Project Worker - Limerick North

Moyross, Limerick

General Information

Name of the Project: Barnardos Family Support Service, Limerick North
Address/Location: Moyross, Limerick
Contact Details: 061 329298

What does our Project do?

Barnardos Family Support Service - Limerick North and Limerick South

Barnardos family support work in Limerick started with the establishment of a Family Support Project in Moyross in 1996 in partnership with the HSE and FAS. In 1999, a project was established in Southside as part of the Springboard Initiative, and a further project was established in Islandgate in 2002. In 2011, in order to provide a citywide service to children in Limerick, all Barnardos activity was brought together in the form of two services: Barnardos Family Support Service - Limerick North and Limerick South.

Barnardos services have the goals of improving the emotional well-being of children, and improving their capacity for learning and development. Barnardos is committed to interagency working and a partnership approach with families.

Barnardos Family Support Service offers direct support to families to address the needs of children. The types of intervention usually include individual work with a child and/or a parent; parent and child work; family work; group work with children and adults, drop-in information and advice, and community activities. The types of support provided often include parenting support, practical support, and support to children in terms of managing behaviour, identity work, self esteem work, sibling work, and other issues as they arise.

Who do we work with?

Barnardos believes that an interagency approach is key to successful outcomes for families engaged with the service.

Referrals for Limerick South are received primarily from Tusla Social Work Dept in Southill Health Centre and Roxtown Health Centre. Other services also refer ie: Public Health Nurses, Schools, Hospitals. While working with a referred family, regular contact is maintained with the referring agency, and review meetings are held with the family to ensure an effective and appropriate service is being offered.

Where we work:

Barnardos Family Support Service Limerick South works with children and families in the south of Limerick city and delivers services in a number of centres including O’Malley Park Southill, Garryglass Ave Ballinacurra Weston, Bishop St and St. Mary’s Girls School in Kings Island. The administrative base for the staff team is in O’Malley Park.


Job Description

Post:   Project Worker
Location:   Barnardos Family Support Service, Limerick North
Responsible to:  Project Leader
Works with:  Project Leader, Project Staff, External Agencies as appropriate and Children and Families accessing Barnardos services


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.
  • 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

  • You are initially assigned to work in the Limerick North project but may be required in the future to work in other projects in the Limerick city area in line with organisational needs.

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 programmes with children and/or families.


A recognised third level practice qualification (Course content should include relevant student placements and be minimum Level 7 on the NFQ) 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).

Note: this list can be varied depending on the specific requests of the post.

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

The postholder is initially assigned to work in the Limerick North service but may be required in the future to work in other project(s) in the Limerick 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.

All documentation received by Barnardos in relation to job applications  will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Acts, 1988 and 2003. The information will only be used by Barnardos  in the processing of job applications and for ongoing administrative purposes with job candidates.  To make a request under the Data Protection Acts, please submit a request in writing to: Data Protection Executive, Barnardos  National Office,  Christchurch Square, Dublin 8 or email