Bereavement Project Worker (Ukrainian families) – Children’s Bereavement Service.

Lower Buckingham Street, Dublin 1.

General Information

Name of the Project:             Barnardos Children’s Bereavement Service

Address/Location:                Dublin:  23/24 Lower Buckingham Street, Dublin 1.

                                             Cork:  8/9 Orchard View, Ring Mahon Road, Mahon, Cork

Contact Details:                    Dublin: 01-8134100, Cork:  021-4357679                                               

What does our service do?

The Barnardos Children’s Bereavement Service is a service for children and young people who have lost someone close to them, like a parent, sibling, or a classmate, through death.  Using a variety of therapeutic interventions, we work systemically with families to help them to support their child through the trauma and grief that they are struggling with.

What do Bereavement Project Workers do?

Project Workers with the Barnardos Children’s Bereavement Service engage directly with children and families who have been bereaved and are struggling to cope with the trauma of the loss. Project Workers are involved with the assessment of need of bereaved children and families and the implementation of therapeutic interventions for these families with a view to achieving identified outcomes.

Project workers assist in offering support and guidance to adult with concerns about bereaved children who contact the Bereavement Helpline.

Project Workers liaise closely with external agencies such as Tusla, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and Schools who may also be involved with the child.

Project Workers may also be required to provide training and advice as to the effects of traumatic bereavement on childhood development to external agencies.

What will the Bereavement Project Worker (Ukrainian families) do?

The Project Worker will:

  • provide direct therapeutic support to Ukrainian children and families experiencing traumatic grief due to wartime bereavement, through direct work and Helpline support
  • provide interagency professional consultancy in situations of complex traumatic bereavement
  • Upskill Irish service providers to be able to recognise and respond to trauma, loss and grief in the context of war 
Where we work:

Project Workers are based across two centres – one in Dublin city and one in Cork city.

The Dublin team is managed remotely by the Project Leader who is currently based in Cork.

The Helpline Volunteers and the Project Co-ordinator are also based in Buckingham Street, Dublin 1.

Since Covid-19, we have offered this support online, over the phone, face to face and in person.  We will continue to offer support in this blended way as long adherence to public health guidelines.

Who do we work with?

The Barnardos Children’s Bereavement Service works primarily with children. We also provide education, support, advice and training to family members, schools, mental health professionals and social services. This is offered both through the direct contact work of the Project Workers, and through the volunteers who operate the Bereavement Helpline.


Job Description

Post: Bereavement Project Worker (Ukrainian families)
Location: Bereavement Service, Dublin 1Some home working required with the employee having suitable working space to allow for confidential telephone and video calls.
Responsible to: Project Leader, Barnardos National Bereavement Service
Works with: Project Workers, Project Leaders, Bereavement Helpline Co-ordinator, Barnardos staff, Volunteers, External Agencies, Children and Families


Job Purpose

To develop and implement services that respond to the needs of Ukrainian children and families affected by the death during wartime

Core Job Requirements

  • To assess the needs of the children and the families engaging with the project.
  • To plan, implement and review services for children/young people/carers/families affected by bereavement based on an assessment of their individual needs. Such services will include family work/ group work and individual work with children both centre based and outreach.
  • To key work individual children/young people/carers/families in order to meet their needs and to advocate on their behalf.
  • To be vigilant for signs of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, neglect and any concerns regarding the welfare of children. To record concerns promptly and accurately. To consult with the Designated Person and take appropriate action in accordance with Barnardos Child Protection Policy.
  • To liaise effectively with families and other statutory, community and voluntary bodies and to attend and contribute to planning meetings/ reviews and case conferences as required.
  • To provide information, training and consultancy services to carers/professional groups in aspects of childhood bereavement.
  • To provide support and training to Barnardos staff and the Bereavement Helpline volunteers.
  • To work in partnership with other Barnardos services to best meet the needs of children and families by collaborating resources with planned interventions targeting groups/families of shared need.
  • To keep regular records in relation to all aspects of work and prepare reports as required.
  • To gather information statistics and prepare reports as required, including administration of databases as appropriate to the role.
  • To identify and document to the line manager any unmet needs of children/young people/carers/families within the service and to participate in the advocacy work of the agency.

Requirements of all Barnardos staff

  • Commitment to the purpose of Barnardos and to work within the values, policies and procedures of the organisation and in the context of current legislation and regulations.
  • To participate in regular supervision with your line manager.
  • To actively participate in team and staff meetings and service reviews/ evaluations and to contribute to the development of policy and practice with your area of work and within Barnardos as a whole.
  • To report any area of concern to your line manager in a timely manner.
  • To show reasonable flexibility in relation to hours of attendance to meet the needs of the work. Work during unsocial hours may be required.
  • Have a flexible approach to the work in response to organisational change, development and review of best practice.
  • Participate in and engage with a performance management programme.
  • Identify training needs with your line manager and participate in training opportunities appropriate to the role.
  • To be vigilant to any Health, Safety and Welfare risks in the workplace and bring any concerns to the attention of your line manager or local Health and Safety Officer.
  • To be vigilant to any concerns regarding the protection and welfare of children and to bring them to the attention of the Barnardos Designated Person in a timely manner, in keeping with the Barnardos Child Protection policies.
  • To participate in the efficient flow of information within the organisation by sharing and seeking information as appropriate.
  • To undertake other duties as may be requested by the line manager from time to time.
  • To undertake your work in a manner that is friendly, flexible and informal.

Note: This Job Description will be reviewed and updated in line with the needs of the work.

Person Specification

Personal attributes

  • Commitment to the delivery of quality services to children, young people, families and carers.
  • Ability to participate in team work and work in collaboration with others and to work co-operatively with other agencies.
  • Ability to act on own initiative and consult where appropriate.
  • Ability to work under pressure, make decisions in consultation with the line manager when appropriate.
  • To be committed to adhering to best practice in the work and be innovative and open to change.
  • Flexibility and adaptability are essential for this post.
  • Ability to form objective relationships with children, young people, families/carers, colleagues and other agencies.


  • A minimum of 2 years’ post qualification experience of working therapeutically with vulnerable children and families.
  • Experience of working in a therapeutic way with children and families affected by trauma and grief.
  • Experience of working in partnership with families and carers
  • Experience of planning, implementing and reviewing programmes with children and/or families.


A recognised third level practice qualification (minimum Level 7 on the QQI, course content should include relevant student placements) in one of the following:

  • Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Social Care    
  • Education                               
  • Social Work
  • Youth Work
  • Psychology
  • Psychiatric Nursing

And a relevant accredited therapeutic qualification is desirable such as Counselling, Psychotherapy, Family therapy, Art therapy, Bereavement Studies.

Ukrainian speaker desirable.

Full clean driving licence and access to the use of a suitably insured car essential.

The postholder is initially assigned to work in the Bereavement service, Dublin 1, but may be required in the future to work in other locations in line with organisational needs. 


Application Procedure

Applicants must complete this application form and submit it through our website before the closing date.

Applicants may also attach a CV or other supplementary information in respect of our application.

Attaching a CV alone will result in the applicant not being considered for shortlisting. 

Shortlisting will apply

Candidates who are moved to the 2nd stage of our Recruitment process are required to complete a medical questionnaire and the E-Vetting process. References will be taken up at this stage.