Barnardos: Project Worker - Finglas West Family Resource Centre

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Ireland’s leading children’s charity is recruiting:

Project Worker - new Finglas West Family Resource Centre

Part time (20 hrs) and Permanent contract.

(Working days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)

Salary: €16,682 - €25,786 (this is the pro rata salary for 20 hrs)

Finglas West, Dublin 11.

Finglas West Family Resource Centre

New funding has been secured from Tusla, the Child and Family Agency for a new Family Resource Centre (FRC) in the Finglas West area.  Barnardos is the lead agency for this FRC, working closely in conjunction with key collaborative partners from the Finglas West Community, the Finglas Child and Family Network and the Finglas West FRC Steering Group.

The Finglas West FRC Steering group was established in January 2019. The Steering group consists of key people from the local area and organisations who will work together to support the implementation of the Finglas West FRC.

The Finglas FRC programme delivery will be informed by agreed logic models and they will form the basis for oversight of the programme by the steering group.

The FRC itself will adopt a strong community development approach to working with children and their families. The active and meaningful participation of parents and children will be central to the approach of the FRC.

We are now recruiting for a Project Worker and welcome applications from anyone who is interested in being involved in this new and exciting development.

You will be working in a team of four people - a Project Co-ordinator, 2 part time project workers and a part time administration worker. The office is based in Finglas and services will be delivered on an outreach basis in the community until the new FRC building is built.

Who are we looking for?

Personal Attributes

  • Flexibility, creativity, enthusiasm, adaptability and perseverance are essential for this post
  • Commitment to the delivery of quality services to children, young people, families and carers
  • A team player, highly motivated and well organised
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Ability to use initiative, self-motivate, with an ability to motivate others
  • Ability to engage in reflective practice
  • Ability to work under pressure and to make decisions on own initiative or in consultation with the line manager when appropriate
  • Ability to form objective relationships with children, young people, families/carers, colleagues and other agencies
  • Ability to work with families experiencing significant disadvantage
  • Excellent communication skills and an ability to build good relations and liaise effectively and work cooperatively with other service providers, community groups and representatives of the voluntary, community and statutory sectors
  • Commitment to community development approach
  • Flexibility around working hours is required, evening and weekend work may be necessary


  • A minimum of 2 years post qualification experience of working with vulnerable children and their families
  • Experience of working in partnership with families and carers
  • Experience of planning, implementing and reviewing programmes with children and/or families
  • Good working knowledge of Child Protection Legislation and Guidelines
  • Experience of and an ability to manage cases and maintain files is essential
  • Experience of working in the community or a community based programme is essential
  • Experience of working with families that have experienced multi-generational disadvantage
  • Experience of group work facilitation
  • Knowledge and understanding of community development principles and practices
  • Experience of evidence informed practices relating to children and 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
  • Education
  • Social Work
  • Youth Work
  • Or related discipline (Nursing, Psychology, Early Years Education).
  • Full driving licence and access to the use of a suitably insured car 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; 5pm, Wednesday 17th July 2019.

Interview date: Wednesday 14th August 2019.

[1] Course content should include relevant student placements


Dublin 11

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