Senior Educational Welfare Officer

A panel will be formed from which future permanent, specified purpose full or part time duration may be filled
 Salary:  See Description for Details
Other   Permanent
Closing Date: 30/01/2023 Closing Time: 12:00
Recruitment start: 12/01/2023


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 Gender Based Violence (DSGBV)

• Children’s Service Regulation
• Counselling and Therapeutic Supports
Further information is available on www.tusla.ie

Job Objectives

Main Duties and Responsibilities
• Manage the effective delivery of the full range of interventions, including the use of the Boards legal powers, provided for in the Educational (Welfare) Act 2000, and as amended by the Child and Family Agency Act, 2013 in line with organisational strategy.
• Review and report on the effective utilisation of available resources in their area of responsibility and recommend any changes in service delivery to maximise value for money and service impact.
• Deliver the full range of interventions provided for in the legislation and in line with best practice including work with children, families, schools and other relevant agencies

Leadership and team development
• Manage, motivate and lead an Educational Welfare team in the provision of educational welfare services and promote effective teamwork.
• Establish and maintain effective mechanisms for the communication and implementation of Tusla’s strategy, policy and practice through regular team meetings and contribute to regional team management processes.
• Provide support to the Regional Manager as required and contribute to the development and work of the wider regional team.
• Participate in the development, monitoring, implementation and evaluation of service strategy, and practice as appropriate to ensure continuous improvement in the provision of an educational welfare service.

Monitoring practice
• Assist in the development of policy and practice in the organisation and ensure that organisational policies and practices are implemented at local team level.
• Ensure that best practice is consistently implemented and that organisational standards are adhered to in the maintenance of records and individual files.
• Prepare reports for and report to the regional manager on service trends, practice, performance and service effectiveness.
• Maintain casework to ensure continuous experience of service delivery in order to contribute effectively to development and modernisation of practice
Planning and Evaluation
• Continually evaluate the quality of service in the area and identify any necessary changes in process or systems required to improve effectiveness
• Contribute to and implement Tusla’s strategic plan and assist in the preparation of the regional service plan.
• Ensure management reports, including information and data gathering, are prepared in a professional manner.
• Identify new and emerging issues and trends, analyse service needs and formulate service delivery plans accordingly.
Developing strong positive relationships with other stakeholders
• Foster strong relationships with key stakeholders to ensure an integrated approach to children’s educational welfare and the collaborative development of plans to maximise children’s educational participation.
• Represent the organisation as agreed, at public fora in accordance with organisational strategy and local needs.
• Ensure appropriate coordination of roles with other agencies / services in line with statutory obligations and strategic direction.
• Any other duties as may be assigned by the Director of Educational Welfare Service Support Service or other person designated by him / her.
• Participate in ongoing training and learning in line with continuous professional development and identified need.
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:
• Be currently employed by Tusla or the HSE.
• Quality and Qualifications Ireland Level 8 (or higher) major academic award (or equivalent qualification) in education, psychology, or social science area relevant to the role of Educational Welfare.
• A minimum of three years relevant experience in frontline work with vulnerable families and children
• Three years’ relevant experience in managing a team in an appropriate professional setting.
• Be an existing EWO who has completed their probation and who has served in their EWO role for a minimum period of three years
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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