Welcome to Leeds and Grenville Interval House

 We are hiring: Full-time Child Witness Worker

Leeds and Grenville Interval House is accepting applications for the position of Child Witness Worker.

Leeds & Grenville Interval House
Is presently hiring for the position of

Children’s Witness Worker (Full-time Permanent Position)

Leeds and Grenville Interval House is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to providing services to women and children who have experienced violence and abuse. LGIH provides emergency shelter, counselling and supportive services to women and their children living in the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.

Reporting to the Executive Director – the Children’s Witness Worker (CWW) will be part of the LGIH team that provides support, referrals and advocacy to families, children and youth in Leeds and Grenville.  As well as women their children and youth residing in Shelter. The CWW’s responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • To work cooperatively with children and women servicing agencies to identify client needs, provide referrals, advocate on the clients behalf and identify children who could benefit from the program.
  • To develop/maintain group work descriptions for concurrent programs for children who have witnessed domestic violence and their mothers consistent with the program description.
  • To develop/maintain a collaborative model for the delivery of social group work to children who have witnessed domestic violence and their mothers with other community agencies, particularly, Children’s Mental Health, Children’s Aid Society, Family Counselling Programs, Boards of Education, Children’s Counselling Services.
  • To organize resources, venues, child care, transportation and other administrative details for group counselling and provide follow up for a period of time.
  • To develop/maintain the intake and screening process for all children and youth programming.
  • To inform children and women of the limits on confidentiality, particularly duty to report child abuse or other safety concerns.
  • To provide individual counselling on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to children who are waiting for group counselling.
  • To arrange a meeting place for individual counselling sessions, such as an Outreach office, the child’s home or school and provide transportation when required.
  • To provide individual support to mothers of children who have witnessed domestic violence via phone, e-mail and in person interviews.
  • To develop and implement effective program evaluation, including Ministry requirements.
  • To maintain family/client files on database.
  • To prepare and conduct public speaking presentations on the effects of witnessing domestic violence when requested.
  • Coordinate and provides age-appropriate daily activities for individual children and their Mom’s in Shelter.
  • Provide counselling to mothers regarding child management / developmental issues.
  • Perform crisis intervention, one-on-one and group counseling as required.
  • Ensure the programming reflects the cultural and diverse needs of the children.
  • Participate in meetings and staff development as required.


  • Post – secondary education with children, Early Childhood Education (ECE) diploma or equivalent
  • Five years related work with children ranging in age from infancy to 6 years and/or work experience in the VAW sector.
  • Knowledge, understanding of, and a commitment to, anti-oppression work
  • Political and social understanding of woman abuse, from a feminist perspective
  • Ability to relate to people from diverse ethnic, cultural and racial backgrounds
  • Knowledge of community services and resources and how to access them
  • Ability to liaise and advocate effectively on behalf of clients
  • Knowledge of and experience in group work and facilitation
  • Political and social understanding of woman abuse and the impact of violence on children, from a feminist perspective and analysis
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills in dealing with all clients, staff, and community
  • Ability to work independently as well as cooperatively as a team member
  • Ability to adhere to agency’s internal policies and procedures
  • Demonstrated written / oral communication skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure and in crisis situations
  • Knowledge and understanding of trauma, mental health issues, advocacy, substance abuse, employment, child development and parenting would be an asset
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize workload
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, e-mail and the Internet
  • Demonstrated organization and planning skills 

Applications will be received until Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 5pm.
Please forward cover letter and resume via email to:

Charlene Catchpole
Executive Director

LGIH welcomes applications from diverse individuals who self-identify on the basis of any of the protected grounds under the Human Rights Code. We are committed to full compliance with the Human Rights Code, The Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and all other applicable legislation.

Only those applicants who are chosen for an interview will be contacted.  Please, no telephone calls.

These positions are for women only, relying on provisions to Section 23 (1) a. of the Ontario Human Rights code in setting the restriction.



Leeds and Grenville Interval House provides emergency shelter, outreach counseling and transitional support for abused women and their children throughout the Leeds & Grenville area. We offer accommodation, counseling and a 24-hour crisis and support line for women in distress and offer support in the following areas:

• a 24-hour Crisis and Support Line
• short-term residential shelters for women and their children
• transitional and outreach services for women
• child witness program
• group programs

All of our services are confidential and offered free of charge.

Leeds and Grenville Interval House is committed to supporting women, children and youth experiencing violence and working collaboratively with the community to eliminate all forms of violence and oppression.


We welcome our new Executive Director, Charlene Catchpole:

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