Project Worker, Child Support Waterford - Focus Ireland

Title:                    Child support worker Project Worker(Case management)

Section:             Child Support Service linked to Focus Ireland housing and TSS services

Project:               Grange Cohan Housing and TSS services in conjunction with Waterford HAT

Reporting to:   Project Leader

Location:            Grange Cohan

Primary Purpose: To have responsibility for the operation of the Child support service which will provide supports to children and their families who are in homeless services. The support worker will receive referrals from Focus Ireland Services and from the homeless Action Team and will develop support plans and child support activities in line with the outcomes of individual needs assessments

Key Responsibilities

  1. To work within the framework of the overall objectives of Focus Ireland.

  2. To work within the overall policies and procedures of Focus Ireland, inclusive of Health and Safety Policy.

  3. To be responsible for the day to day operation of the Child support service under the direction of the Project Leader

  4. To communicate effectively and within the designated processes with the Project leader, Child Support Team, homeless case managers and the HAT representatives as applicable

  5. To be responsible for creating a safe and stimulating environment for children.

  6. To plan activities and programmes which offer the children opportunities for exploration, self-expression, education and development

  7. To assess the individual needs of each child within the group and plan to meet these needs across each area of development

  8. To work co-operatively and effectively with other Professionals & provide regular communication with the Project Leader

  9. To hold planned regular reviews/care plan meetings with the parent and case managers.

  10. To work effectively to support parents to develop skills in the care and developmental needs of their children; establish appropriate parent. child boundaries, routine and consistency.

  11. To attend Team, Section, Divisional, Organisational and external organisational meetings, as appropriate

  12. To participate in appropriate meetings for training locally, regionally and nationally

  13. To implement project and organisational policies and procedures pertaining to health, safety and welfare of children and all other policies and procedures

  14. To attend and facilitate meetings concerning the children in the Children’s Centre e.g. case conferences, monthly family reviews, etc.

  15. To support and supervise the Contact Worker team within the childcare service.

  16. To produce reports and information for the Project Leader /Manager /Director of Services, as requested

  17. To participate in the evaluation of the Childcare service

  18. To facilitate Childcare briefings

  19. To carry out daily observations on children

  20. To carry out monthly assessments on children

  21. To chair weekly Children’s Centre Team meetings

  22. To participate in relevant project sub-groups e.g. health and safety

  23. To work in close liaison and co-operation with other teams within Focus Ireland and other statutory and voluntary organisations, as deemed appropriate

  24. To engage in clinical supervision and reflective practice on a regular basis.

  25. To participate in relevant training and development courses as agreed with the Line Manager

  26. To undertake such other duties as might be reasonably assigned from time to time in consultation with the Line Manager

  27. To be vigilant to any Health, Safety and Welfare risks in the workplace and bring any concerns to the attention of your Line Manager and/or Health & Safety Representative

Focus Ireland is an equal opportunities employer

Criteria : Childcare Project Worker

Essential Criteria

  • Third level Childcare Qualification at degree level or relevant qualification.

  • At least 2 years relevant experience of working in a childcare setting

  • Strong knowledge of child protection issues

  • Excellent report writing and IT skills

  • Experience of managing challenging behaviour

  • Respect and value children as autonomous young people in their own right

  • Be committed to work in partnership with parents, other professionals, colleagues, etc.

  • Be open minded and eager to take on new challenges

  • Have an enquiring mind and to be alert to the need for further professional development.

  • Be able to communicate with colleagues, parents and other agencies and above all children irrespective of their culture, religion and gender

  • Have experience of working with customers who have co-existing conditions

  • A full clean driving licence and a car owner.

 To apply, please send your CV to 

  • Closing Date for Applications
    30th May 2019