Depaul: Relief Worker - Across all Dublin Services


Depaul believes that everyone should have a place to call home and a stake in their community. Our aim is to work with those who are socially excluded and marginalised by providing a quality led service in order to produce the best possible outcomes for those accessing our services. We strive to empower our service users to make choices and decisions about the way they live their lives. We work in partnership with central and local government, housing associations and other non-governmental organisations.

Depaul is an equal opportunities employer, we offer a standard 35 hour working week, generous leave entitlements and a pension scheme. We support all staff with regular supervision and core training.

Depaul wishes to recruit to the following role:

Relief Worker
Across all Dublin Services

“As and When Required” basis - required to be available to cover shifts across a 24/7 rota (includes waking night shifts)

1. Role

This service is an accommodation based step down unit for service users who have been resident in Long Term Hospital Accommodation and who are now preparing to move on to more independent living.

Staff team are working with a service user group who have stabilised their mental health issues and have moderate to good functioning skills and are working to re-integrate back into the community and combatting institutionalisation as a result of long stay in psychiatric hospital services.

2. Key Areas of Responsibility

The core pillars of work for this service are:

  • Life Skills – Assessment and Practical Support - Empowering residents to reach their own maximum potential
  • Relational Security Support – Managing risks relating to service
  • Supporting residents - To maintain positive Mental Health
  • Transition - From hospital service to community living

Other Key Areas:

  • Managing accommodation unit x 2
  • Visiting Support to service users living independently in community
  • Interagency working with Partner agency
  • Engagement with statutory agencies (Local Authorities/CWO etc)
  • Managing service related risks
  • Ensuring excellent health and safety standards are maintained
  • Reporting to team and partner agency
  • Covering waking night shifts

The above list is not exhaustive; additional areas of responsibility may be added over time and flexibility to cover for other staff roles is required from time to time. The above list is not exhaustive; additional areas of responsibility may be added over time and flexibility to cover for other staff roles is required from time to time.

3. Person Requirements


  • Formal qualifications are not required for this post (but a qualification in a social care field and/or mental health work would be desirable)


  • 1 year’s paid experience working in Mental Health Services or in Criminal Justice Sector, desirably in a residential setting. Ideally experience of working with service users with enduring major mental health problems, learning disabilities and/ or offending histories.
  • Experience of Life Skills work promoting residents to achieve independence is desirable for this role.
  • Experience of lone working or off-site working an advantage


  • An understanding of enduring mental health issue and the impact it has on the individual
  • Commitment to the therapeutic use of security - Balancing use of minimal restrictions and intrusions with risk management of individuals in a community security
  • Good working knowledge of risk assessment processes and systems (i.e. S/U Risk assessment, Lone Working, Activity Risk Assessments)
  • Skilled at life skills assessment and developing appropriate, empowering life skills programs.

Online Application Procedure:

Please apply though our on line application process on the vacancies page of our website

For more information, please contact Human Resources:
Tel: 00 353 1 453 7111 or e-mail

Closing date for all applications: 24th September 2019 at 9am.

Panels will be formed from which future vacancies may be filled



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