Parenting Support Mentor – Finglas, Dublin 11

Finglas, Dublin 11

General Information

The Better Finglas project is one of a small number of projects in Ireland which is being supported over a three year period through the Area Based Childcare (ABC) programme. The ABC programme is an early intervention and preventative initiative which is being jointly funded by the Irish government and Atlantic Philanthropies.

Better Finglas was developed by a wide consortium of agencies, organisations, groups and individuals  working in the Finglas area including, the HSE, Dublin City Council, Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, Finglas Cabra Drugs Task Force, Tolka Area Partnership, County Childcare Committee, Barnardos, local childcare providers, and primary school Principals. Better Finglas recognises the benefits of early intervention strategies for children – the main target group for the project is 0 to 8 year old children and their parents.

Our vision is of a community where all services voluntary, community and statutory, are working together with families to improve the developmental, health and educational outcomes of young children living in the area. We will do this by the provision of unified evidence based programmes and quality services to children and their parents from pregnancy to 8 years of age.

Better Finglas has identified 5 key strands that our programme of activities will focus on, they are as follows:

Pregnancy and New Parents, Early Years, Parenting, Literacy and Interagency Work

Through the delivery of these strands Better Finglas aims to:

  • Increase access to evidence based programmes and evidence informed activities from pre-birth to 8 years.
  • Improve children’s developmental outcomes.
  • Improve children’s literacy in first and second class.
  • Enhance parenting skills and increase parents capacity to support their children’s development.
  • Increase the capacity of service providers to deliver high-quality, evidence- based programmes  with fidelity in an appropriate, timely and sustainable manner.
  • Increase community awareness of and use of service provision.
  • Build on good inter-agency working to deliver a continuum of coordinated, high quality service provision from pre-conception to childhood.

What will the Parenting Support Mentor do?

They will support practitioners with the implementation of a suite of evidence based/informed parenting programmes (e.g. Triple P, Circle of Security, Baby Massage) in the Finglas Community ensuring best practice and fidelity to these programmes.

The Parenting Support Mentor role is 3 days per week and all Better Finglas project staff are based in St. Malachy’s Mixed National School, St. Helena’s Road, Finglas, Dublin 11.

Job Description


Post:   Parenting Support Mentor
Location:   Better Finglas
Responsible to: Better Finglas Project Leader
Works with:   Better Finglas ABC Consortium, Steering Group, Better Finglas Project Team, Service Users & Staff, and our Partner Agencies and Funders, and Barnardos Staff and Managers at Local, Regional and National level.


Job purpose

  • To support practitioners with the implementation of a suite of evidence based/informed parenting programmes (e.g. Triple P, Circle of Security, Baby Massage) in the Finglas Community ensuring best practice and fidelity to these programmes

Core Job Requirements

  • To work alongside the Better Finglas Administration Worker to support the operation of the Enquiry Admin Hub and to co-ordinate a response to these parenting enquiries with the support of the trained practitioners in the area.
  • To work alongside the Better Finglas Research Assistant with regards to the evaluation of our parenting interventions in the community, analysing the outcomes and interpreting the evaluation results in order to influence how programmes are implemented in the area.
  • To work alongside our parenting practitioners to ensure that outcomes are monitored and captured with the results being shared with parents.
  • Facilitating/Co-facilitating the delivery of evidence based parenting programmes. Facilitating parent training will include planning each session in line with the programme manuals, supporting parents’ attendance, follow-up after each session with participants, recording of outcomes and learning, and highlighting any training/resource needs for the relevant parenting interventions.
  • To co-ordinate the Triple P PASS (Peer Assisted Support and Supervision) meetings and to work alongside a “core group” of lead practitioners to support the planning and facilitation of these sessions.
  • To support and mentor professionals trained in the evidence based Parenting Programmes on a one to one basis regarding their practice and professional development, ensuring fidelity to the programmes.
  • To undertake site visits and provide quality improvement suggestions and recommendations regarding the facilitation of evidence based parenting programmes.
  • To co-ordinate, attend and contribute to the Better Finglas Parenting Implementation Team meetings and to provide update reports for these scheduled meetings.
  • To complete an ongoing analysis of any unmet needs in parenting supports and plan the programme provision accordingly.
  • To support the introduction of new parenting initiatives as relevant.
  • To keep regular records in relation to all aspects of work, gather information statistics and prepare reports as required.
  • 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.
  • To participate in the development of the programme through presentations, promoting the programme, etc.
  • To work in partnership with other community services to best meet the needs of children and families by collaborating resources with planned interventions targeting groups/families of shared need.
  • Facilitating referral pathways (within the context of the National Service Delivery Framework and the Child and Family Agency) to other services.

Requirements of all staff

  • Commitment to the purpose of Better Finglas ABC and 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, within Barnardos and with the Better Finglas ABC Programme 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 & Safety Officer.
  • 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 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.
  • A team player, highly motivated and well organised.
  • Ability to work autonomously, act on own initiative and consult where appropriate.
  • Ability to use initiative, self-motivate, with an ability to motivate others.
  • Ability to engage in reflective practice.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to 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, accepting feedback and coaching support on an ongoing basis.
  • Flexibility, creativity, enthusiasm, adaptability and perseverance are essential for this post.
  • Ability to form objective relationships with children, young people, families/carers, colleagues and other agencies.
  • Ability to work with families experiencing significant disadvantage.
  • Excellent writing skills and communication skills along with and an ability to build good relations and liaise effectively and work cooperatively with other service providers, community groups and representatives of the voluntary, community and statutory sectors.


  • A minimum of 2 years post qualification experience of working with vulnerable children and their families.
  • Experience of working in partnership with families and carers.
  • Experience of planning, implementing and reviewing programmes with children and/or families.
  • Experience of delivering evidence based/informed parenting interventions.
  • Good working knowledge of Child Protection Legislation and Guidelines.
  • Experience of and an ability to manage cases and maintain files is essential.
  • Experience of working in the community or a community based programme is essential.
  • Experience of working as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of the impact of discrimination on minority groups and marginalised families.
  • Experience of working with families that have experienced multi-generational disadvantage desirable.


A recognised third level practice qualification (minimum Level 7 on the NFQ; course content should include relevant student placements) in one of the following:

  • Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Social Care
  • Social Work
  • Youth Work
  • Or related discipline (Nursing, Psychology, Early Years Education)


  • Full driving licence and access to the use of a suitably insured car.
  • The postholder is initially assigned to work in the Better Finglas project, Dublin 11 but may be required in the future to work in other locations 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.

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