Prevention, Partnership and Family Support, Participation & Partnership Officer

South: Tusla Regional Office, Johnstown Business Park, Johnstown, Waterford  Salary:  See Description for Details
Other   Permanent
Closing Date: 07/10/2019 Recruitment start: 12/09/2019


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

Further information is available on www.tusla.ie

Purpose of the Post:

  • To support all aspects of participatory and partnership practice development through the Senior Managers for PP&FS
  • To support learning from contracted training and coaching in participation of children, young people and parents in the Region

Job Objectives

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Work with the Regional Implementation Manager, the Senior Managers for PP&FS, Workforce Development, Project staff and Tusla staff and partners to:

  • Implement the Tusla Participation Strategy and the DCYA National Participation Policy.
  • Participate in and support the implementation of the National Training Programme in children and young people’s participation and parent participation and provide follow-up support to areas.
  • Identify and work closely with participation and partnership champions in each area in your region.
  • Support the development of participatory practices and structures across the continuum of care.
  • Support areas to help identify opportunities for participation.
  • Develop Fora for young people with care experiences.
  • Support the involvement of children, young people and parents in local, regional and national Conferences and Workshops.
  • Support programme identification and expenditure for seed funding grants to areas on participation of children, young people and parents.
  • Support the development of quality assurance mechanisms for participation, including contributing to the development and quantification of information for child and parent participation indicators and benchmarks.
  • Identify and collate resources on participatory practice for your area.
  • Coach and support staff in relation to the development of individual and collective participatory practices.
  • Identify and collate good practice examples of participatory practice in your region for national dissemination.
  • Participate as part of a regional PP&FS team and in national meetings as required.
  • Provide all information as specified by the Regional Implementation Manager.
  • Support the Regional Implementation Manager in building partnership working with other key statutory and voluntary/community partners, with a particular focus on key partnerships required for full implementation of Meitheal, the National Practice Model for all agencies working with children, young people and families.
  • The entire focus of this role is on building Tusla and Agency partners’ capacity and interest in participation and partnership. 

Health & Safety

  • Contribute to the development of processes, procedures and guidelines in relation to participatory and partnership practice and adhere to relevant legislation, regulations and standards and ensure that staff comply with same.
  • 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:

  • Be currently in employment with Tusla – Child and Family Agency.


  • Be currently in direct employment with 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.                                


  • Have at least two years’ experience in a designated office within the Services.


  • Have proven ability of working directly with children, young people and parents on an individual and collective basis.


  • Possess sufficient administrative capacity to discharge the functions of the Grade.


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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