Project Worker – Ballyogan, Dublin 18.

Barnardos Family Support C/O Samuel Beckett Campus, Ballyogan, Dublin 18

General Information

Name of the Project: Barnardos Family support service

Address/Location: Barnardos Family Support Service, Samuel Beckett Campus, Ballyogan Road, Carrickmines Dublin 18.

Contact Details: Mary Daly, Project Leader – 01 9059443

What will the Project Worker based in Ballyogan do?

This post is part of Barnardos wider Family support service being offered across the county. While the worker is located in Ballyogan, the work can take place across the Dunlaoghaire/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.

The role of this worker is to support the parent/child relationship and to improve outcomes for children across different aspects of their lives, including relationships and attachments, living situation, learning and development etc. We focus on improving parenting skills and child/parent relationships in order to ensure children are equipped with skills and supports to be safe, process life events, manage their living situation and reach their full potential.

This project provides targeted evidence based individual and group interventions with assigned key working which are actively case managed to respond to identified needs.

A range of interventions are offered across the lifespan of childhood and adolescence to respond to the presenting needs of families referred to this service.

The project is located in a busy community centre in Ballyogan and will outreach to the wider Dunlaoghaire/Rathdown area responding to referrals, working with children and families in their own homes, in schools, and community settings.

The relationship the Project Workers build with the families and other agencies is key to supporting a change process in a family and should be characterised by empathy, honesty and clear boundaries.

Job Description

Post:   Project Worker
Location:   Barnardos Family Support Service, Ballyogan covering wider local area.
Responsible to:  Project Leader
Works with: Family Support Team, Ballyogan and wider family support staff in Dun 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.

Requirements Specific to this Post

  • This post has responsibility for the delivery of two Community based Parent and Baby groups which have a targeted focus and utilise the evidence based PEEPLE programme ‘Learning Together’ This involves collaborative interagency working and shared service delivery.
  • In addition the role involves working with children and families referred to the Family support team which is located across the county in both Tivoli Family centre Dun Laoghaire and Samuel Beckett Campus Ballyogan.


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

  • 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 (Course content should include relevant student placements and be minimum Level 7 on the QQI) 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).


  • A full driving licence and access to the use of a suitably insured car is essential.
  • The postholder is initially assigned to work in the Ballyogan Family Support service 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.