Loughlinstown, Co. Dublin
|LocationLoughlinstown, Co. Dublin|
|Employment typeFulltime (37 hours) and Permanent|
|Salary€51,213 - €66,815 salary scale depending on experience|
|Contact PersonDeirdre Moran|
|Closing date12:00 PM, Thursday 19 May, 2022.|
|Interview dateThursday 26th May 2022.|
Name of the Project: Barnardos Early Years and Family Support Service
Address/Location: Loughlinstown Drive, Loughlinstown, Co. Dublin
The project seeks provide a trauma informed response to the needs of children and their parents referred to our service .We assess the individual needs of each child providing a planned response to support them to increase their resilience, enhance their emotional wellbeing and maximise their potential, whilst also working with their families/carers helping them to better understand and meet their children’s needs.
We does this by offering a bundle of integrated evidence based interventions across all stages of child development which includes prevention, early intervention and targeted services, and the majority of families attending receive more than one service, based on the assessment of their needs at referral. Services offered can include the following
Early Years (2-3 years) The overall outcome for the Early Years Programme is that the children attending will have increased capacity to learn and develop, and improved emotional well-being.
Tús Maith (3-5 years) is an evidence-based early year’s targeted service which seeks to provide an enriching environment to support children’s learning and development and increase their readiness for school. Tús Maith integrates two internationally-proven programmes, High Scope and PATHS/REDI, in order to maximize the developmental outcomes for children.
Parent & Toddler is a universal service for parents and children from birth–5 years that is child-centered. It focuses on providing developmentally-appropriate play experiences for children, fostering positive parent-child interactions and providing parents with information on how to support their children’s development.
Parents Group This is an informal support network available weekly for all parents with children attending services. Parents meet in a relaxed and supported environment for social interaction. A nutritious breakfast is provided. It is followed by a weekly group programme focussing on issues of interest to the parents combining health, wellbeing and parenting.
Partnership with Parents (PwP) is an intensive home-based service for individual parents. This evidence-informed service supports parents in key areas of parent-child communication; parental understanding of their child’s behaviour, social and physical development; introduction of consistent routines; and increasing parental involvement in their child’s education.
Birth to 2 Years Partnership with Parents is an individual home-based parenting service designed to strengthen the parent-child attachment. The service supports parents to gain the essential parenting knowledge and skills to be able to support their baby’s healthy development.
Crisis Management provides parents experiencing a crisis with support, to minimise the impact on the family and develop problem solving skills, and afterwards providing the opportunity to reflect and learn in order to strengthen coping skills.
Practical Support given to parents to support them to develop home management skills in particular areas of need (e.g. household repairs or maintenance, supporting routines; planning and preparing meals; budgeting).
This Is Me (6 - 12 years) Barnardos one-to-one programme for children who have experienced trauma and are experiencing difficulties coping with everyday life. The overall aim of This Is Me is to promote resilience, wellbeing and capacity to grow and develop in the context of living with adverse events.
Family Work is with the whole family to improve how family members communicate with and relate to each other. This can be through family meetings, or supporting parents to spend quality time with their children and modelling positive interactions and problem-solving strategies.
The Just Right State Program (A Sensory Attachment Intervention) Sensory Attachment Intervention is an integrative approach to responding to children and adults who have suffered trauma. This approach not only takes into consideration Children’s attachment and sensory needs but also Parents/Carers and promotes co-regulation and self- regulation. Parents and children will be introduced to ways of coping with big feelings and be able to practice what works for individually for parents and their children when situations arise. The aim of the programme is to support a regulating environment in the family home where the parent can find their ‘calm’ in their heart, body and mind and are in the best position to be attuned to and support their child to find theirs.
Information, Advice and Advocacy supporting parents to access appropriate services, supports and entitlements relevant to their family’s needs e.g. Homelessness
Specific attention is given to those families where child protection or welfare concerns exist, working with the most vulnerable and disadvantaged families specifically focussing on parenting skills and child/parent relationships in order to reduce subsequent difficulties for children.many of the families that our service comes into contact with present with multiple challenges including, but not limited to, low income; lack of access to education; mental health difficulties; domestic violence; housing difficulties; anti-social behavior and engagement with the criminal justice system . These multiple adversities can sometimes make it difficult for families to function and meet their children’s needs.
The level of risk involved in some of the families requires a tight Active Case Management process and submission of Child Protection and Welfare Report Form to the Child and Family Agency. Effective interagency working is key to us being able to respond to the children and families referred to our service in Loughlinstown.
Referrals are accepted from Tusla, the HSE, schools, and other agencies and individuals as appropriate, including other Barnardos services and parents/carers themselves. All referrals will be responded to and following Barnardos assessment, services will be offered in line with presenting needs, criteria and service capacity.
The Project Leader currently manages a team of 3 Child and Family Development Workers and 2 Programme Assistants, all of whom work in the preschool service delivering with 21 children aged from 2 to 5 years .The project also has one full time Project Worker, who works directly with parents and children (6 years plus) The team also includes a part time administrator, cook and cleaner.
The service works intensively with at least 40 families at any one time. The suitable candidate must have an understanding of how trauma can impact parenting, children and overall family functioning and child development.
An opportunity to help improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families by working in a trauma informed way
Access to regular trauma informed support and supervision
Ongoing support and access to training and professional development opportunities
An opportunity to be part of a supportive team
Regular Breath, Body and mind sessions to support staff well-being
Loughlinstown, Co. Dublin
|Responsible to:||Assistant Director of Children’s Services for Dublin South and South West region.|
|Works with:||National & Regional Offices, other Managers in Region, children and parents, staff and other agencies.|
To ensure the development, management, delivery and review of Barnardos services within your area of responsibility, within the strategic direction of Barnardos and to participate in the overall development of the region and organisation.
Note: this Job Description will be reviewed and updated in line with the needs of the work
A minimum of five years’ post qualification experience and demonstrate competencies in terms of management ability essential. Prior management experience highly desirable. Knowledge of the developmental needs of young children essential and experience of early years setting highly desirable .Knowledge of child welfare or protection essential.
Relevant professional 3rd level qualification essential, for example: Social Work, Social Care, Early Child Care and Education, Youth and Community Work, Psychology or equivalent. Management training highly desirable.
Full driving licence and access to the use of a suitably insured car essential.
The postholder is initially assigned to work in our Loughlinstown Family Support centre, Loughlinstown, Co. Dublin but may be required in the future to work in other locations in the Dublin area in line with organisational needs.
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.