Principal Social Worker - Dublin North East

Dublin North East Region
 Salary:  See Description for Details
Other   Permanent
Closing Date: 24/08/2020 Closing Time: 12:00
Recruitment start: 30/07/2020


Job Summary

Tusla, 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

Job Objectives

Professional / Clinical

The Principal Social Worker will:

  • Have overall responsibility for the management and delivery of clinical and administrative services of the Regional Child Abuse Substantiation Team
  • Have oversight of all cases both retrospective and current.
  • Participate in the National Oversight and Governance Committee to ensure national consistency
  • Participate in the National Technical Advisory Group
  • Provide clinical and professional leadership in the delivery of a high quality service.
  • As required, take direct responsibility for a defined caseload.
  • Keep up to date and informed on National Standards and reports around the area of child sexual abuse.
  • Liaise with other professionals /agencies re delivering an effective service
  • Ensure the legislative requirements relating to Data protection and freedom of Information are adhered to.
  • Ensure the implementation of current and evolving legislation, policies and procedures, guidelines and protocols.
  • Ensure anti-discriminatory practice and cultural competence, at individual and service levels.
  • Avail of appropriate clinical supervision to ensure own on-going competency to supervise other staff.


  • Manage and supervise staff.
  • Review training and development needs of staff. Identify the requirements needed to ensure the project can deliver a high quality of service to its clients.
  • Ensure that all staff are aware of and compliant with the Tusla Quality Safety and Risk management framework and other relevant practice standards.
  • Liaise with Human Resources Department in matters of resourcing and other employee issues as necessary.
  • Co-ordinate staff performance Review and Continuous Professional development (CPD) Programme.
  • Oversee the implementation of appropriate induction and probationary systems.
  • Keep updated on current and impending legislation and the perceived impact on practice.
  • Promote effective team working and encourage an environment of open communication and constructive feedback.
  • To ensure all client data is confidentiality maintained in line with data protection and information governance regulations.


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:

  • Must be registered in the Social Workers Register maintained by the Social Workers Registration Board at CORU.


  • Maintain live annual registration on the Social Workers Register maintained by the Social Workers Registration Board at CORU.


  • Have 5 years relevant post – qualification experience.


  • Must have the requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability, professional and managerial 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

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