Limerick Social Service Council: Professionally Qualified Social Worker (Maternity Cover)

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Limerick Social Service Council Limited
Comhairle Sheirbhis Soisialta Luimnigh

Professionally Qualified Social Worker (PQSW)

(Child and Family Services)

Specified Purpose Maternity Leave Post – 30 Hours per week.

Aim of The Child and Family Service

The LSSC Child and Family Service is made up of seven components including the Teen Parent Support Programme, the Community Mothers Programme, the Lifelong Parenting Information & Support, the Family Support Initiative, Traveller Health Advocacy Programme, Family Welfare Conferencing and Family Advocacy. The service aims to enable parents to enjoy and participate more fully in their child’s development, supporting them in their role by encouragement, sharing experiences and information. The level of support can be formal or informal and is devised based on an assessment of individual needs. Support varies from intensive crisis interventions to once-off support and information. Child and Family Services are available to all those in a caring role with the main aims of promoting child wellbeing, parental competency and strengthening family life.

Overall Purpose of the Job

The role of the Community Social Worker involves managing and prioritising a caseload appropriate to the post, as well as developing and implementing programmes that respond to the needs of children and families referred to the service. Key to this, is working in partnership with families, statutory services, and community and voluntary groups. The Community Social Work Service adopts a holistic approach aimed at enhancing the quality of life, health and social well-being of all persons engaged with the service.

Core Job Competencies

Working within the Child and Family Service, the Social Worker will have the following responsibilities:

Service Practice

  • Incorporate Social Work values and ethical principles in planning, developing, implementing and reviewing interventions.
  • To ascertain the needs of children and families engaging with the programme using evidence informed assessment frameworks.
  • To plan, implement and review programmes for children, young people and families based on their individual and group needs.
  • To provide a range of practical services including direct work with families, advice, guidance and assistance in respect of the physical, social and emotional development of children and young people.
  • To refer children, young people and their families to appropriate specialist services in order that their needs are met.
  • To develop effective working partnerships with the relevant family members, carers and significant others in response to the needs of the child/young person.
  • To implement, monitor and review plans within the Child and Family Service and multi-agency meetings relating to the assessed needs of the target group.
  • To attend team meetings and service reviews to assist in the development of team and Child and Service objectives.
  • To design and deliver staff training that supports the evolving service requirements within LSSC.
  • To supervise Student Social Workers.

Safeguarding & Quality

  • To promote and safeguard the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults with whom the Child and Family Service has contact in line with LSSC policies and procedures, legislation, quality standards and best practice.
  • To maintain performance and develop practice and experience in line with personal targets as agreed with the Senior Practice Manager and to participate in regular supervision with the relevant designated Supervisor.
  • To uphold and promote good work practices with LSSC colleagues.
  • To act as a resource for LSSC staff in promoting the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults with whom the Child and Family Service has contact.
  • To support the DLP/DO in their duties, as well as providing cover, where requested by LSSC Management.
  • To deliver training to LSSC staff in relation to child protection and welfare and the safeguarding of vulnerable adults

Reporting & Record Keeping

  • To keep regular, up to date case records using LSSC management information systems in line with Data Protection legislation and to ensure all information is treated with the utmost confidentiality.
  • To compile reports and attend interagency meetings, case conferences, court proceedings and other relevant fora as required.
  • To participate in the regular collection and collation of appropriate performance management information which meets the changing needs of the service.
  • The successful applicant will report to the LSSC Senior Practice Manager.


  • Holder of a relevant professional 3rd level qualification in Social Work, and registered with the Social Workers Registration Board at CORU.
  • Commitment to the incorporation of Social Work values and ethical principles in planning, developing, implementing and reviewing interventions, which values both individual relationship-based practice and collective approaches.
  • Ability to demonstrate awareness of the developmental needs of children and young people and of the functioning of families.
  • Ability to demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of clinical, professional and social work interventions with children and families, as well as relevant legislation, needs assessment tools and practice guidelines.
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of Child Protection and Welfare issues, and knowledge of National Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults Policy.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team and in partnership with service users and other professionals.
  • Commitment to Social Work continuous professional development.
  • Full clean Driving License and use of a car.


  • At least two years post Qualification employment working with and undertaking interventions with families, children and groups.
  • Previous experience of working within a voluntary / community-based family support agency.

Terms and Conditions

  • Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm on Friday 23rd November, 2018
  • Completed Application Forms (as attached) together with a cover letter should be sent to Margaret Meagher, Human Resources Manager at Limerick Social Service Council, Upper Henry Street, Limerick or by e-mail to
  • Candidates must be available to attend Interview on Tuesday 4th December, 2018.
  • Canvassing will disqualify.
  • Limerick Social Service Council Ltd is an equal opportunities employer.




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