KARE: Intensive Behaviour Support Worker


KARE provides support to people who have an intellectual disability and their families. We were founded in 1967 and work in the mid and south Kildare, east Offaly, west Wicklow and northeast Carlow areas of Ireland. We believe that people with an intellectual disability are important and should be a part of their community like everyone else. We work with each individual who uses the service to support them to develop their skills and abilities so that they can live the life of their choice.

KARE is an innovative organisation that strives for continuous improvement and best practice in all it does. The organisation is accredited at European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) Recognised for Excellence 5-star level and are the 2016 EFQM Ireland Excellence Award winners.

Intensive Behaviour Support Worker

Permanent Fulltime
37 hours per week
Instructor Salary Scale (€27,407 - €41,733)


The Behaviour Support Team is responsible for the development and implementation of positive Behaviour Support Plans for adults with intellectual disabilities. The Intensive Support Worker will collect data, have input into the development of behaviour support plans, train teams in the implementation of plans, be responsible for observation of teams carrying out support plans and give feedback to staff based on observation.


  • Essential: Experience working with challenging behaviour particularly with people who have an intellectual disability
  • Desirable: a recognised qualification in the area of behaviour support e.g. QQI Level 5 in Challenging Behaviour
  • A very good understanding of challenging behaviours and the use of positive behaviour support plans to support individuals
  • Ability to provide training to Social Care teams in how to implement a behaviour support plan
  • Ability to provide feedback based on observations of this training to the relevant staff
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to lead, support and motivate teams
  • Ability to work as part of a team in dealing with difficult and complex situations
  • Relevant IT skills and the ability to develop the necessary materials needed for a behaviour support plans i.e. Board Maker, Word, Excel, data sheets
  • Knowledge and skills in the principles and techniques of non-aversive behavioural support in the context of the Individual Support Plan
  • A full clean driving licence and the use of one’s own car is essential

Benefits include:

  • Generous annual leave
  • Paid Maternity/Paternity Leave
  • Rewarding work with flexible hours
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Contributory Pension Plan
  • Salary Protection
  • Personal Development, Professional Growth and Career Progression and more…

A detailed Job Description is available on request.

Salary is paid in accordance with the Department of Health Consolidated Salary Scales.

Shortlisting based on the above requirements for the role will apply.

Informal Enquiries to: Shiona Power, Support Services on (045) 480 200.

How to Apply

Please email your current CV and Application Form outlining how you meet the requirements of the role as specified above to recruitment@kare.ie

Closing date for applications is noon on 28 January 2019

KARE is an Equal Opportunities Employer committed to staff training and development.


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