Dublin Simon Community: Child Development Worker, Family Hub (Meath)

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Minimum job requirements:

  • A recognised third level qualification to degree level in a relevant discipline for example: social work, social care, psychology, youth work, community development, child care.
  • 3 years experience working in a Social Care setting with children/youth
  • Key working skills.
  • Understanding of addiction, domestic violence and other presenting issues.
  • Knowledge of the family hub model and family services and supports for people in homelessness.
  • Understanding and working knowledge of child protection and Children First procedures.

Preferred job requirements:

  • Qualification relating to youth work/child and family work.
  • Driving licence or willingness to acquire one.
  • Knowledge of rights and entitlements of homeless persons.
  • Knowledge of motivational techniques and tools. Knowledge of tools to assess readiness to change.
  • Experience working with families in homeless /housing sector
  • Practical experience of assessment, planned support, key working and advocacy with vulnerable people.
  • Experience facilitating groups and developing programmes.

All applications will be screened for eligibility using the essential qualifications, experience and skills outlined in the job specification. Only those applicants who possess the required essential criteria will be progressed to the next stage of the selection process.

About the job:

As a Child Development Worker, you’ll develop and implement a variety of programmes for children and young people. You’ll work with the service manager in the delivery of services in the Family Hub.


  • Develop and implement an After School programme for the children and young people that meet their individual needs. (These programme must be developed to meet the particular needs, interests and ages for the children in the Family Hub at the given time.) Review the programme as required.
  • Develop and ensure a planned schedule of activities for the summer and weekends. (These activities must be developed to meet the particular needs, interests and ages for the children in the Family Hub at the given time)
  • Identify and support children and young people with additional needs they may have.
  • Supervise and co-ordinate volunteers as assigned.
  • Liaise with local groups and the wider community to build links and referral pathways for the children, young people and families.
  • Manage a case load and as part of a multi disciplinary team work to achieve service targets.
  • Implement and work within care and case management systems and protocols.
  • In collaboration with the service manager, develop and review of policies and procedures related to Child Protection and with the collection of date in line with reporting requirements.
  • Work in cooperation and partnership with other agencies, both voluntary and statutory ensuring good communication and cross-agency flexible working practices to minimise obstacles to a children and/or young person getting access to supports, services and/or accommodation.
  • Carry out an assessment with homeless families and children to provide follow up support in order to provide quality evidence based service, in accordance with Simon Community’s policies and procedures.
  • Identify and manage risks and ensure the protection of all families in the service.
  • Maintain knowledge and awareness of good practice in the field of child development and child protection and knowledge of relevant services and act as professional guide and mentor to members of staff.
  • Engage with and build a professional trusting relationship with people treating them with dignity and respect in order to work within the values of Dublin Simon.
  • Responsible for the preparation of reports, statistics and other information as required in order to inform future strategy and responses as well as for recording and reviewing client details on PASS system.
  • Responsible for the achievement of goals as determined by organisational strategy and local scorecard.
  • Participate in regular supervision and performance review, contributing to the identification of own job related targets and training needs.
  • Ensure families are consulted and involved in the operation of the project as far as possible.
  • Carry out front line duties when required, to ensure the smooth running of the service. Support the rest of the Family Hub team when on shift as required and needed.
  • Operate according to Dublin Simon Community’s Code of behaviour with children, and operate child protection guidelines as appropriate.
  • Provide knowledge and advice relating to child protection concerns as required.
  • Engage with families in activities and support on the service as required.

Location: Family Hub, Gormanston, Co. Meath

Working Hours: 37.5 hours per week. 25 days annual leave.

About us:

At Dublin Simon Community, we are passionate about making home a reality. Our aim is to empower people to access and retain a home by providing housing, prevention, addiction treatment, emergency response and other targeted interventions, through advocacy and partnership. If you share our values and want to make a difference also, come talk to us at Dublin Simon Community. We’re looking for client focused, friendly and adaptable people to join our team. This standard is achieved by organisations that have best practice Human Resource Systems in place, particularly in the area of staff training and development, communication, and staff involvement in the decision making processes in the organisation.

Please note, shortlisting will be in progress throughout the period that the vacancy is live, so you may be called for interview and/or the vacancy may be filled before the closing date.

Note: The duties listed in this job description are not exhaustive and you may be expected to perform other duties as are reasonable in the course of your work with Dublin Simon Community.

Apply for the position
Application due date: 28/04/2019
For queries relating to this position please telephone (01) 635 4800


Gormanston, Co Meath

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