Orchard Fostering: Relief Social Care Workers

Orchard Fostering

Established in 2008, we are the largest Irish-owned independent foster care agency.

More than a decade later, we have close to a hundred wonderful foster carer families that provide excellent care for their foster children.

Our mission is our dedication and genuine passion for child welfare and supporting carers. We pride ourselves on knowing our carers and recognizing the contribution they make towards a lasting difference in the lives of the children in their care.

Orchard fostering has a dedicated team of full-time social care workers. The team was established in 2009, in recognition of the need for additional support for foster carers, children and young people. The team have many years’ experience in the areas of foster care, residential care and after care services. The team is overseen by a qualified play therapist, and team members have a variety of training in the following areas; yoga play, grief and loss, theraplay, and applied behavioural analysis.
We are currently recruiting relief staff members to become a part of our social care team. This role will be varied and involve assisting the social care team in their role. This will be a great opportunity for successful applicant(s) to develop their skill set in working with vulnerable children and young people, and supporting foster carers in their vital role.
Flexibility in working hours will be required. The hourly rate is in line with standard relief positions, and mileage will be paid when your vehicle is in use.

Minimum Requirements for this role:

  • A full clean drivers license
  • Access to own vehicle
  • A minimum level 7 Social Care (or equivalent) qualification

Desirable Requirements:

  • Previous experience of working with children, young people and families
  • Understanding of attachment and trauma

What we offer:

  • An opportunity to join a highly trained, established and skilled team
  • Professional support and access to supervision
  • Induction training
  • Opportunity to attend other training

Application process:

To apply for a relief position, please forward your CV and a cover letter outlining your suitability to the role to Social Care Team Leader Sabrina Mc Ardle at sabrina@orchardfostering.ie by September 20th. Successful applicants will be notified and invited for an interview at a later date.



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