Children and Domestic Violence National Co-ordinator

Barnardos Centre, Thurles with regular travel nationally

General Information

What will the Children and Domestic Violence National Co-ordinator do?

The National Co-ordinator will focus on supporting the implementation of the TLC Kidz Programme, a concurrent group work programme for children who have experienced domestic violence and their mothers, liaise with professionals who are delivering other response models to children impacted by domestic violence, gather data regarding the needs and services and facilitate professionals to link together around the delivery of domestic violence services to children.

The national co-ordinator will contribute to the emergence of a national response model to support children and young people to overcome their experience of violence and abuse.

This is a joint initiative between Barnardos Thurles Service and Tusla Domestic Sexual and Gender Based Violence team to support the implementation of best practice service delivery to children who have experienced domestic violence.

Where we work:            

This post will be based in Barnardos centre, Thurles with a requirement to travel nationally.

Who do we work with?

Professionals across agencies setting up and/or delivering services to children who have experienced domestic violence.


Job Description

Post: Children and Domestic Violence National Co-ordinator
Location: Thurles Family Support and Targeted Early Intervention Service with regular travel nationally
Responsible to: Project Leader, Barnardos Centre, Thurles
Works with: Barnardos local and national teams, National Domestic Sexual and Gender Based Violence Team and other professionals/agencies responsible for co-ordinating services to children impacted by domestic violence.


Job Purpose

The National Co-ordinator will support linking professionals responding to children who have experienced domestic violence. The role will include supporting the delivery of the TLC Kidz Groupwork Programme nationally and will identify and share best practice in its delivery including the co-ordination of training for professionals.

The postholder will also liaise with professionals delivering other response models and facilitate links between all professionals working in this area.

The National Co-ordinator will contribute to the emergence of a national response model which supports children and young people to overcome their experiences of domestic violence and abuse, and enhance children and young people’s resilience and holistic development.

Core Job Requirements

  • To support organisations and steering groups who are delivering a TLC Kidz project through advice, guidance and technical support.
  • To support new groups/organisations who are starting a new TLC Kidz Project regarding set up and sharing learning to-date.
  • To source training for the delivery of the TLC Kidz programme for current and new partners.
  • To ensure that the TLC Kidz Programme is delivered in an interagency context as set out in the model and that the core principles of the programme are adhered to.
  • To organise/facilitate continuous professional development opportunities through related training, and facilitating networking opportunities to support practice development – including a national community of practice.
  • To enhance linkages between organisations delivering TLC Kidz and local Tusla Prevention, Partnership and Family Support and Tusla Child Protection & Welfare teams to ensure a seamless response to children’s needs.
  • To ensure delivery of TLC Kidz within the framework of Children First.
  • To gather data regarding the delivery of TLC Kidz Programmes and other response models to children and to support the gathering of data around needs and services for children impacted by domestic violence.
  • To identify the gaps in service provision to children nationally who have experienced domestic violence.
  • To provide opportunities for all staff engaged in programme models working with children who experinece and/or witness domestic violence to come together, share information and provide evidence and information for Tusla Domestic Sexual and Gender Based Violence team on needs and gaps relevant for future planning.
  • To ensure quality and best standards are adhered to in all aspects of the work.
  • To ensure that legislation and statutory guidelines, organisational policy and corporate plan are fully implemented within your area of responsibility.
  • To ensure that Barnardos policies and procedures are fully implemented within the area of responsibility of the post.
  • To represent Barnardos as appropriate at local and national level.
  • To ensure effective communication within your area of responsibility.
  • To propose a budget for the service, participate in budget planning and manage an approved budget for the service in line with Barnardos financial procedures.
  • To identify funding opportunities and prepare proposals in consultation with Project Leader/ Assistant Director of Children’s Services as appropriate.
  • To prepare reports on the work as required.
  • To maintain regular contact with referrers and other relevant agencies to ensure an integrated response to the needs of children and families experiencing domestic violence.
  • To develop and facilitate a culture of Service Users consultation and involvement in all aspects of the work.

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 Health & 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

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to manage in a dynamic and busy environment
  • Teamwork required and the ability to work in collaboration with others
  • Ability to prioritise competing demands
  • Flexibility and adaptability in terms of tasks and time is essential for this post.
  • Ability to manage the complexity and diversity within your service.
  • Ability to write clear reports as required.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Management role.
  • Ability to be child-centred and needs led.
  • Ability to manage relationships internally and with external stakeholders relevant to your service.



  • A minimum of 3 years post qualification experience of working with children/young people.
  • A thorough understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence and its impact on children.
  • Experience of delivering programmes to children in response to their experience of domestic violence.
  • Experience of gathering data and writing reports.
  • Experience of a lead or supervisory role.


  • Experience in delivering the TLC Kidz Programme


Relevant professional 3rd level qualification essential, for example:  Social Work, Social Care, Child Care, Education, Youth and Community Work, Psychology or equivalent. 

Management/ leadership training highly desirable.

Full driving licence and access to the use of a suitably insured car essential.

Please Note:

The post holder is initially assigned to work in the Barnardos Centre in Thurles but may be required in the future to work in other locations in Tipperary or elsewhere 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.

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