Social Care Leader – Dublin South-West / Kildare West Wicklow & Dublin South-East / Wicklow

Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow
 Salary:  See Description for Details
Other   Permanent
Closing Date: 11/07/2022 Closing Time: 12:00
Recruitment start: 23/06/2022


Job Summary

The Child and Family Agency was established on 1st January 2014 and is responsible for a range of statutory functions including provision of child protection, alternative care, specified regulatory services and a range of family support services.  The Agency has commenced a major improvement programme with significant focus on Practice, Culture and Structure.

The Agency currently has responsibility for a budget in excess of €800m and delivers its services through circa 5,000 people in 350 locations across the Country.

The Child and Family Agency has responsibility for the following range of services:

  • Child Protection and Welfare
  • Family Support
  • Alternative Care
  • Adoption
  • Tusla Education Support Services (TESS)
  • Domestic Sexual and General Based Violence (DSGBV)
  • Children’s Service Regulation
  • Counselling and Therapeutic Supports

Further information is available on www.tusla.ie

Purpose of the role:  Under the guidance of the Line Manager, to ensure that the therapeutic philosophy, policies and procedures of the Community Service are implemented.

Job Objectives

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Main Duties of the Role:

  • To support the implementation of Tusla’s Prevention, Partnership and Family Support; Child Protection and Welfare; and Alternative Care Strategies.
  • To identify the needs and strengths of individual children and young people and to work in partnership with them, their parents and other practitioners to meets their needs, realise their rights and achieve desired outcomes.     
  • To promote and support the implementation of the Meitheal National Early Intervention Practice Model including undertaking the role of Lead Practitioner.
  •  Support the implementation of Child plans such as, Children in Care Plans; Child Protection Plans; Social Work led Family Support Plans; Meitheal Support Plans; Single Agency Family Support Plans.
  • Support the implementation of creative community alternatives to care.         
  • To work at an individual, group and community level with children in conjunction with local statutory and voluntary partner agencies
  • To support children and young people in alternative care and promote reunification or permanency planning as appropriate.
  • To make appropriate arrangements for those leaving care both prior to and during the transition from care to independent living.
  • To assist young people to deal with problems on leaving care including loneliness, financial and accommodation problems.
  • Promote the rights and responsibilities of each person within the service setting eg. following complaints procedure guidelines
  • Liaise with accommodation, welfare, education and training resources to source appropriate service for service users
  • Promote a culture where young people are treated with dignity and respect, promoting a culture of unconditional positive regard at all times.
  • Promote physical, emotional, social, cultural, ethnic, spiritual and religious welfare of each service user.
  • Advocate on behalf of the service user
  • Work as part of a team and assist and support colleagues in implementing practice model
  • Supervise Social Care students as appropriate/required
  • Ensure the involvement of young people in decision making on matters that affect their lives, at the individual and collective levels and proactively promote a range of structures, procedures, processes and practices to give service users the opportunity to have their voices heard and valued
  • To work directly with children to prevent or mitigate adverse childhood experiences and to capitalise on strengths and build resilience. 
  • To build and maintain contact between children in care and their families.
  • To undertake, supervise and support access visits to children in care with their parents and extended family and access visits arranged on court orders.  To keep such records and submit such reports as are required from time to time.
  • Participate in and provide information on current levels of need and provision to inform the Area Commissioning planning process
  •  The Social Care Leader may also have additional supervisory duties of Social Care Workers or Family Support Practitioners.
  • To perform such other duties as appropriate to the office as may be assigned from time to time by the Area Manager.

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:

Applicants must hold one of the following qualifications:

Ordinary Bachelor's Degree in Childcare awarded by a recognised body (Level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications) or the National Diploma in Childcare awarded by HETAC / DIT.


Ordinary Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Social Care Studies awarded by a recognised body (Level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications) or the National Diploma in Applied Social Care Studies awarded by HETAC / DIT.


Ordinary Bachelor’s Degree in Social Care awarded by a recognised body (Level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications) or the Diploma in Social Care awarded by HETAC / DIT.


Diploma in Applied Social Studies / Social Care from DIT.


Ordinary Bachelor's Degree in Social Care Practice awarded by a recognised body (Level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications).


Ordinary Bachelor's Degree in Applied Social Studies (Disabilities) awarded by a recognised body (Level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications) or the National Diploma in Applied Social Studies (Disabilities), The Open Training College (HETAC Accredited).


An equivalent social care qualification from another jurisdiction.


A suitable standard of professional attainments.


Have a minimum of three years’ experience of working in a Children & Families Service or other relevant environment with a similarly challenging client group. 


The requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability and ability) for the proper discharge of the duties of 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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