Duplin County NC

Social Worker III – Adult Protective Services

DEPARTMENT:   Duplin County Social Services

SALARY:  $18.22 / $ 37,896 Annually – $ 32.35 Hourly / $ 67,296 Annually)                                                                 “Based on Experience & Qualifications”

OPENING DATE:    July 29, 2020          Closing Date:  August 12, 2020 at 5:00 PM                                     

APPLY AT:  Duplin County Personnel Office
                      County Administration Building
                      224 Seminary Street
                      Kenansville, NC  28349  

Website Address:  www.duplincountync.com                                                

“Equal Opportunity Employer”


The primary purpose of this position is to provide services to disabled or aged adults who are in need of protection from abuse, neglect or exploitation. The Adult protective Service (APS) worker provides a vast number of services to correct or prevent abuse, neglect or exploitation of incapacitated adults. Adult Protective Services differs from many of the other Social Services as it may be initiated without the consent of the adult. The Adult protective Services worker receives alleged information, makes a diligent and thorough evaluation of that information, and determines if the adult is in need of protection. If the adult is in need of protective services, the worker begins a multi-faceted approach to correct or prevent further abuse, neglect or exploitation. Services may include planning and counseling with the adult and his relatives or caretakers, assisting or arranging for alternative living arrangements, and arranging for legal, medical or other needed services. This position will also serve as perform duties as back-up Adult Home Specialist.


The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification.  It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in this class.  The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.

  • Receives intake report alleging neglect, abuse or exploitation of an incapacitated adult and complete intake form.
  • Initiates the reports immediately if the individual is alleged to be in danger of death, within 24 hours if the individual is alleged to be in irreparable harm or within 72 hours in a less threatening situation.
  • Interview clients in the area of physical health, mental health, activities/instrumental activities of daily living, economic, environment, and social support.
  • Evaluates the report by making home visits to the adult, telephone calls to collaterals and obtaining information from various computer systems such as Central Registry, NCFAST, OLV, DMV, AOC, ACTS and CLEAR.
  • Complete documentations from interviews, telephone calls and conferences.
  • Staff with the supervisor and/or unit to make a case decision to substantiate or unsubstantiated neglect, abuse and/or exploitation.
  • Complete forms DAAS-5026, DSS5027, Community Evaluation. Face Sheet, Notices to Reporters. Initial and Final Written Reports, Case Maintenance Forms, Mental Health Questionnaire, Determination of Capacity.
  • Develop service plans that outline the adult goals and target date of achievement.
  • Mobilize services for clients and/or refer for services to outside agencies.
  • Conduct quarterly home visits to evaluate the need of the adults.
  • Find placements for disabled adults in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, group home or the community.
  • Meet with County Attorney to discuss court cases.
  • Testifies in court regarding case findings.
  • Files involuntary commitment papers as needed.
  • Collaborate with outside agencies to ensure the safety of adults in need of protection.
  • Complete monthly reports regarding caseload activity.
  • Rotate on-call nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Attends unit staff meetings, training through NC Division of Aging and Adult Services and Webinars.
  • Develop Corrective Actions Reports for facility operating out of compliance in the rules and regulations with Division of Health Service.
  • Conduct quarterly monitoring visits to ensure compliance according to DHSR rules and regulations.
  • Find placements for disabled adults in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, group home or the community.
  • Attends penalty hearings on the state level when violations are identified in the facility.
  • Meet with Division of Health Service Regulation staff and/or Attorney General Office to discuss court cases when applicable.
  • Works in disaster shelters as deemed necessary.


While the following tasks are necessary for the work of the unit, they are not an essential part of the purpose of this position and may also be performed by other unit members.

  • Assists client in applying for services that are needed to ensure their safety.
  • Complete food referrals and deliver to disabled adult.
  • Assists unit members on home visits when there are safety concerns.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Master’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work; Bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work and completion of the Child Welfare Collaborative (Child Welfare positions only); Bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work and one year directly related experience; Master’s degree in counseling in a human services field and one year of social work or counseling; Bachelor’s degree in a human services field from an accredited college or university and two years directly related experience; Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and three years of directly related experience.


  • Must have a valid N.C. driver’s license. Must have access to use of a motor vehicle for travel to and from home visits and/or training.
  • In accordance with the county’s drug free workplace policy, employees will be subject to pre-employment and random drug screening.