Project Worker – Dublin 8

Rialto, Dublin 8.

General Information

What does the Barnardos Rialto Child and Family Centre do?

Barnardos Rialto Family Centre is a community based trauma informed integrated family support and intervention service  for children  pre-birth to 18 years  and families living in the Dublin South Central area. In addition the service also provides a support service for  Foster Carers and Children in Care living in Dublin , Kildare and Wicklow.

The service offers a range of trauma informed, evidence based and outcomes focused preventative and responsive family support interventions for children and families. This includes  targeted bundles of family support as part of a ‘wrap around service arrangement’ for children and families  who are referred by  the Tusla Dublin South Central Social Work Department.

The service interventions that children and families can avail of, based on assessed need include trauma informed  individual and group based   therapeutic support for children, individual  and  joint parenting support focused on strengthening and modelling core parenting skills, family work to support positive family  interactions, problem solving and communication and structured parent-child support which aims to enhance and strengthen the parent-child relationship. A child and family may avail of one or a combination of service interventions. Parents may be seen with their children and/ or on their own depending on the presenting need.

Service interventions  are offered on a weekly basis over a 6 to 12 week period either at the centre and /or in the family home  .  All service support plans are reviewed every 8-12 weeks with families or sooner if required. The service operates Monday to Friday.

Barnardos Rialto Family Centre is located in the centre of Rialto village, Dublin 8 at the back of St James Hospital, approximately 200 metres from the Rialto stop on the Luas Red Line.

Job Description

Post: Project Worker – Trauma Informed

Barnardos Rialto Family Centre

Responsible to: Project Leader
Works with:

Barnardos staff including Rialto Family Centre Team, service users and external agencies   


Job Purpose

To develop and implement trauma informed programmes that respond to the needs of children and families referred to the service working in partnership with families and other community voluntary and Statutory bodies.

Core Job Requirements

  • To assess the needs of the children and the families engaging with the project.
  • To plan, implement and review trauma informed programmes for children/young people/ parents/carers/families based on an assessment of their individual and group needs.
  • 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 work with children/young people/carers/families in a variety of ways, including group work, individual work and Family Work, centre based and Outreach work.
  • To keywork individual children/young people/carers/families in order to meet their needs and to advocate on their behalf.
  • To liaise effectively with families and other statutory, community and voluntary bodies and to attend and contribute to reviews and case conferences as required.
  • 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 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 Specific to this Post 

  • To  assess the  needs of children and families referred to the service and to devise and deliver intervention support plans for children and their parents  based on this assessment.
  • To  deliver trauma informed evidence based interventions for children and parents at individual and /or group level including individual therapeutic support for children , parent-child relationship support and parenting interventions.
  • To deliver trauma informed and evidence based support and interventions for children , parents and foster carers referred for support through the Tusla Dublin South Central Social Work Department.
  • To deliver  trauma informed and evidence based support and intervention to children and families impacted by addiction and work closely with other   addiction support  services to support parents in addiction  and their children.
  • To  develop integrated service responses in partnership with other agencies working within the catchment area of  the service to  meet the needs of the children and their parents referred to the service.
  • To lead / participate in Tusla Meitheal processes as required.
  • To maintain an overview of relevant services to available within the catchment area and to make and support referrals as appropriate to other services.

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 trauma informed services to children, young people, families and carers.
  • 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 with vulnerable children and families. (This is calculated from date the minimum Level 7 QQI qualification was awarded)
  • Experience of working in partnership with families and carers.
  • Experience of planning, implementing and reviewing programmes with children and/or families.
  • Experience of working therapeutically with children both individually and in groups desirable.
  • Experience of direct work with parents around their children’s needs and of the delivery of parenting programmes will be an advantage.
  • Experience of establishing contacts and developing relationships with other agencies so as to best meet the needs of the child and family is desirable.


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
  • Or related discipline (Nursing, Psychology, Early Years Education).

In addition, Post Qualification Training in Trauma Informed and Evidence based Individual and Parent /Child Relationship Support Interventions   and Evidence based Parenting Interventions is highly desirable.

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

The Barnardos Rialto Family Centre service supports families living in the extended Dublin Area and at times surrounding counties including Kildare and Wicklow.

The post holder will initially be assigned to work for the Barnardos Rialto Family Centre service based in Dublin South Central but may be required in the future to work in other project(s) in the Dublin Mid Leinster area 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 stag