Lead Inspection Registration Manager – Alternative Care Inspection Monitoring Service & Alternative Education Assessment Registration Service

Location can be agreed with the Head of Inspection & Assessment however attendance in the Limerick and Dublin office is a requirement on a weekly basis.
 Salary:  See Description for Details
Other   Permanent
Closing Date: 17/08/2020 Closing Time: 12:00
Recruitment start: 23/07/2020


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 Schoolcompletion 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

Tusla’s Quality Assurance Directorate is concerned with promoting continuous improvement and effective risk management in services for children and families. Children’s Service Regulation is located within the QA Directorate

Children’s Services Regulation:

Early Years’ Inspectorate: The Early Years’ Inspectorate is the independent statutory regulator of Early Years’ Services and is responsible for registering and inspecting pre-schools, playgroups, crèches, day care and similar services. Its role is to promote the quality, safety and appropriate care of children by robust regulation of the sector.

Alternative Edcuation Assessment: Children who are educated at home or who attend a non-recognised school (i.e. a school that is not funded by the Department of Educational and Skills) must be registered with Tusla by their parents/guardians. The registration process requires that an assessment or assessments be carried out to determine whether the child is receiving a certain minimum education and therefore can be placed on the statutory register of children educated outside of a recognised school.  Children who are educated in an independent school setting can also be placed on the register where it is determined that the school is providing a minimum education to the pupils who are enrolled there.

Alternative Care Regulation: The team monitors and reports on alternative care settings for children who cannot live with their families The service is responsible currently for the registration and inspection of non-statutory residential care settings for young people, as well as the monitoring and audit of non-statutory foster care providers.

School Age Care Regulation: The Child & Family Agency is the independent statutory regulator of School Age Care Services and is responsible for child and youth school age care & similar services. Its role is to promote the quality, safety and appropriate care of children by robust regulation of the sector.

Child Safeguarding Statement Compliance: The agency promotes proactive compliance with the requirement for all relevant children’s services to have a child safeguarding statement in place, and maintains a register of services who do not following the application of enforcement protocols.

Job Objectives

Main Duties and Responsibilities


  • Provide advice and support to the Head of Inspection and Assessment in relation to the regulatory functions of the Inspectorate and account for the effective strategic and operational delivery of the function and the management of the respective budget.
  • Represent Tusla in an informed, professional and credible manner.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of the Regulatory Strategy for the Inspectorate.
  • Undertake proactive engagement with the Departments of Children, Disability, Equality and Integration and other stakeholders to ensure that the necessary resources are secured and phased for the operational delivery of the regulatory programme prior to any commencements.
  • Develop strong and effective relationships with key stakeholders and other regulatory bodies both within Ireland and internationally.

Operational Management

  • Lead and manage a high quality, effective and person-centered team and deliver the regulatory functions of the relevant Inspectorates.
  • Ensure that the Inspectorates are organised and managed to fulfil the breadth of regulatory responsibilities in a fit for purpose manner that incorporates effective behavior’s, decision-making, systems and processes and learning requirements to drive a high quality regulatory model.
  • Establish and maintain the appropriate systems for measuring and monitoring the key components of high performing regulatory activities with clear articulation of the required objectives, targets and key performance indicators at Inspectorate, team and individual levels.
  • Work closely with other Managers etc. within the organization to ensure a seamless and integrated approach to regulation, business partnering and other functions within Tusla.
  • Work with the Head of Inspections and Assessment to provide appropriate oversight of inspection and assessment practice and policy implementation.
  • Work with the Head of Regulatory Enforcement and Registrations to provide appropriate oversight of registration practice.
  • Ensure that the Inspectorate activities contribute to, and are compliant with, the organisational requirements for quality management, health and safety, relevant legislation and the general duty of care.
  • Maintain awareness and knowledge of contemporary operational development theory and methods and provide suitable interpretation to directors, managers and staff within the organisation.
  • Ensure the effective and successful management of a diverse and distributed workforce with a style that supports and enables people through strong performance management, active communication and personal development.
  • Lead the effective management and delivery of organisational change programmers, and organisational re-design as appropriate, for staff within the Inspectorate.
  • Manage and ensure that regulatory processes and reports follow the policies, processes and procedures defined by Tusla and are to the highest standards of objectivity and quality.
  • Be responsible for the quality and accuracy of reports completed by the Inspectorates.
  •  Develop appropriate policies, service plans, targets and work programmes, to ensure the delivery and implementation of high quality, cost effective, child centered and consumer orientated Inspectorate.
  • Identify training needs for staff assigned and assist in the design and delivery programmes.
  • Supervise, assign and monitor performance of staff in areas of responsibility.
  • Ensure appropriate referrals are made in accordance with protocols to the National Registration & Enforcement Panel.

Information, Complaints & Adverse Incident Reporting

  • Ensure that appropriate systems and processes are in place to engage with and respond to individuals who express concerns (and or complaints) in an informative, public-friendly and respectful manner, and that the management of complaints by providers is effectively regulated.
  • Collect/collate data/statistics/information as required in a timely manner
  • Act as Freedom of Information (F.O.I.) Decision Maker for the Inspectorate

Influencing Regulatory Policy

  • Provide strong leadership in the development and implementation of internal regulatory policy.
  • Provide strong thought leadership and advice to the Department Children and Disability, Equality and Integration, and other key stakeholders, in the development of effective regulatory policy, regulatory strategy and programmes.
  • Assist the Head of Enforcement and Registration & Head of Inspection & Assessment to create policy and methodology for the effective enforcement of standards and legislation.


  • Inform and contribute to the work of the Children’s Services Regulation Management Team.
  • Contribute to the business planning of the Directorate and Tusla.
  • Provide support to the wider management team as required.

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:

  • Relevant qualification in health, social care, early years or business administration to minimum level 8 or equivalent
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a senior leadership and management role.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience with the application of administrative law and procedures.  
  • Demonstrate 5 years’ experience of Inspection, Regulation or Quality Assurance of Children’s Services.
  • Possess the requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability and of administrative capacity) 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.


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