Principal Clinical Psychologist- NIAPP DNE Child Assessment & Therapy Service.

NIAPP DNE, 7 Lower Dorset Street Dublin 1.
 Salary:  See Description for Details
Other   Permanent
Closing Date: 15/08/2022 Closing Time: 12:00
Recruitment start: 28/07/2022


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 http://www.tusla.ie


NIAPP is a national specialised clinical service which provides multidisciplinary advice, consultation, assessment and treatment interventions to children and young people who have exhibited harmful sexual behaviour and their families/carers. These therapeutic inputs are provided in a flexible, timely and responsive manner with a focus on prevention of further exhibition of sexually harmful behaviour, safety planning/managing risk and improving outcomes for children young people and their families.

NIAPP also supports other professionals in their ongoing work with children and young people who have exhibited harmful sexual behaviour and their families. This includes:

  • Delivering ongoing training to MDT
  • Supporting residential centres


Purpose of Role:

The Principal Psychology Manager will work with senior management, Clinical Team Managers and the heads of discipline/services to ensure co-ordinated and comprehensive service delivery to all stakeholders. S/he will be responsible for the delivery, development and governance of quality psychological and counselling services and will contribute to service planning, development, evaluation and quality initiatives. Such psychological leadership and services will be provided in line with service plans and objectives, and within established professional standards, guidelines and policy.

Job Objectives

Main Duties and Responsibilities


Professional / Clinical


  • Provide and oversee psychology and sexually harmful behaviour services, including assessment, consultation and the provision of psychological therapies and interventions to young people within the service and to their families as may be required.
  • Provide and/or oversee treatment and intervention programmes to meet the identified psychological and sexually harmful behaviour needs of children and young people, working as appropriate, directly with young people and/or indirectly with care staff, unit management and other clinical staff within the service and with social work services and others, including families, interfacing with the service, as appropriate.
  • Provide, as required, psychology reports in accordance with professional standards
  • Oversee and participate in psychology work with other disciplines providing a clinical service as part of the TUSLA Therapy Service, both directly and through liaison and consultation, promoting multi-disciplinary working and the provision of integrated services.
  • Provide, as required, reports regarding the service and professional advice to the National Manager for NIAPP, to TUSLA and heads of other services as required and to contribute to the planning and development of services.
  • Contribute to service development as a member of the TUSLA Therapy Team
  • Attend meetings, case conferences, professionals’ meetings and reviews within the designated service and provide information to these meetings as appropriate.
  • Contribute to planning and policy development for Psychology within NIAPP and the wider Tusla Therapy Services
  • Provide clinical supervision to other psychology staff within NIAPP DNE.
  • Implementation of clinical audit and quality initiatives and to evaluate the outcomes of service provision.
  • Be responsible within NIAPP DNE for contributing to clinical psychological input to service planning, policy development, staff development and co-ordination of services, and to provide consultation around these to the wider TUSLA Services as required.
  • Ensure the implementation of current and future legislation, policies and procedures, guidelines and protocols.
  • Ensure anti-discriminatory practice and cultural competence at individual and service levels.
  • Provide as required, in relation to his/her designated area of responsibility, the NIAPP National Manager with such information and professional advice and guidance it may require in the preparation, monitoring and evaluation of services.
  • Encourage and initiate psychological research and, where appropriate, to initiate and/or participate in multi-disciplinary research programmes.
  • Deputise for the NIAPP National Manager, other Principal Psychologists and other MDT managers that are associated with NIAPP DNE.
  • Participate in the selection process for staff for TUSLA Psychology Services and other services as required.




  • Provide clinical supervision to Tusla Psychologists, trainees and assistant psychologists. Co-ordinate and manage psychology service delivery for NIAPP DNE.
  • Report and advise on Psychology staffing needs
  • Participate in the overall development of psychology services in Tusla and contribute to the membership of the Tusla Psychology Managers Forum.
  • Contribute to policy development, performance monitoring, business / service planning and budgetary control in conjunction with the NIAPP National Manager and the NIAPP management team.
  • Keep updated on current and impending legislation and the perceived impact on practice.
  • Keep up to date with national and organisational developments within the Irish Health Service/ Youth Justice Services and TUSLA as necessary.
  • Keep abreast of and ensure service delivery corresponds to developments in national policies and strategies and best national and international practice.
  • Contribute to the development of policies, procedures and guidelines in relation to the psychology service, engaging staff as appropriate.
  • Participate in and contribute to service planning and development.
  • Provide service delivery reports as required e.g. service plan, annual report.
  • Undertake responsibility for service evaluation to facilitate improved services and integrated care
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of information sharing protocols, audit systems, referral pathways and integrated care arrangements
  • Actively participate in the development and continuing improvement initiatives of psychology services.
  • Ensure the maintenance of a high standard of service user records and statistics in accordance with TUSLA requirements and local guidelines, Freedom of Information Act, Data Protection Acts, GDPR and other relevant legislation
  • Maintain professional standards with regard to service user and data confidentiality.
  • Ensure that the Psychology services makes the most efficient and effective use of developments in IT.
  • Ensure the Implementation of the Tusla Youth Participation Strategy.


Education & Training


  • Attend mandatory training programmes and ensure that all reporting staff do so. 
  • Be informed of advances in professional knowledge and practice and dissemination ensure their.
  • Maintain standards of practice and levels of professional knowledge by participating in continuous professional development initiatives and attendance at courses as appropriate and ensure compliance with statutory registration requirements for themselves and for reporting staff.
  • Engage in career and professional development planning.
  • Act as a resource by participating in the education and training of psychology colleagues and other allied professionals as required.
  • Manage and provide supervised training placements appropriate to the client group to those in professional post graduate psychology training as required.
  • Build and communicate an understanding of the role and contribution of psychology within TUSLA Services.



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:


a) (i) a recognised University degree or diploma obtained with first or second class honours in which psychology was taken as a major subject and honours obtained in that subject.


    (ii) a recognised postgraduate professional psychological qualification appropriate to the area of professional psychology in which the position is designated.


b) have at least eight years full-time satisfactory post graduate experience in the area of professional psychology in which the position is designated inclusive of any time spent in pursuing a course leading to the postgraduate qualification and including at least three years full time satisfactory experience relevant to working within the area of sexually harmful behaviour.


c) possess the requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability and management ability) for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.


Note:  These qualifications take affect from 25 October 2002 but without prejudice to anyone employed in a post of Staff Grade Psychologist or above on that date in the Irish Public Health Service to whom the qualification requirements for Principal Psychologist in place at 22nd January, 2002 shall apply.



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


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