Barnardos Family Support, Ballyogan Road, Dublin 18.
|LocationBarnardos Family Support, Ballyogan Road, Dublin 18.|
|Employment typePost 1 : Part-time (27 hours per week) and fixed term to end August 2025 Post 2: Part-time (25 hours per week) and fixed term to end August 2024|
|SalaryPost 1: €24,005 -€37,105 D.O.E. This is the pro-rated salary for 27 hrs. Post 2: €22,228 – €34,357 D.O.E.–This is the pro-rated salary for 25 hrs.|
|Contact PersonPaula Grogan / Lorna Lee Tel. 01 4530355|
|Closing date12:00 PM, Tuesday 13 December, 2022.|
|Interview dateTo be Confirmed.|
Family Support Project Location: Barnardos Family Support, Ballyogan, Samuel Beckett Campus, Ballyogan Road, Dublin 18.
This post is part of Barnardos wider Family Support Service which is 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.
These Family Support project 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.
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.
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.
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 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 make 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.
|Location:||Barnardos Family Support, Ballyogan Road, Dublin 18|
|Responsible to:||Project Leader|
|Works with:||Family Support Team, and wider family support staff in Dún Laoghaire, other Barnardos staff and local agencies and service providers/users|
To 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.
This role involves working with children and families referred to the Family support teams in the Ballyogan area of Dublin South which has services located in both the Tivoli Family centre in Dún Laoghaire and Samuel Beckett Campus Ballyogan.
This post has responsibility for direct work with children and families referred to the service. It will involve one-to-one intensive interventions supporting parents and children following difficult life events, as well as collaborative interagency delivery of some group work as required. The work targets families from pre-birth to 15 years.
Note: This Job Description will be reviewed and updated in line with the needs of the work.
A recognised third level practice qualification (minimum Level 7 on the QQI, course content should include relevant student placements) in one of the following:
Note: this list can be varied depending on the specific requests of the post.
Full driving licence and access to the use of a suitably insured car is essential.
The post-holder is initially assigned to work in the Ballyogan / Dún Laoghaire Dublin South 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.