Professionally Qualified Social Workers – 2018 National Campaign****Updated Closing Date******

See Description For Details   Permanent
Other  Salary:  See Description for Details
Closing Date: 09/05/2018 Recruitment start: 01/03/2018


Job Description

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 Alternative Care Services and 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

Further information is available on www.tusla.ie

As this post is one of those designated under the Protection of Persons Reporting Child Abuse Act 1998, appointment to this post appoints one as a designated officer in accordance with Section 2 of the Act. You will remain a designated officer for the duration of your appointment to your current post or for the duration of your appointment to such other post as is included in the categories specified in the Ministerial Direction. You will receive full information on your responsibilities under the Act on appointment.

The purpose of the post is to provide a social work service that seeks to improve the health and social wellbeing of the service users within the context of the local communities. S/he will achieve this thorough the implementation of an accessible, equitable, person-centred service.

Job Objectives

Professional / Clinical
The Professionally Qualified Social Worker will:
• Provide a direct point of access for the local community and offer initial and holistic social assessment and intervention to children, youth, families and groups.
• Provide an initial assessment service to the care group and to develop referral procedures with other social work networked services.
• Identify service users’ individual and collective needs in partnership with them and co-create early interventions and/or social action strategies to meet those needs.
• Manage and prioritise a caseload appropriate to the post.
• Provide supportive counselling, emotional and practical support, and information to service users and their families.
• Adopt a holistic approach aimed at enhancing the quality of life, health and social well-being of all persons within the service area.
• Promote independence, self-reliance, self-determination and empowerment with persons in their environment, with families and local groups.
• Make it possible for service users to advocate for their own needs, or where appropriate advocate on behalf of service users.
• Plan, deliver and engage in systemic interventions as appropriate with children, youth and families, groups, organisations and communities.
• Participate and take leadership in community needs assessment and ongoing community involvement including initiating and participating in prevention and health promotion activities.
• Deliver social work service in collaboration with other disciplines / agencies as required, in appropriate settings reflecting the needs of the service user.
• Assess where social conditions are a major factor in health and social wellbeing, consult and plan with the service user/ relevant team/ service and arrange appropriate social services for those who need them.
• Monitor and evaluate outcomes of person centred care plans for individual service users.
• Actively participate as a member of the relevant team/ service in team building and change management initiatives.
• Attend case conferences, meetings and other relevant fora as required.
• Attend court, tribunals etc as required.
• Work within current legislation, relevant policies and procedures, guidelines and protocols as laid down by the employer.
• Incorporate Social Work values and ethical principles in planning, developing, implementing and reviewing interventions.
• Implement models of best practice / evidence based practice.
• Work within a key worker / case worker system, providing a co-ordinating role for case management where appropriate.
• Take direction from his / her line manager.
• Take an active role in an appropriate level of planned professional supervision, in accordance with the local/ national Supervision Policy.
• Engage in reflective practice.
• Deputise for the Social Work Team Leader as agreed / appropriate.

Please refer to the Candidate Information pack attached to this campaign for full and further detail.

Skills Required

Eligibility Criteria Qualifications and / or Experience

1. Applicants must by the closing date of application have the following:
a) Be registered in the Social Work Register maintained by the Social Work Registration
Board maintained at CORU (or have entitlement to be registered and obtain registration
prior to appointment).
b) Maintain live annual registration on the Social Workers Register maintained by the Social
Workers Registration Board at CORU
c) Must have the requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability and
professional ability) for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.

2. 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.

3. Character
Each candidate for and any person holding the office must be of good character.

4. Age
Age restrictions shall only apply to a candidate where he/she is not classified as a new entrant
within the meaning of the Public Services Superannuation Act, 2004). A candidate who is not
classified as a new entrant must be under 65 years of age.

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