Crosscare: Youth Identification Worker - Teen Counselling


Position Title: Youth Identification Worker

Programme: Crosscare Teen Counselling

Location: Finglas, Dublin 11

Contract: Full time 35 hours per week

Salary: Band D (€30,142 - €42,375)

Role Purpose: To identify, engage and work directly with young people (aged 12-24) who are either engaging in drug and alcohol use and/or affected by substance use in their families

Reports to: Project Manager, Teen Counselling.

The Role:

Key Responsibilities:

  • To identify, engage and work directly with young people (aged 12-24) deemed ‘at risk’ of harm as a result of substance use/experimentation with substances
  • To work in partnerships with other agencies, especially educational, justice, mental health, social care and community agencies
  • To act as a link between young people and local substance misuse agencies and attend case review meetings where appropriate
  • To act as a referrer to the Crosscare Drugs counsellor
  • To deliver Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (ACRA) interventions to young people aged 12 – 24
  • To facilitate a support programme for young people aged 12-24 who have been affected by parental/familial substance misuse
  • To provide drug education for parents and teachers
  • To submit data, keep programme records and provide updates and reports as requested
  • To take part in ongoing approved training to enhance outcomes for the client group


  • To work and promote the ethos and mission of Crosscare and uphold its values in all areas of work
  • To observe the policies and procedures of the project and Crosscare

The Holder:
(Qualification/Skills Requirements)
Education Requirements:

  • Be in possession of a recognised 3rd Level qualification in Addiction / Social Care / Youth Work or a related field

Job skills/Experience:

  • Experience of working in a youth service or residential care setting would be advantageous
  • Strong track record in community based programmes and in supporting strategic partnerships with other agencies
  • Knowledge of Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (ACRA) would be an advantage
  • Experience of interagency work
  • Experience of working with young people with substance use issues

Personal Skills:

  • A commitment to social justice and to treating people with dignity and respect
  • An understanding of the principles of teamwork and the ability to work on your own initiative as well as part of a team
  • Flexibility, good time management and a professional manner.
  • A full Driving License, access to own transport.

Application Process

To apply, please forward an up-to-date CV and Cover Letter to stating clearly which position you are applying for: Youth Identification Worker

Closing date is 9am, Monday 8th March 2021

Crosscare is an equal opportunities employer.
Garda Vetting will apply to this role

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
19th Feb, 2021
Dublin 11
Expiry Date
8th Mar, 2021