Barnardos Family Support, Samuel Beckett Campus, Ballyogan Road, Dublin 18
|LocationBarnardos Family Support, Samuel Beckett Campus, Ballyogan Road, Dublin 18|
|Employment typePart Time (27 hours per week) and Fixed Term Contract to approx..August 2022|
|Salary€22,972 - €35,508 DOE|
|Contact Person Sylvia Loughlin Tel: 01 9059443|
|Closing date17:00 PM, Friday 21 January, 2022.|
|Interview dateWeek of 31st January.|
Name of Project : Barnardos Family Support
Address of Project: Ballyogan, Samuel Beckett Campus, Ballyogan Road, Dublin 18
Barnardos Family Support projects were set up in response to Barnardos’ observation of the unmet needs of children living with parents who were misusing drugs in the Dublin South area.
The Ballyogan project operates as a Family Support Service with a specific focus on parental drug and alcohol misuse. The core services offered include safety planning, individual work with parents, individual work with children, parent-child work, practical family support, interagency work, crisis intervention and targeted groups. These project provides intensive, targeted, evidence- based child and family support programmes for children aged 0-18 years and their parents or carers. The projects each work with up to 40 families from this target group at any one time.
These Barnardos projects in partnership with the task force aim to create positive and sustainable change in the lives of children affected by parental drug or alcohol misuse. We aim to break the cycle of intergenerational addiction by improving children’s emotional wellbeing; enhancing children’s capacity for learning and development; promoting resilience in children; building safety in the home and increasing children’s safety networks. At the heart of this approach is providing children and families with a number of protective factors, which may buffer some of the negative impacts associated with parental addiction.
These protective factors include:
Through the provision of these protective factors, it is hoped children will develop greater resilience in coping with adversity, which may help in breaking the intergenerational cycle of substance misuse.
In addition to their addiction issues, 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 behaviour and engagement with the criminal justice system . These multiple adversities makes it difficult for families to function and meet their children’s needs.
The level of risk involved in many of the families requires a tight Active Case Management process and frequent submission of Child Protection and Welfare Report Form to the Child and Family Agency as well as playing a key role in effective interagency working.
Referrals for the project come from self-referrals from parents themselves, TUSLA (both Social Work teams and Partnership, Prevention and Family Support teams), adult addiction services (both community and statutory), schools, Public Health Nurses and Hospitals . All families referred to the service are either level 3 or level 4 on the Hardiker scale.
Working with this high level of need can be challenging and requires project workers to engage in regular support and supervision (both formal and informal), team reflections and wider organizational supports that are available.
The suitable candidate must have an understanding of addiction through a trauma informed lens and how parental addiction can impact the individual, their children and overall family functioning.
This post is part of Barnardos wider Family support service being offered across the county. While the worker is located in Ballyogan the work can take place across the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown catchment area.
The work will involve working as part of the family support team to respond to children and families referred to the service across the county. It has a focus on working collaboratively with other service providers.
The role of this worker is to support the parent/child relationship and to improve outcomes for children across different aspects of their lives, including relationships and attachments, living situation, learning and development etc. We focus on improving parenting skills and child/parent relationships in order to ensure children are equipped with skills and supports to be safe, process life events, manage their living situation and reach their full potential.
This project provides targeted evidence based individual and group interventions with assigned key working which are actively case managed to respond to identified needs.
A range of interventions is offered across the lifespan of childhood and adolescence to respond to the presenting needs of families referred to this service.
The worker is based in the project located in a busy community centre in Ballyogan and will outreach to the wider Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown area responding to referrals, working with children and families in their own homes, in schools, and community settings.
The relationship the Project Workers build with the families and other agencies is key to supporting a change process in a family and should be characterised by empathy, honesty and clear boundaries.
Barnardos Family Support Service, Ballyogan covering wider local area and Dun Laoghaire
Family Support Team, and wider family support staff in Tallaght/Dún Laoghaire, other Barnardos staff and local agencies and service providers/users
The projects work with families with alcohol addiction as well as illicit drug addiction.
The suitable candidate will develop and implement programmes that respond to the needs of children and families referred to the service working in partnership with families and other organisational, community and voluntary bodies.
A recognised third level practice qualification (minimum Level 7 on QQI Course content should include relevant student placements) in one of the following:
A full driving licence and access to the use of a suitably insured car essential.
The postholder is initially assigned to work in the Ballyogan / Dún Laoghaire Family Support service as applicable but may be required in the future to work in other project(s) 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.