Project Worker - Tallaght, Dublin 24

Lorien Child and Family Service, Fortunestown, Tallaght

General Information

Name of the Project: Lorien Child and Family Service, Fortunestown, Tallaght
Address/Location: 30 MacUilliam Crescent, Tallaght, Dublin 24
Contact Details: 01 4203019

What does our Project do?

The Lorien Project was established in 1997 and expanded in 2002 as a service to address the needs of children in the Tallaght area whose lives are affected by drug misuse. Typically these are the children of drug using parents. The service is funded by Tallaght Drugs Task Force and the Health Service Executive Addiction Services.

These children can experience considerable instability, disruption and danger in their lives and are at significant risk of neglect and of progressing into a life of instability and addiction themselves. Their parents are often very conscious of the impact of their addiction on their children’s lives and can minimise this alongside feeling considerable guilt. Working with this level of need can be challenging and positive engagement in the team and wider organisation is important. In many cases grandparents and other extended family members play vital roles in bringing stability and security into the children’s lives, often with little or no recognition or support. The project is based in MacUlliam Crescent in West Tallaght and outreaches to the entire Tallaght area, working with families in their own homes and working closely with a number of community addiction services. The service aims to work with 31 families at any one time. The level of risk involved in many of the families requires a tight Active Case Management process and frequent submission of Standard Reporting Forms to the Child and Family Agency as well as playing a key role in effective interagency working.

From 2007 to 2010 a service design process was undertaken which involved researching the needs of the children and families who used the service and of the wider Tallaght community, reviewing international best practice in working with this client group, followed by a detailed process of designing the key elements of the interventions to be offered to children and families.

The key interventions offered by the project are:

  • Assessment of the needs of the child and family
  • Partnership with Parents – offered to all families
  • Practical Support offered as required
  • Parents Engagement Group offered as required
  • Individual work with children offered as required
  • Friendship Group offered as required
  • Incredible Years offered as required
  • Strengthening Families (delivered in partnership with other agencies) offered as required
  • Seasons for Growth offered as required

The Project Worker plays a key role in the delivery of services to children and families, often in partnership with other agencies. The relationship the Project Worker builds 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.

Recent change in national addiction policy means that the project works with families with alcohol addiction as well as illicit drug addiction.

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Job Description

Post:   Project Worker
Location:   Lorien Child and Family Service
Responsible to:  Project Leader
Works with:  Barnardos Dublin South & South West Region and a range of external agencies


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

  • To ensure that the service operates in an integrated way with other Barnardos services in the Tallaght area.

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.
  • Knowledge of Partnership with Parents, Friendship Group, Incredible Years and Strengthening Families is desirable.
  • Knowledge and experience of working with addiction is desirable.


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 Lorien 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.

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