Project Worker – Finglas West Family Resource Centre

(Re-advertised)

Finglas West, Dublin 11.

General Information

Barnardos is the lead agency for this new FRC (established in 2018 and funded through Tulsa) working closely in conjunction with key collaborative partners from the Finglas West Community, the Finglas Child and Family Network and the Better Finglas Steering Group.

A Steering Group has been established with key people from the local area and organisations who work together to support the implementation of the Finglas West FRC. Finglas West FRC programme delivery is informed by agreed logic models and they form the basis for oversight of the programme by the steering group.

The FRC itself adopts a strong community development approach to working with children and their families. The active and meaningful participation of parents and children is a central to the approach of the FRC.

Profile information for Finglas West:

Finglas West is the local name given to the electoral districts (ED’s) of Finglas South A and Finglas North A & B. Finglas West is an area of significant need with higher than average prevalence of poverty, unemployment, drug misuse and crime. Finglas West is a RAPID area with high rates of unemployment. Finglas North A is one of 7 unemployment blackspots in Dublin City with male unemployment rates of 31% and female unemployment at 26%. The numbers of unemployed persons has risen in each of the three Electoral Divisions (ED) in the period 2011-2016 despite significant falls in unemployment nationally. The highest rate of unemployment at a small area level is 53.17%, figures well above the national average.

Two EDs (Finglas North A & B) are categorised as disadvantaged. There are a number of small areas (SA) within each ED which are classified as very disadvantaged.

Third level participation rates in Finglas North A and B are very low comparative to city and nationwide averages. One SA has a third level participation rate of just 2.6% which it combines with a lone parent ratio of 70%. The highest proportion of lone parents in Finglas West is 74% in one SA. The proportion of those with primary education only exceeds 30% in Finglas North A (31.1%) which is significantly higher than the city wide average of 15.3%. The area has one of the highest Traveller population in Dublin North West Constituency with 327 members of the travelling community. 406 people identified as members of new communities (non-Irish nationality) in the 2016 census representing 4.46% of the population.

Irish

UK

Polish

Lithuanian

EU

Rest of World

Total

Not Stated

8,486

70

88

19

162

67

406

176

 

The population of the Finglas West Area is 9097 and the age profile is detailed below (Census 2016):

2016 Age Profile

Male

Female

Total

0-5

324

344

668

6-12

474

437

911

13-19

491

450

941

20-24

341

319

660

 

Finglas West has a total of 2376 families and 7425 family members. The 2016 Census shows the following breakdown:

 

Family cycle

Number of families

Number of family members

Pre-family

98

196

Empty nest

190

380

Retired

188

376

Pre-school

172

478

Early school

239

798

Pre-adolescent

230

859

Adolescent

337

1288

Adult

922

3050

Total

2376

7,425

 

 


Job Description

Post Finglas West FRC Project Worker.
Location Finglas, Dublin 11
Responsible to Finglas West FRC Co-ordinator
Works with: Finglas West Community, Finglas West FRC Steering Group, Finglas West FRC Staff Team, Barnardos local, regional and national staff and managers, Service Users & Staff and Partner Agencies and Funders

Job purpose

To support and work in close collaboration with the Project Co-ordinator and Finglas West FRC Steering Group to implement the FRC’s aims and objectives as specified in the work plan. To work with the Finglas West Community to ascertain the needs of the area and build confidence and the capacity of individual, families and groups through the development and support of appropriate programmes and activities.

Core Job Requirements

  • To assess the needs of the children and the families engaging with the project
  • To adapt Evidence Informed approaches to meet the identified need.
  • 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 families in a variety of ways, including information and advice, group work, individual work and family work, from both the centre and on an outreach basis.
  • To key work 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 this Post

  • To represent Barnardos and Finglas West FRC as appropriate at local/regional or national level, this may involve media and advocacy work
  • To work on behalf of Barnardos as the Lead Agency, reporting to a local Steering Group who support the delivery of the FRC Work Plan in the community
  • To support and work in close collaboration with the co-ordinator and project team to implement the Resource Centre’s aims and objectives as specified in the Work Plan
  • To work within the community to ascertain the needs of families in the area and build confidence and the capacity of individuals and families
  • To liaise with relevant agencies and service providers and be willing to engage in interagency projects
  • To plan, implement and evaluate family events for the local community
  • Facilitating referral pathways (within the context of the National Service Delivery Framework and the Child and Family Agency) to other services
  • Participating in the development of the programme through presentations, promoting the programme, etc
  • To support and work with students and volunteers where relevant necessary
  • To support local community groups and network with other agencies in order to enhance the services of Finglas West FRC
  • To provide written reports for co-ordinator and steering group including minutes of meetings with other agencies
  • To promote communication and networking between community groups
  • To adopt an Anti-Bias approach within the Finglas West FRC

Requirements of all Barnardos staff

  • Commitment to the purpose of both Barnardos and the Finglas West FRC 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

  • Flexibility, creativity, enthusiasm, adaptability and perseverance are essential for this post
  • Commitment to the delivery of quality services to children, young people, families and carers
  • A team player, highly motivated and well organised
  • Excellent writing skills
  • 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 on own initiative or in consultation with the line manager when appropriate
  • Ability to form objective relationships with children, young people, families/carers, colleagues and other agencies
  • Ability to work with families experiencing significant disadvantage
  • Excellent communication skills 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
  • Commitment to community development approach
  • Flexibility around working hours is required, evening and weekend work may be necessary

Experience

  • 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
  • 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 with families that have experienced multi-generational disadvantage
  • Experience of group work facilitation
  • Knowledge and understanding of community development principles and practices
  • Experience of evidence informed practices relating to children and families

Qualifications

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

  • Early Childhood Care and Education
    Social Care
  • Education
  • 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 essential.

The postholder is initially assigned to work in the Finglas Family Resource Centre, 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.