Principal Social Worker - Dublin Mid Leinster

A Talent Pool will be formed from which future permanent, specified purpose full or part time duration may be filled for vacancies in the Dublin Mid Leinster Region.   Permanent
Closing Date: 18/04/2018 12:00   Other
Salary:  See Description for Details


Job Description

The Child and Family Agency was established on 1st January 2014 and is responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children. It represents the most comprehensive reform of services for the development, welfare and protection of children and the support of families ever undertaken in Ireland. It is an ambitious move which brings together some 4,000 staff who were previously employed within Children and Family Services of the Health Service Executive, the National Educational Welfare Board and the Family Support Agency.

The Child and Family Agency has responsibility for the following range of services:
• Child Welfare and Protection Services, including family support services
• Family Resource Centres and associated national programmes
• Early years (pre-school) Inspection Services
• Educational Welfare responsibilities including School completion programmes and Home School Liaison
• Domestic, sexual and gender based violence services
• Services related to the psychological welfare of children

Further information is available on www.tusla.ie

Scope and Purpose of the Post
The post holder will lead and be responsible for the effective delivery of a quality social work service for a defined functional area.

Job Objectives

Professional / Clinical
The Principal Social Worker will:
• Be responsible for the overall management and performance of social work activity within the designated area in keeping with good professional practice and subject to agreed policy directives and priorities.
• Provide clinical and professional leadership in the delivery of a high quality social work service.
• As required, take direct responsibility for a defined caseload.
• Provide an initial assessment service to all care groups and to develop referral procedures with other social work networked services.
• Ensure the promotion of the social model of care.
• Develop good working relationships with other Heads of Service, professionals, specialist services, community and voluntary organisations to provide integrated quality care to service users.
• Develop and promote integrated models of service delivery between relevant stakeholders.
• Ensure the implementation of current and evolving legislation, policies and procedures, guidelines and protocols.
• Ensure anti-discriminatory practice and cultural competence, at individual and service levels.
• Seek the development of fair and equitable social policy and where inequalities are identified lobby for change.
• Contribute to the overall development of the social work service so as to meet current and emerging trends and unmet needs.
• Help and advise the Managers in the planning and provision of social work services.
• Facilitate clear channels of communication to relevant management structures in relation to social work service issues.
• Be responsible for the delivery of the social work service within the budget allocation.
• Provide professional leadership at meetings, committees and/or other fora as required.
• Chair and participate in case conferences with the appropriate staff when the need arises.
• Ensure that the Social Work service values diversity and respect in the workplace.
• Ensure the provision of appropriate clinical supervision to staff.
• Avail of appropriate clinical supervision to ensure own ongoing competency to supervise other staff.


The Principal Social Worker will:
• Report and advise on social work staffing needs.
• Oversee the implementation of appropriate induction and probationary systems.
• Oversee the implementation of an appropriate performance management system for the delivery of a high quality social work service.

The above Job Description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office.

Please refer to the Candidate Information Pack attached to this Campaign for full and further details.

Skills Required

Each candidate must at the latest date of application have the following:
• Must be registered in the Social Workers Register maintained by the Social Workers Registration Board at CORU.

• Maintain live annual registration on the Social Workers Register
maintained by the Social Workers Registration Board at CORU.

• Have 5 years relevant post-qualification experience.

• Must have the requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability, professional and managerial ability) for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.

A candidate for and any person holding the office must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.
Each candidate for and any person holding the office must be of good character.

Age restrictions shall only apply to a candidate where he/she is not classified as a new entrant within the meaning of the Public Services Superannuation Act, 2004). A candidate who is not classified as a new entrant must be under 65 years of age.

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