Barnardos: Bereavement Project Worker (Part-Time) - Cork


Ireland’s leading children’s charity is recruiting:

Bereavement Project Worker, Cork

Location: Barnardos Children’s Bereavement Service, Mahon, Cork City.
Contract: Part-time (22.5 hours per week) and fixed term until September 2023.
The hours will be worked over 3 days, Very occasional evening hours to facilitate training/workshops/groups.
Salary: €18,768 - €29,009 DOE This is the pro-rated salary for 22.5 hours per week.

Name of the Project: Barnardos Children’s Bereavement Service


  • Dublin: Barnardos Children’s Bereavement Service, 23/24 Lower Buckingham Street, Dublin 1.
  • Cork: Barnardos Children’s Bereavement Service, 8/9 Orchard View, Ring Mahon Road, Mahon, Cork

Contact Details: Dublin: 01-8134100, Cork: 021-4357679

What does our service do?

The Barnardos Children’s Bereavement Service is a service for children and young people who have lost someone close to them, like a parent, sibling, or a classmate, through death. Using a variety of interventions and approaches, we work with families to help them to support their child through the grieving process.

What will the Project Worker do?

Project Workers with the Barnardos Children’s Bereavement Service engage directly with children and families who have been bereaved and are struggling to cope with the aftermath of the loss. Project Workers are involved with the assessment of need of bereaved children and families and the implementation of therapeutic interventions for these families with a view to achieving identified outcomes.
Project Workers liaise closely with external agencies such as Social Services, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and Schools who may also be involved with the child.
Project Workers may also be required to provide support, advice and training on the effects of bereavement on childhood development to external agencies.

Where we work:

Project Workers are based across two centres – one in Dublin city and one in Cork city.
The Dublin team is managed remotely by the Project Leader who is currently based in Cork.
The Helpline Volunteers and the Project Co-ordinator are also based in Buckingham Street, Dublin 1.

Due to Covid-19, we are currently offering this support online, over the phone, face to face and in person. We will continue to offer support in this blended way as long as necessary with physical distancing measures being taken and adherence to public health guidelines.

Who do we work with?

The Barnardos Children’s Bereavement Service works primarily with children. We also provide education, support, advice and training to family members, schools, mental health professionals and social services. This is offered both through the direct contact work of the Project Workers, and through the volunteers who operate the Bereavement Helpline.

Job purpose

To develop and implement services that respond to the needs of children and families affected by the death of a close family member.

Personal attributes

  • Commitment to the delivery of quality services to children, young people, families and carers.
  • Ability to participate in team work, work in collaboration with others and to work co-operatively with other agencies.
  • Ability to act on own initiative and consult where appropriate.
  • Ability to work under pressure, make decisions in consultation with the line manager when appropriate.
  • To be committed to adhering to best practice in the work and be innovative and open to change.
  • Flexibility and adaptability are essential for this post.
  • Ability to form objective relationships with children, young people, families/carers, colleagues and other agencies.


  • A minimum of 2 years’ post qualification experience of working with vulnerable children and families.
  • Experience of working in a therapeutic way with children and families affected by trauma and grief.
  • Experience of working in partnership with families and carers.
  • Experience of planning, implementing and reviewing programmes with children and/or families.


A recognised third level practice qualification (minimum Level 7 on the QQI, Course content should include relevant student placements) in one of the following:

  • Early Childhood Care and Education
    Social Care
  • Education
  • Social Work
  • Youth Work
  • Psychology
  • Psychiatric Nursing

And a relevant accredited therapeutic qualification is desirable such as Counselling, Psychotherapy, Family therapy, Art therapy, Bereavement Studies, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.

Full clean driving licence and access to the use of a suitably insured car desirable.

For full job description and to apply please visit

Closing date: 4pm, 21st September 2021
Interview date: TBC

Shortlisting will apply (please note, CVs are not accepted on their own, candidates must complete and submit our application form through Barnardos website).

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
10th Sep, 2021
Mahon, Cork City
Expiry Date
21st Sep, 2021