Project Leader – Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

General Information

Please note: To apply for this role you must complete our application form, CVs alone will not be accepted.


Name of the Project: Clonmel Family Support Service.

Contact Details: Barnardos Family Support Project, 140 Elm Park, Clonmel. Co. Tipperary. Tel; 052 6170665

What does our Services do?

Barnardos has been delivering services in South Tipperary since 2006. We currently offer two services in South Tipperary from our base in Elm Park, Clonmel, both of which are funded primarily by Tusla. The Family Support Project is now in its 12th year and works directly & intensively with a specific number of vulnerable families mainly living in Clonmel and surrounding areas. Referrals are taken from Tusla social work and PPFS services, as well as self referrals.

Service interventions offer comprehensive family support assessments along with interventions that aim to stabilise the family situation, promote promote children’s development, reduce risk from harm and promote the best quality of care in the family, thereby reducing the likelihood of the family requiring intervention from the Social Work Child Protection System.

The interventions offered by the Project include:

  • Assessment of the needs of the child and family
  • Intensive family support interventions
  • Partnership with Parents- Barnardos one to one targeted programme for parents
  • Practical Family Support
  • Crisis Management
  • Parent- child work- to enhance the parent / child relationship
  • Family Work- to enhance positive interactions, problem solving strategies and communication as a family.
  • Individual work with children and young people
  • Meitheal- full delivery of the Tusla PPFS Meitheal Programme.

We also provide a Family Welfare Conferencing Service which has been in operation since 2006 and covers the Tusla Area of South Tipperary, Carlow and Kilkenny. Referrals to this service are restricted to Tusla social work services. The aim of the service is to assist families with decision making in relation to the care, welfare and protection of children. Family welfare conferences are a statutory requirement under the provisions of the Children’s Act 2001. Work is currently underway to integrate FWC services with Tusla’s Service Delivery Framework.

The current staff team is as follows

Project Leader

Project Co-ordinator – Family Support

4 Project Workers – Family Support

FWC Co-ordinator South Tipperary

FWC Co-ordinator Carlow and Kilkenny

Administration worker

The service works with approximately 60 cases at any one time

Job Description

Post:   Project Leader
Location:   Clonmel Family Support service
Responsible to:  Assistant Director of Children’s Services for South East region.
Works with:  National & Regional Offices, other Managers in Region, service users & staff and other agencies.

Job Purpose

To ensure the development, management, delivery and review of Barnardos services within your area of responsibility, within the strategic direction of Barnardos and to participate in the overall development of the region and organisation.

Core Job Requirements


  • Responsible for the delivery, management, development and review of Barnardos work with children and families within your area of responsibility.
  • To propose a budget for the service, participate in budget planning and manage an approved budget(s) for your area of responsibility in line with Barnardos financial procedures.
  • To pursue funding opportunities to support the work and to prepare and submit funding proposals in consultation with the Assistant Director.
  • To undertake the duties of Designated Person for the project under the Children First National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children.
  • To ensure that the protection and welfare of children is a primary concern of all staff and that, when child protection issues arise, Barnardos policies and procedures are fully adhered to.
  • To prepare reports on the work as required and to maintain effective working relationships with funders as appropriate.
  • To ensure all case, financial and administrative records and files are maintained to a high standard and case records are accessible to service users, seeking permission from third parties as appropriate.
  • To ensure an up to date health and safety statement is accessible and available and is adhered to and any health and safety concerns are dealt with effectively and efficiently.
  • To ensure the information for the database is gathered and inputed within the required time scale.
  • To develop and facilitate a culture of service users consultation and involvement in all aspects of the work. 

Staff and Supervision 

  • To ensure all staff, students and volunteers receive regular and professional supervision and appraisals.
  • To ensure training needs are identified and addressed to ensure learning is promoted within your area of responsibility.
  • To manage the recruitment process for staff to the service. 

Delivery of Services

  • To ensure effective referral, assessment, planning and review processes are in place to meet the needs of children and families participating in the service.
  • To ensure quality and best standards are adhered to in all aspects of the work.
  • To maintain appropriate relationships with external agencies in order to ensure that the needs of children and families are met in an integrated and co-ordinated manner.
  • To ensure that legislation and statutory guidelines, organisational policy and the corporate plan are fully implemented within your area of responsibility.
  • To ensure programmes are planned, delivered and evaluated in response to the needs of children and families attending the service.
  • Identify the needs of children and families attending the service that are not being met and to advocate at an individual, service and organisational level for them to be met.
  • To ensure that regular contact is maintained with referrers and other relevant agencies to ensure an integrated response to the needs of children and families.
  • To ensure the service participates in case conferences and other meetings in relation to the welfare of children and families.
  • To undertake direct practice as appropriate. 

Development of the Service

  • To develop appropriate relationships with external agencies in order to ensure that the needs of children and families are met in an integrated and co-ordinated manner.
  • To pro-actively pursue the development of services to meet the needs of children and families within the catchments area of your responsibility through appropriate participation in community and interagency structures.
  • Identify recruitment needs for the service, review and propose job descriptions and person specifications.
  • To participate in the overall development of good practice models within the organisation.

Organisational Role 

  • To participate in the development of organisational policy and plans to ensure they are implemented within the work of the project.
  • To ensure that the service operates in a cohesive way within the region and organisation and to participate in service development for a within the organisation.
  • To participate at regional management level and other appropriate groups to contribute to the development of strategies and policies within the organisation.
  • To represent Barnardos as appropriate at local / regional or national level, which may involve media and advocacy work.
  • To undertake specific regional / organisational tasks in agreement with the line manager.

Requirements Specific to this Post

  • To manage and develop Barnardos service provision in South Tipperary.
  • To ensure that key external relationships are prioritised and managed in a co ordinated and integrated manner. 

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 & 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 lead and manage the staff team
  • Ability to prioritise competing demands.
  • Ability to work autonomously but seek advice as appropriate.
  • Ability to manage complexity and diversity.
  • Ability to develop, manage and maintain complex internal and external relationships with a range of stakeholders.
  • Ability to assess needs and identify appropriate service responses.
  • Ability to work to standards and work within policy framework and legislation.
  • Ability to demonstrate high level dynamic skills of responsiveness, flexibility, creativity and problem solving.
  • Ability to be analytical and critical.
  • Flexibility and adaptability is essential for this post.


A minimum of five years post qualification experience and demonstrate competencies in terms of management ability essential. Prior management experience highly desirable.

Knowledge and experience of evidence informed approaches to family support assessment & intervention and Family Welfare Conferencing are highly desirable.


Relevant professional 3rd level qualification essential, for example: Social Work, Social Care, Child Care, Education, Youth and Community Work, Psychology or equivalent. Management training highly desirable (min of Level 7 on the QQI).

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


  • Ability to travel in line with the needs of the role as travel is required across South Tipperary, Carlow, Kilkenny and other locations.
  • The postholder is initially assigned to work in the Clonmel Family Support service but may be required in the future to work in other locations in the Co. Tipperary 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.