Barnardos: Project Worker - Dublin


Ireland’s leading children’s charity is recruiting:

Project Worker, Dublin

Location: Barnardos Child and Family Service Mulhuddart
Contract: Fulltime (37 hours per week) and Permanent
Salary: €30,863 - €47,705 DOE

Name of the Project: Barnardos Child and Family Service Mulhuddart
Address/Location: Church Road, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15
Contact Details: 01 8204033

Barnardos Child and Family Service in Mulhuddart provides a combination of Family Support and Initial Child Protection Assessment work on behalf of our funders Tusla.

Project Workers undertake Initial Family Assessments in partnership with Tusla using the Signs of Safety Approach. Signs of Safety is the national child centred approach adopted by Tusla for child protection and welfare practice. Barnardos’ assessments are aligned with the Signs of Safety model, which is grounded in partnership and collaboration with children, families and their wider networks of support.

Project workers offer a variety of family support interventions often in response to the Initial Assessment work, as well as receiving referrals from Tusla, schools, Health Care Professionals, community organisations and self-referrals. These interventions include,

  • Partnership with Parents, an intensive, home based one-to-one parenting support programme for parents with multiple and complex needs. The programme focuses on parenting skills and child/parent relationships in order make positive changes in the home.
  • Individual Work, which is an evidence-based, tailored intervention working with children in conjunction with the important people in their lives. This work has a therapeutic focus and is based on the individual child's assessed needs. Its purpose is to build resilience and help children to understand and express their feelings and manage their own behaviour.
  • Using evidenced based group work programmes with parents and children.
  • Inter-agency and collaborative working, with Tusla, including participation in the delivery of Meitheal, schools and community organisations.

A full clean driving licence is essential for this role.

Job purpose

As part of the national service, delivery framework the primary purpose of this post is to conduct Initial Assessments on low –medium risk referrals received from Tusla social work department using the Signs of Safety approach to child protection and welfare concerns.

The post holder, as part of the family support team will also develop and implement programmes that respond to the needs of children and families referred to the service working in partnership with families and other organisations, community and voluntary bodies.

Personal attributes

  • Commitment to the delivery of quality services to children, young people, families and carers.
  • 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 partnership with families and carers.
  • Experience of assessing children’s and families’ needs.
  • Experience of planning, implementing and reviewing programmes with children and/or families.
  • Experience of interagency working.
  • Experience of preparing comprehensive needs led reports on children and families


  • A recognised third level practice qualification (minimum Level 7 on the NFQ, Course content should include relevant student placements) in one of the following:
    • Social Care
    • Social Work
    • Youth Work
    • Or related discipline (Nursing, Psychology, Early Years Education).

A full driving licence and access to the use of a suitably insured car is essential.

The postholder is initially assigned to work in the Mulhuddart service but may be required in the future to work in other project(s) in the Dublin area in line with organisational needs.

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Closing date: 12pm Tuesday 26th October 2021
Interview date: Monday 1st November 2021

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
13th Oct, 2021
Mulhuddart, Dublin 15
Expiry Date
26th Oct, 2021