Barnardos: Best Practice Manager

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Ireland’s leading children’s charity is recruiting:

Barnardos was established in 1962. We work with vulnerable children and their families and campaign for the rights of all children.

We provide practical and professional supports for children, young people and families in over 40 centres and services in Ireland and in 2018 we worked with over 17,000 children and families.

Barnardos is recruiting for the following role in Dublin city centre.

Best Practice Manager

Full Time (37 hrs) & Permanent Contract
Salary: €50,209 - €65,505
Christchurch Square, Dublin 8 with requirement to travel nationally as required

What will the Best Practice Manager do?

The main responsibilities of the role, can be categorised into the following:

  • Service Design
    Facilitating the design of evidence-based, needs-led and outcomes-focused services.
  • Practice Development
    Design child-centred frameworks and systems to ensure consistency and best practice across Barnardos’ services in addition, develop and or review children’s services policies within Barnardos.
  • Auditing and Monitoring
    Develop monitoring systems to track compliance with Barnardos policies and complete national audits of practice.
  • Management
    Responsible for the management of Barnardos’ Best Practice Team, which consists of 2 other members of staff.
  • To support the design and implementation of Barnardos new Trauma Informed Organisational Strategy.

Who are we looking for?


  • A relevant professional qualification in a discipline such as social work, psychology, or a related area.
  • Qualification / study undertaken in facilitation and / or training will be an advantage.


  • A minimum of 5 years management experience in the voluntary sector providing training or working in a community setting with children, young people and their parents who experience disadvantage.
  • Experience of leading or participating in change management programmes which result in improved outcomes for children.
  • Experience of facilitating practice development.
  • Experience of functioning as a strong team member sharing expertise, experience and co-working.
  • Experience in the design and delivery of services and training courses.


  • Knowledge of the needs of children and families with a particular emphasis on disadvantage.
  • Knowledge of impact of adversity on children and their parents and key aspects of a trauma informed organisation
  • Knowledge of a range of theories and approaches relevant to working with children, young people and their families (i.e. child development theory, family systems theory, solution focussed approach, group work theory).
  • Clear understanding of current policies and legislation affecting children and strong knowledge of child protection policies and best practices (e.g. Childcare Act, Children’s Act, UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, National Children’s Strategy).
  • Knowledge of evidence based practice and methods of integrating research and evaluation into everyday practice is desirable.

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to multitask, prioritise, lead and motivate.
  • Responsive to changing needs within the sector.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Commitment to the delivery of quality services to children and families.
  • Ability to self-motivate and use initiative.
  • Ability to think creatively and innovatively.
  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships within the organisation and externally.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to prioritise and manage competing demands in tight timescales.
  • Ability to produce clear, succinct written material and to demonstrate well developed report writing skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to deliver formal training and informal coaching to staff individually and in teams.
  • Willingness to travel and to work with flexibility.
  • Positive, solution focused approach.


  • Full driving licence and access to the use of a suitably insured car.
  • To be able to travel regionally and nationally on a regular basis.

For full job description and to apply check out

Closing date: 12noon, Tuesday 23rd April 2019.
Interview date: Thursday 2nd May 2019.

Shortlisting will apply (please note, cv’s are not accepted on their own, candidates must complete and submit our application form through our website).

Cv’s are accepted only in addition to submission of a fully completed application form.


Dublin 8

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