Alternative Education Assessment and Registration Officer ** Updated**

Initial vacancies are in Alternative Education Assessment and Registration Service North West, South East and Dublin. A panel may be created from which permanent and specified purpose vacancies of full or part time duration may be filled.  Salary:  See Description for Details
Other   Permanent
Closing Date: 21/10/2019 Recruitment start: 19/09/2019


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
  • Alternative Care and Adoption

Further information is available on www.tusla.ie  

The Alternative Education Assessment and Registration service is located within the Quality Assurance Directorate of Tusla Child and Family Agency. The work of the service is a statutory function of the Agency under Section 14 and 15 of the Education (Welfare) Act, 2000.

Purpose of Role:

Under Section 14 of the Education (Welfare) Act, 2000, children who are educated outside of recognised schools must be provided with a certain minimum education as outlined in the ‘Guidelines on the Assessment of Education in Places Other Than Recognised Schools’ issued by the Minister for Education and Science (DES) (2003)

The Assessment and Registration Officer will have primary responsibility for conducting assessments and making recommendations to Tusla, Child & Family Agency in relation to education provided for children at home or in Independent Schools, including education provision for children with special educational needs. 

Job Objectives

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct assessments of education provision under Section 14 of the Education (Welfare) Act, 2000 in accordance with Tulsa policies and guidelines and agreed service plans and work programmes 
  • Arrange professionals’ meetings, if required, to inform decision making
  • Prepare clear and concise draft and final assessment reports
  • Discuss assessment findings with parent(s)/ guardian(s) / school
  • Attend Alternative Education Registration Panel as required
  • Attend team meetings and training as required
  • Maintain and review files in line with organisational standards
  • Assist in the development of service protocols, policies and guidelines
  • Develop relationships with key stakeholders
  • Assist the management team to identify trends and issues in the sector
  • Contribute to the development of research and information strategies

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:

  • Quality and Qualifications Ireland Level 8 (or higher) major academic award in teaching and / or  Level 9 (or higher) major academic award in educational psychology
  • 3 years’ relevant experience working with children in an education setting
  • Requisite knowledge and 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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