Orchard Fostering: Independent Assessing Social Worker (Nationally)

Orchard Fostering

Independent Assessing Social Worker (Nationally) - On and As Required Contract Basis

Orchard Fostering is an Irish company established in 2008 that provides fostering and supported lodging’s services to children and young people who are referred to its service by Tusla. Orchard Fostering is committed to service excellence and ensuring the best outcomes for children and young people in its care.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for Independent Assessing Social Workers, who are available to complete fostering assessments across Ireland, to join our service on a Contractual Basis and as the need arises. This position will be home based, and the post holder will report directly to the Principal Social Worker for Assessment who is based at our head office in Park West Business Park, Dublin 12.

As an independent assessing Social Worker you will be required to respond to enquiries and case work requested of you by the Principal Social Worker. This caseload will be allocated subject to Geographic Location and availability and reviewed on an ongoing basis. The role will offer you diverse experience in assessing and educating general foster carers in this growing service with the ultimate aim of approval of foster carers, to meet the needs of children requiring care placements. The role requires you to complete these assessments as per the National Standards for Foster Care timeframe of 16 weeks. Fortunate to this position is the greater flexibility of days and times in which these assessments are completed.

This post will involve travel to and from prospective foster carer homes, in line with government Covid guidelines. This service offers skill development in the area of training to prospective and current foster carers alike. This independent assessment role will incorporate support to and training with foster care applicants and their children.

Key criteria:

Must have a professional qualification in Social Work i.e. NQSW, Masters in Social Work or equivalent qualification validated in the Republic of Ireland through CORU.

  • Must have at least 2years social work experience, previous experience in the foster care field is desirable but not mandatory
  • Must have a clean driver’s licence and use of a car
  • Must have own mobile phone and laptop to use for work purposes
  • Must have secure space in home to store confidential files and information
  • Must have professional indemnity (insurance for set up as independent social worker- assistance will be provided)
  • Must be self-motivated and have ability to work flexibly

Role requirements and job specifics available upon request.

To apply, please submit a CV to Lauren Phillips, Administrator, laurenp@orchardfostering.ie For any informal enquiries about the role please contact Orlaith Treacy, Principal Social Worker at orlaitht@orchardfostering.ie or 01-6275713.

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Date Entered/Updated
4th May, 2021
Home Based
Expiry Date
4th Jul, 2021