Amended - Senior Child and Family Support Network Coordinator

Various Locations   Permanent
Closing Date: 04/08/2017 17:00   Business and Strategic Management
Salary:  See Description for Details


Job Description

On the 1st January 2014 the Child and Family Agency (Tusla) assumed service responsibility for the following range of services.

- Child Welfare and Protection Services, including family support services;
- Existing Family Support Agency responsibilities;
- Existing National Educational Welfare Board responsibilities;
- Pre-school Inspection Services;
- Domestic, sexual and gender based violence services; and
- Services related to the psychological welfare of children.

Under the Child and Family Act, 2013, the Child and Family Agency Tusla is now the dedicated state agency responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children.

Prevention, Partnership and Family Support (PPFS) is a dedicated pillar of service provided by the Child & Family Agency. PPFS is currently developing Child and Family Support Networks as part of its structures to support the implementation of more effective family support service provision and to support the implementation of Meitheal, the Early Intervention National Practice Model for all agencies working with children, young people and their families.

Through the recruitment of a permanent Senior Child and Family Support Network Co-ordinator it is planned to further implement the Meitheal National Practice Model for early identification of need and practical help-provision to children and families and to consolidate and build stronger working partnerships between TUSLA and other allied professions and agencies to support children, young people and families. The recruitment of a Senior Child and Family Support Network Co-ordinator is a central component of the new PPFS structure.

Community, Voluntary and Statutory Providers, Including but not restricted to the Children and Young Persons Services Committee Coordinator; Social Work Duty Intake Team Leader; Family Support Project Leaders; Family Resource Centres; Educational Welfare Services; Funded community groups; Primary Care Development Officer; Children’s Disability Network Coordinator or equivalent; City/County Childcare Committee Coordinator; Education and Training Board Youth Officer.

Representatives from the health, education, justice, social protection and local government sectors. Particularly close links with, but not restricted to, primary care teams; specialist services including child and adolescent mental health services, children’s disability services, adult mental health, addiction and homelessness services; schools, early years services; youth work services; and local authorities.

It is the intention of Tusla Recruit to form a National panel in order of merit. Please refer to appendix 1 of the Job Specification for immediate vacant posts.

Please see attached Candidate Information Pack for further details

Job Objectives

Purpose of the Post

• To establish and oversee the development of collaborative network(s) of community, voluntary and statutory providers so as to improve access for children and families to support services at all levels of need that support and encourage the effective functioning of families.
• To support the implementation of Meitheal - The Early Intervention National Practice Model for all agencies working with Children, Young People and their Families.
• To promote and generate awareness of Tusla and its Prevention, Partnership and Family Support Programme of work in order to encourage dialogue, close cooperation and good communication between Tusla and its partners.
• To provide line management to basic grade PPFS support personnel, both professional and administrative.
• To develop strong partnerships between Tusla and other agencies involved in supporting children, young people and their families and to facilitate and to promote enhanced inter-agency cooperation to ensure that services for children are co-ordinated and provide an integrated response to the needs of children and their families.
• To build the capacity amongst community and voluntary partners to participate in prevention, partnership and family support and specifically in the Meitheal Model.
• To ensure Tusla’s Prevention, Partnership and Family Support Programme of work is integrated with the work of Children and Young People’s Services Committees.
• To support and promote the development, welfare and protection of all children in the communities in their area through effective intra-agency and inter-agency working.
• To contribute to positive outcomes for all children and young people in their operational area.
• To promote the best interests of children and young people and to facilitate their participation when planning and reviewing the provision of services related to prevention, partnership and family support.
• To promote social inclusion including developing an approach to prevention partnership and family support that is specifically inclusive of minority groups.
• To identify and collate information on unmet need emerging through the PP&FS work.

Skills Required

At the latest date of application candidates must be in direct employment with Tusla – Child and Family Agency, the HSE or within a community/voluntary agency which receives funding from Tusla and/or the HSE as per Section 56 or Section 59 of the Child and Family Act 2013 and have the following:

• A relevant degree in community work, family support, social care, social work, education or other relevant discipline.

• Significant experience of working in the area of direct children and families services provision including a proven track record of working with children and families who present with complex needs.

• A track record of achieving results through community networking and cross sectoral working as relevant to the role.

• Experience and skills in working collaboratively and on an inter agency basis with a wide variety of agencies and networks both statutory and non statutory

• Experience in the design and delivery of training and facilitation.

• Have the requisite knowledge and administrative ability (including a high standard of management ability) for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.


• Three years post qualification experience.

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 and any person holding the office must be of good

Age restrictions shall only apply to a candidate where he/she is not classified as a new entrant (within the meaning of the Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2004). A candidate who is not classified as a new entrant must be under 65 years of age on the first day of the month in which the latest date for receiving completed application forms for the office occurs.

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