Principal Social Worker CPWS Implementation Support

Brunel Building, Heuston South Quarter, Dublin 8  Salary:  See Description for Details
Other   Temporary/Contract/Project
Closing Date: 26/08/2019 Recruitment start: 01/08/2019


Job Summary

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

Adoption & Alternative Care

In 2016 Tusla embarked on a complex Transformation Programme and central to this was the development of the Child Protection and Welfare Strategy.  The CP&W Strategy represents the vehicle through which Tusla will meet its legislative and policy requirements.   Six strategic objectives have been identified and all child protection, welfare services and business support functions will be required to align to these objectives.  The PSW for CPWS Implementation Support will have particular responsibility for supporting the delivery of the New National Approach to practice Signs of Safety (S of S). The PSW will ensure that practice, policy, system and guidance changes required to implement signs of safety are identified and meet the strategic objectives while delivering on expected outcomes.  

Further information is available on www.tusla.ie

Job Objectives

Purpose of Role:

  • To assist the CPWS Lead and Programme Director in the in the completion of key actions within CPWS work streams which support delivering whole system change to embed the new National Approach to practice
  • To assist the CPWS Lead, Programme Director & Resolutions Consultants in the design delivery and review of practice intensive workshops in order to support the implementation of the strategy in the day to day work of social work teams nationally.
  • To support, as requested, the Head of Policy and Research and policy team in the identification of policies and procedures requiring realignment to facilitate the implementation of Signs of Safety including guidance and business processes. 
  • To contribute to the development of policies, procedures and guidelines in relation to Signs of Safety in social work service, engaging staff as appropriate.

To assist the Quality Assurance team in the design, delivery and review of audit methods that align with the Signs of Safety approach.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

Professional / Clinical:

The PSW is role is designed to support the CPWS Lead/Programme Director in the delivery of the strategy.

  • To assist the CPWS Lead/Programme Director with the planning and delivery of work streams that support the strategy.
  • To work with the Resolutions Consultants around the implementation of Signs of Safety within Tusla.
  • To work with social work teams nationally around their implementation to of the Signs of Safety approach.
  • To plan, deliver and review practice intensive workshops centred on Tusla’s decision making points in practice.
  • To work with the QA directorate regarding the design, delivery & review of audit methods relating to the Signs of Safety approach.
  • To work with families’/learning cases as required.
  • To provide Signs of Safety support, advice and guidance to all members of policy & research team.
  • To work with the CPWS Programme Manager around any relevant work streams.
  • To liaise with policy team members & the Resolutions Consultants as required.
  • To support, write, review and propose changes to relevant policy directly related to implementing the CPWS.  
  • To organise, lead or support consultation sessions with other directorates as required.
  • To support WLD & operations staff in the design and delivery of briefing sessions on any new or amended policies to support Signs of Safety implementation.
  • To deliver presentations or briefings at the request of the CPWS Implementation Lead relating to Signs of Safety or the Strategy.
  • To maintain links with practitioners through attendance at call-backs and to provide updates on the implementation of the strategy at these call backs.
  • To lead group supervision sessions in areas as required.
  • To liaise regularly with WL&D Practice Development Leads.
  • To provide clinical and professional leadership in the delivery of a high quality social work service.
  • To ensure the promotion of the social model of care.
  • To ensure the implementation of current and evolving legislation, policies and procedures, guidelines and protocols.

Health & Safety

  • Comply with and contribute to the development of policies, procedures, guidelines and safe professional practice and adhere to relevant legislation, regulations and standards.
  • Have a working knowledge of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Standards as they apply to the service for example National Standards for Child Protection and Care and comply with associated Tusla – Child and Family Agency protocols for implementing and maintaining these standards as appropriate to the role.
  • To support, promote and actively participate in sustainable energy, water and waste initiatives to create a more sustainable, low carbon and efficient health 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 detail.

Skills Required

Applicants must by the closing date of application have the following:

  • Candidates must be in direct employment with Tusla – Child and Family Agency, the HSE or within other statutory health agencies, or a body which provides services on behalf of the HSE under Section 38/39 of the Health Act 2004 or within a body that provides services on behalf of Tusla under Section 56 or Section 59 of the Child and Family Act 2013.
  • 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’ post – qualification experience relevant to the role


  • 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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