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Appropriate Persons, National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012. West (Specified Purpose)

West Region
 Salary:  See Description for Details
Other   Temporary/Contract/Project
Closing Date: 20/09/2021 Closing Time: 12:00
Recruitment start: 26/08/2021

 

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

Post Specific Service:

 

Ensure that the Child and Family Agency is meeting its legal obligations under the National Vetting (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Bureau Act 2012 in regard to reporting specified information to the National Vetting Bureau.

 

Notifying the Garda Vetting Bureau with specific information arising from a Social Work investigation where a bona fide concern exists against an individual that they may:

  1. harm any child or vulnerable person,
  2. cause any child or vulnerable person to be harmed,
  3. put any child or vulnerable person at risk of harm,
  4. attempt to harm any child or vulnerable person, or incite another person to harm any child or vulnerable person,

Job Objectives

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Professional / Clinical

The Appropriate Person/Principal Social Worker will be required to:

  • Notify the NVB of individuals who meet the threshold for notification under the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012
  • Review the assessments undertaken by the local Area Teams where there is a recommendation to notify the NVB under the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012
  • Ensure that the Regional Director of Services is appraised of any matters pertaining to a specified information report that may be of public interest
  • Review and submit specified information reports received regionally from local area offices to the NVB
  • Liaise with other Appropriate Persons to ensure a consistent national approach to service delivery
  • Contribute to national reporting in respect of specified information and vetting activity
  • Provide regional activity reports as required
  • Link with the NVB as required to review working arrangements between Tusla and the NVB
  • Link with Tusla HR in respect of specified information reports relating to Tusla staff members
  • Respond to the NVB on request to provide updated information on specified information reports previously submitted to the NVB
  • Liaise with local area offices as required to ensure smooth reporting arrangements to the regional appropriate person office
  • Advise local area offices of any concerns in relation to meeting the criteria for a specified information report
  • Review local case documentation as required where the criteria for reporting to the NVB is in question
  • Liaise with local area offices to ensure that subjects of specified information reports are properly informed of the details and timing of reports passed to the NVB
  • Liaise with the local area office to acquire updated information on previous specified information reports where this is requested by the NVB
  • Support and advise local area offices as required in respect of vetting requests from the NVB on historical cases pre dating the commencement of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012

Education & Training

  • 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.
  • Act as a resource by participating in the appropriate education and training of colleagues and other health professionals 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. 

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.

AND

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

AND

  • At least 4 years working experience in Child Protection and Child Welfare Social Services at both practitioner and supervisory levels

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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