SOS Kilkenny: Support Worker - Day Services

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Job Title: Support Workers - Aspect Day Service, for Adults with ASD and ID (Reference No. SWA1901)
Job Location(s): Aspect, SOS Kilkenny, Callan Road, and various other locations.
Reporting To: Aspect Co-Ordinator
Contract Type: Permanent
Hours: Mostly daytime hours however evening and weekend work may be involved in this role.
Salary: Linked to HSE Grade


  • Liaising appropriately with service users, their network of support, family members and other professionals where applicable, to ensure consistent planning.
  • Working as part of a team to ensure that service objectives are met and reviewed so as to improve and develop the service.
  • Working in partnership with colleagues and management to establish, maintain and monitor standards of performance for all aspects of the service, including service user involvement and consultation.
  • Working as part of a team in respect to risk management and establishing the right balance in risk assessments between enabling service users to make choices and fulfilling the service duty of care.
  • Facilitation and support of individual programmes of meaningful activities.
  • Completion of reports as deemed necessary by the organisation.
  • Supporting service users with regular exercise and outdoor activities.
  • Attendance and successful completion of any training, education and development deemed necessary to support you in your role.

(This is not an exhaustive list of all duties but is rather a guide to the role).

Personal Profile

Education & Training:

  • Minimum of FETAC LEVEL 7: Degree in Social Care/Applied Social Studies/Psychology/Education or other relevant qualification at degree level.


  • Working with individuals with intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder would be a distinct advantage.
  • Experience in delivering positive behaviour support and low arousal approaches in a person centred environment.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Awareness of key worker role and philosophy surrounding supporting people with complex needs.
  • Have an understanding of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disability and supporting people with complex needs.
  • New Directions, HIQA and National Standards.
  • Excellent communication skills with proven ability to develop positive relationships with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Programme planning.
  • Computer literacy
  • Ability to design schedules, write social stories, facilitate achievement of individual’s personal goals

Competencies and Values:

  • Human Rights Based Approach.
  • Knowledge of Low Arousal Philosophy & Practice.
  • Resilience, Positive Attitude & Openness to Change.
  • Effective Communication & Working Relationships.
  • Planning and Organising.
  • Innovation, Creativity & Problem Solving.

Additional Requirement(s):

  • A Full Clean Driving Licence essential.

Application Process

Interested applicants should e-mail an up to date Curriculum Vitae to Please quote the above reference number when applying. Applications without the reference number will not be accepted.
Closing Date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 11th December 2019.



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