Orchard Fostering: Independent Assessing Social Worker

Independent Assessing Social Worker Post

Orchard is an Irish company established in 2008 that provides fostering and supported lodging’s services to children and young people who are referred to its service by Tusla. Orchard fostering is committed to service excellence and ensuring the best outcomes for children and young people in its care.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for Independent Assessing Social Worker’s to assess with the aim of approving general foster carer for our service. The post holder will report directly to the Assessment Social Work Team Leader who is based at our head office in Park West Business Park in Dublin 12.

As an independent assessing Social Worker you will be required to respond to enquiries and case work requested of you by the assessment Social Work team leader. This caseload will be allocated subject to geographic location and availability and reviewed on a monthly basis through formal supervision. The role will offer you diverse experience in assessing and educating general foster carers in this growing service with the ultimate aim of approval. The role requires you to complete these assessments as per the National Standards for Foster Care timeframe of 16 weeks. Fortunate to this position is the greater flexibility of days and times in which these assessments are completed.

This post will involve travel to and from foster homes. It will involve attendance at the assessment team meeting twice monthly in addition to any other travel required of you for this role. This service offers skill development in the area of training to prospective and current foster carers alike.

Key criteria:

Must have a professional qualification in Social Work i.e. NQSW, Masters in Social Work or equivalent qualification validated in the Republic of Ireland through CORU.

  • Must have at least 2years experience, previous experience in the foster care field is desirable but not mandatory.
  • Must have a clean driver’s licence and use of a car

Role requirements and job specifics available upon request.

To apply, please submit a CV to the Assessment Social Work Team Leader Niamh Clarke at niamh@orchardfostering.ie. For any informal enquiries about the role please contact Orchard Fostering at 01-6275713.


Dublin 12

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