Assistant Psychologist – Fixed Term Contract

NIAPP DN, Dorset St, Dublin 1
 Salary:  See Description for Details
Other   Temporary/Contract/Project
Closing Date: 29/06/2020 Closing Time: 12:00
Recruitment start: 03/06/2020


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

NIAPP is a national specialised clinical service which provides multidisciplinary advice, consultation, assessment and treatment interventions to children and young people who have exhibited harmful sexual behaviour and their families/carers. These therapeutic inputs are provided in a flexible, timely and responsive manner with a focus on prevention of further exhibition of sexually harmful behaviour, safety planning/managing risk and improving outcomes for children young people and their families.

NIAPP also supports other professionals in their ongoing work with children and young people who have exhibited harmful sexual behaviour and their families. This includes 

  • Delivering ongoing training nationally
  • Supporting specialist residential centres
  • Providing ongoing supervision and training to professionals “released” by TUSLA and other agencies to work with NIAPP on a weekly basis (eg for ½ to 1 day per week)


Job Objectives

Professional / Clinical

The Assistant Psychologist will be required:

  • To assist in maintaining a client data base.
  • To support the clinical team in the assessment of young people and their families attending the service, including the administration, scoring, interpretation and reporting of psychometric measures under the supervision of the Principal Clinical Psychohologist.
  • To undertake a small research project that will assist the development of the service under the supervision of the Principal Clinical Psychologist
  • Attend individual supervision with the Principal Clinical Psychologist
  • Attend in-service training in NIAPP DN
  • Comply with mandatory training requirements as per Tusla policy.
  • Attend service related meetings as required both on and off site
  • Participate in audit and presentations as required
  • Attendance at team meetings and Observation and note-taking of group programmes

Health & Safety

  • Comply with and contribute to the development of policies, procedures and safe professional practice and adhere to relevant legislation, regulations and standards and ensure their staff compliance.
  • 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 Specification 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 the Principal Psychologist/Service Lead 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

At the closing date applicants must:

Have a single honours Level 8 degree in Psychology accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) at not less than a 2.1 honours grade on the QQI qualifications framework


A Level 8 honours degree in another subject (2.1 or higher) together with an accredited conversion qualification at a minimum of (2.1) as conferring eligibility for graduate membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland


A qualification equivalent to the above accredited by the British Psychological Society for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society


A qualification equivalent to either (i) or (ii) which would allow the applicant to become a graduate member of the PSI.


Candidates must possess the requisite knowledge and ability, including a high standard of suitability and administrative 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

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