Project Workers X 2 Dublin South - Dublin 18

Barnardos Family Support, Ballyogan Road, Dublin 18.

General Information

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.

What does our Ballyogan Project do?

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.

How do we help children and families impacted by parental substance misuse?

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:

  • improving parenting skills: supporting the parent to understand the impact of their addiction on their child, increasing their parenting capacity and their ability to understand their child’s needs
  • improving the child/parent relationship: including supporting co-regulation between child and parent
  • building safety in the home and increasing children’s safety network: increasing safety around the areas of risk with the development of safety plans and expanding the child’s safety network to include supportive safe adults in tune with the child’s needs
  • increasing the parent’s support network: expanding the people available in the parents support network to help them in challenging times
  • supporting parents to have stability in their drugs/alcohol misuse
  • supporting child and parent mental health and wellbeing: promoting health coping strategies, self-regulation and co-regulation.


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.

Where do our referrals come from?

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.

What key interventions do we offer?

  • Assessment of the needs of the child and family
  • Partnership with Parents (in home parenting support program)
  • Practical Support
  • Individual work with parents
  • Crisis Management
  • Interagency work
  • Parents’ Groups
  • Individual work with children (This is Me)
  • Friendship Group
  • Strengthening Families (delivered in partnership with other agencies) offered as required
  • Seasons for Growth
  • Just Right State Program
  • Non-Violent Resistance (NVR) Program

What do you need to know?

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.

Do you want to work for an Organisation where you will improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families in a trauma informed team environment 

  • And have a competitive salary – recognising the experience you bring to the role with generous annual leave entitlement with discretionary Company days
  • positive working environment with family friendly ethos and a work - life balance policy
  • tax-saver and bike to work schemes in operation
  • employee pension scheme with employer contribution
  • Company sick pay policy
  • Health and Wellbeing initiatives including an Employee Assistance programme
  • Support and Supervision informed by continuous learning and development
  • In a culture of dynamic and supportive team working.

Please note: Applicants must complete our application form below and submit it through our website before the closing date.

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

Job Description

Post: Project Worker
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


Job Purpose

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.

Core Job Requirements

  • To assess the needs of the children and the families engaging with the project.
  • To plan, implement and review programmes for children/young people/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 key work 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 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 specific to the post

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.

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 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.
  • Experience of working in partnership with families and carers.
  • Experience of planning, implementing and reviewing effective programmes with children and/or families.
  • Experience of working with hard to reach children and families is highly 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).

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.

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.