Barnardos - Project Worker - Cherryorchard Family Support Project

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Ireland’s leading children’s charity is recruiting:

Project Worker

Full time (37 hrs) and Specific Purpose contract (end date is 24th December 2019) however this is likely to be extended into early 2020.

Salary: €30,863 - €47,705

Cherryorchard, Dublin 10.

What does our Cherryorchard Family Support Project do?

Cherry Orchard Family Support Service is a targeted Integrated Family Support Service.

The service offers a range of needs led and outcome focused preventative and responsive Family Support interventions. We provide services to 30-32 families at any one time and target children aged between 5-12 years.

The team consists of a Project Leader, three project workers, one administration worker and one cleaner.

What we do:

We work closely with Tusla social workers / schools and local and community agencies to provide intensive family support. This work includes the following;

  • Assessing the need of children and their families using the Barnardos Assessment Framework.
  • Individual work with children to address a variety of identified needs.
  • Targeted group work with children.
  • Parent and child sessions / family work.
  • Crises intervention.
  • Practical family support around routines /housing /budgeting /attending appointments.
  • Partnership with Parents, home based one to one programme which works with parents.
  • Inter-agency work including attendance at case conferences /court /core group meetings.

Where we work:

The service in Cherry Orchard is based in a local authority house within the community. Much of the work is project based, however staff are required to carry out home visits /attend meetings etc. Staff carry out home visits / attend meetings in the Cherryorchard and Lucan areas.

Who do we work with?

The service works with statutory and local /community services in the Cherry Orchard /Ballyfermot area. The service also accepts self-referrals.

Who are we looking for?

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[1] (minimum Level 7 on the QQI) in one of the following:

Early Childhood Care and Education
Social Care
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 car suitably insured vehicle essential.

**Please note that post qualifying experience means paid employment in their field gained after qualifying.

For a full job description check out for further details.

Closing date; 12noon, Friday 19th July 2019.


1] Course content should include relevant student placements


Dublin 10

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