Play Therapist

Flexible Location within the Tusla Mid West Area
 Salary:  See Description for Details
Other   Permanent
Closing Date: 13/07/2020 Closing Time: 12:00
Recruitment start: 18/06/2020


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
  • Adoption & Alternative Care

Further information is available on www.tusla.ie

Purpose of Role:

To provide for immediate and longer term therapeutic needs for children in the Mid West Area as part of a complex case team.  To offer support and advise to other staff as required

Job Objectives

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • To engage in multi-disciplinary team work in assessing and monitoring the needs of children referred.
  • To incorporate play therapy techniques  of observation and assessment as an aid to diagnostic understanding.
  • To plan, implement, evaluate and deliver play therapy programmes to individual children and prioritise duties.
  • To document assessments and interventions in line with professional guidelines and to be responsible for keeping up to date statistics for the database.
  • To work collaboratively with children, parents and colleagues to implement individual treatment programmes.
  • To accept referrals via locally agreed referral pathways.
  • To present clinical reports and ongoing reviews to colleagues and other agencies when required.
  • To keep informed of ongoing developments in the field of Child Protection and Welfare, alternative care and prevention partnership and family support and in the filed of play therapy.
  • To maintain appropriate records of equipment and to participate in audits and evaluations.
  • To be responsible for one’s ongoing professional development in accordance with membership of a professional play therapy body.
  • To adhere to the Codes of Ethics of the play therapy profession.
  • Any other duties that may be assigned by the area manager, Child and Family Agency or designate.

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:

  • Hold a recognised qualification in Childcare, Social Work, Psychology or relevant discipline.
  • A recognised professional qualification in play therapy
  • 3 years experience in play therapy
  • Experience of working with children who have experienced trauma or disruption or both


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

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