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Professionally Qualified Social Worker – The Family Centre, Child Abuse Assessment Unit, Cork

Cork
 Salary:  See Description for Details
Other   Permanent
Closing Date: 08/03/2021 Closing Time: 12:00
Recruitment start: 11/02/2021

 

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

The Family Centre – Child Abuse Assessment Unit (Cork & Kerry)

The Family Centre was initially developed as a Child Sexual Abuse Assessment Unit for Cork & Kerry Counties (Urban & Rural). The purpose of the Unit is to undertake forensic interviews with children when allegations of sexual and physical abuse have been made and to provide a consultation service to Area Social Workers where concerns of child sexual abuse exist. Medical Examinations are also undertaken where sexual abuse is suspected to have occurred.  The child Interviews are DVD recorded. The Family Centre is a multi-disciplinary unit comprising of Social Work and Nursing staff with Medical support.  The Family Centre accepts referrals for assessment from five Child Protection & Welfare Social Work teams (North Lee, South Lee, North Cork, West Cork and Kerry).

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 post holder will participate in the assessment of alleged child sexual and physical abuse referrals on behalf of the Child and Family Agency in Cork and Kerry. The post holder will achieve this by conducting forensic interviews and other required/ancillary work with other team members and by providing Social Work professional knowledge and clinical expertise within a multi-disciplinary team.

Job Objectives

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Professional / Clinical

The Professionally Qualified Social Worker will:

  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to deliver a service to children, their families or carer(s), where there are concerns/allegations in regard to sexual and physical abuse having occurred.  
  • Deliver a quality social work service in collaboration with other disciplines/agencies as required within the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Undertake assessment and consultation work where there are allegations/ concerns in regard to abuse having occurred.
  • Carry out appropriate intervention in regard to this i.e. assessing referral information, interviewing of the child and evaluation of all available information.
  • Carry out intervention with regard to children, their families or carer(s) in an appropriate manner.
  • Liaise and consult with other statutory services/professionals in the provision of the Service.
  • Make recommendations in regard to the needs of children, their families or carer(s) availing of the Service.
  • Manage and prioritise a caseload appropriate to the post
  • Attend Strategy Meetings, Case Conferences, Court, Tribunals and other relevant fora as required.
  • Work within current legislation, relevant policies and procedures, guidelines and protocols as laid down by the employer.
  • Incorporate Social Work values and ethical principals in planning, developing, implementing and reviewing interventions.
  • Implement models of best practice/evidence based practice.
  • Take an active role in an appropriate level of planned professional supervision, group supervision and peer review in accordance with the local/national Supervision Policy.
  • Engage in reflective practice.
  • Promote a culture that values diversity and respect in the workplace.
  • Take direction from his/her line manager.

Education & Training

The Professionally Qualified Social Worker will:

  • Maintain standards of practice and levels of professional knowledge by participating in continuous professional development initiatives and attendance at courses as appropriate.
  • Engage in career and professional development planning in collaboration with the Social Work Team Leader / Principal Social Worker
  • Train as a TUSLA Specialist Interviewer and undertake joint interviews with Garda Specialist Interviewers in the Cork/ Kerry area.
  • Keep up to date with advances in Social Work research, and ongoing review and evaluation of literature relevant to the assigned area
  • Keep abreast of developments in national policies and strategies and international best practice.
  • Keep up to date with organisational developments within the Irish Health Service.
  • Act as a resource by participating in induction, education and training of Social Work colleagues, other health professionals and service user groups as required.
  • Participate in the practice of education of student Social Workers.
  • Foster an understanding of the role and contribution of social work by providing professional consultation and education to other members of the service

Administrative

The Professionally Qualified Social Worker will:

  • Maintain a high standard of documentation, including service user files in accordance with local guidelines and Freedom of Information (FOI) Act / Data Protection Legislation.
  • Maintain accurate up to date records and files, and submit activity data as required.
  • Write accurate, clear, concise and purposeful reports.
  • Ensure the maintenance of service user and data confidentiality
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of information sharing protocols and audit systems
  • Contribute to policy development, performance monitoring and budgetary control of service in conjunction with the Senior Social Work Practitioner / Principal Social Worker.
  • Collaborate with the Principal Social Worker or designate in developing the role of the Social Worker and the service e.g. through planning, audit, production of standards, continuing education, quality improvement initiatives and research.
  • Assist in ensuring that the social work service makes the most efficient and effective use of developments in IT.

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. 

Skills Required

Applicants must by the closing date of application have the following:

 

  1. Be registered in the Social Work Register maintained by the Social Work Registration Board maintained at CORU (or have entitlement to be registered and obtain registration prior to appointment).
     
  2. Maintain live annual registration on the Social Workers Register maintained by the Social Workers Registration Board at CORU
     
  3. Must have the requisite professional knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability and professional ability) for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.
     

Health

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.

 

Character

Each candidate for and any person holding the office must be of good character.



 
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