. 

      Decline the new files on the spot

    • D. 

      Approach your supervisor alone and voice your objective concerns about the work load exceeding your limit

    • E. 

      Go over your supervisors head, because she obviously doesn't understand your needs, and speak to the unit manager about the policy violation


  • 13. 
    Scenario:You and your fellow team member are assigned to investigate a family suspected of abusing the two children.  As you conduct you're assessment, you find that the abuse happened by the children's father who does not live in the home.  The chidren's mother has been trying to find work to afford to move to new home.  After completing your assessment you decide the children should stay with their mother and you begin to think of ways to support her with her plans to find work and move.  Your team member tells you he thinks the children should be apprehended because they aren't safe there.  What is your response?
    • A. 

      Call your supervisor, voice your opinion, support the final decision made by supervisor.

    • B. 

      Argue with the team member until he bends, you're obviously right

    • C. 

      Tell him if he wants to apprehend, he'll have to do it alone, then leave.

    • D. 

      Agree with his decision, to avoid an argument, then complain about it to the supervisor when you get back

    • E. 

      Agree with this decision, and then worry about whether it was right the whole next week while on vacation


  • 14. 
    Scenario:You notice you've been coming in early, skipping lunches and staying late more often.  You've also been taking files home to work on them.  While you used to enjoy going to the gym to exercise, you haven't had time lately.  This is a sign that you:
    • A. 

      Are a dedicated worker and should keep it up.

    • B. 

      Are working hard, and deserve a raise

    • C. 

      Should take a vacation

    • D. 

      Are beginning to burn out and should make immediate changes to your schedule to restore balance in your own life

    • E. 

      Love being a child protection worker


  • 15. 
    Why do you want to be a child protection worker?
    • A. 

      I hate people that abuse children. I want to take their children away so they can't hurt them anymore

    • B. 

      I had a difficult childhood and helping other children helps me feel better about myself, almost making up for what happened to me

    • C. 

      I believe in the intrinsic value of all people and want to help make children safe and happy, and help families improve coping strategies.

    • D. 

      The pay is right what I need coming out of school.

    • E. 

      I don't like math or science so helping people was the only thing left


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