CSEC Care Advocate



The CSEC Care Advocate will be responsible for providing supportive intervention based on what has been identified as the level of support required by the CSEC coordinator and in accordance with the Department of Human Services procedures. Steps will be taken to reduce the risk and further mitigate the risk through Gwen’s Girls Commercial Sexual Exploitation programming. CSEC Care Advocate will have the responsibility of working directly with youth referred to the program. Specializing in working with sexually trafficked youth, the CSEC Advocate will be responsible in providing advocacy, counseling, and comprehensive case management.


Education: Minimum requirement is a High School Diploma. An ideal candidate should be working towards a Bachelor’s or Master’s in a relevant discipline (public policy, education, sociology, psychology, African Studies, or related field enrolled in post-secondary education program).Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Education, or Psychology, or RN Degree, or a Bachelor Degree in Social Work, Education, or Psychology with two years’ experience working with CSEC youth. Lived experience is a plus.


Licensure/Certification: N/A


Minimum Requirements:

  • Must have experience working with special needs/at-risk girls and families, with past experience in providing gender-specific, trauma-informed approaches to prevention/intervention services.
  • Knowledge of inequity issues that impact girls and young women of color.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the complex issues that impact girls living in underserved, low socioeconomic areas.
  • Knowledge of guidelines and regulations of all levels of Service Coordination Services.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills. Strong organization skills and ability to pay attention to detail
  • Valid PA driver’s license with excellent driving record, reliable vehicle, insurance 300/100,000 and registration required.


Clearances Required: PA Act 33 (Child Abuse) / Act 34 (Criminal History) / Federal Criminal History Record (FBI Fingerprint) / National Sex Offender Registry


Other Skills/Abilities:

  • Ability to work in a team-oriented atmosphere.
  • Ability to be attentive to detail and demonstrate organizational skills.
  • Experience in providing comprehensive case management in a holistic, trauma informed manner.
  • Ability to build relationship with traumatized young women.
  • Ensure safety and promote confidentiality.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Google documents
  • Ability to adapt to and learn new software products. Knowledgeable about social media sites and internet CSEC
  • Ability to conduct family/youth support groups and life skills as needed.


Ø  Maintain CANS credentialing at a minimum of .80 on a yearly basis.

Ø  Meet all timelines identified by Gwen’s Girls Screening process.

Ø  Prepare program reports, case management files and plans

Ø  Helps participants to modify attitudes and patterns of behavior by increasing understanding of self and personal problems

Ø  Participate in a countywide multi-disciplinary team model based on county best practices in prevention, identification and timely interventions and supports to CSEC youth.

Ø  Facilitate referrals to community resources and to Pittsburgh Action Against Rape

Ø  Supports the completion of the CANS assessment in a timely manner after initial CANS has been completed

Ø  Conducts routine home visits, support with medical, hospital visits as needed.

Ø  Facilitates and coordinates training relative to best practices to support CSEC youth.

Ø  Responsible for maintaining accurate records and documentation

Ø  Incorporates Sanctuary tools and practices into everyday interactions to create a trauma-informed environment. Upholds the principles of Sanctuary to provide a therapeutic framework and culture.

Ø  Actively participates in all required team meetings, trainings and supervisory sessions. Meets regularly with supervisor, communicates openly needs, concerns, and ideas; utilizes feedback given in supervisory sessions.

Ø  Performs in accordance with established system-wide competencies and receives satisfactory performance evaluations annually.

Ø  Performs other duties as assigned.


Works in an afterschool setting with adolescent girls with adverse backgrounds. Staff must be prepared to engage in verbal and physical interventions in the event of a crisis.

Physical Requirements: Sitting, standing, kneeling, bending, stooping, reaching over head, speaking, hearing, reading comprehension and the ability to lift and carry 50 pounds.

General Requirements: 1) Indoors in busy office, working in close proximity to co-workers; 2) Frequently required to work at a fast pace; 3) Requires considerable concentration and creativity; 4) Weekend and evening work required; 5) Travel required (transporting clients).



Gwen’s Girls, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer providing equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, or national origin. This policy includes the handicapped and all Vietnam-era veterans. Gwen’s Girls utilizes only job-related criteria in making decisions concerning applicants and employees.


NOTE: This position description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees in this job. It is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills that may be necessary for this role. Personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.