Barnardos: Project Workers x 2 - Dublin


Ireland’s leading children’s charity is recruiting:

Project Workers x 2, Dublin

Location: Post 1: 30 MacUlliam Crescent, Tallaght, Dublin 24 Post 2: Barnardos Family Support, Samuel Beckett Campus, Ballyogan Road, Dublin 18
Contract: Post 1: Part-time (30 Hours per week) and Specific Purpose for approx. 12 months. Post 2: Part Time (27 hours per week) and Fixed Term Contract to approx..August 2022
Salary: Post 1 €25,525 - €39,453. Post 2 €22,972 - €35,508

Do you want to help improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families in a trauma informed team environment?

Do you want to be supported with professional development to deepen your practice and be trauma informed in your approach to this important work?

Have you heard of the work Barnardos does?

Name and locations of Family Support Projects:

  • Lorien Family Support, 30 MacUlliam Crescent, Tallaght, Dublin 24.
  • Barnardos Family Support, Ballyogan, Samuel Beckett Campus, Ballyogan Road, Dublin 18.

What does our Lorien and Ballyogan Projects do?

These Family Support projects were set up in response to Barnardos’ observation of the unmet needs of children living with parents who were misusing drugs in the Dublin South area.

The Lorien project commenced as a pilot in 1997, funded by the Tallaght Drugs and Alcohol Task Force (TDATF) . The project was main-streamed by the South Western Area Health Board in 2000. Today, the Project continues to be funded by the HSE Addiction Services and the TDATF.

The Lorien and Ballyogan projects operate as a Family Support Service with a specific focus on parental drug and alcohol misuse. The core services offered include safety planning, individual work with parents, individual work with children, parent-child work, practical family support, interagency work, crisis intervention and targeted groups. These project provides intensive, targeted, evidence- based child and family support programmes for children aged 0-18 years and their parents or carers. The projects each work with up to 40 families from this target group at any one time.

How do we help children and families impacted by parental substance misuse?

These Barnardos projects in partnership with the task force aim to create positive and sustainable change in the lives of children affected by parental drug or alcohol misuse. We aim to break the cycle of intergenerational addiction by improving children’s emotional wellbeing; enhancing children’s capacity for learning and development; promoting resilience in children; building safety in the home and increasing children’s safety networks. At the heart of this approach is providing children and families with a number of protective factors, which may buffer some of the negative impacts associated with parental addiction.

These protective factors include:

  • improving parenting skills: supporting the parent to understand the impact of their addiction on their child, increasing their parenting capacity and their ability to understand their child’s needs
  • improving the child/parent relationship: including supporting co-regulation between child and parent
  • building safety in the home and increasing children’s safety network: increasing safety around the areas of risk with the development of safety plans and expanding the child’s safety network to include supportive safe adults in tune with the child’s needs
  • increasing the parent’s support network: expanding the people available in the parents support network to help them in challenging times
  • supporting parents to have stability in their drugs/alcohol misuse
  • supporting child and parent mental health and wellbeing: promoting health coping strategies, self-regulation and co-regulation.

Through the provision of these protective factors, it is hoped children will develop greater resilience in coping with adversity, which may help in breaking the intergenerational cycle of substance misuse.

In addition to their addiction issues, many of the families that our service comes into contact with present with multiple challenges including, but not limited to, low income; lack of access to education; mental health difficulties; domestic violence; housing difficulties; anti-social behaviour and engagement with the criminal justice system . These multiple adversities makes it difficult for families to function and meet their children’s needs.

The level of risk involved in many of the families requires a tight Active Case Management process and frequent submission of Child Protection and Welfare Report Form to the Child and Family Agency as well as playing a key role in effective interagency working.

Where do our referrals come from?

Referrals for the project come from self-referrals from parents themselves, TUSLA (both Social Work teams and Partnership, Prevention and Family Support teams), adult addiction services (both community and statutory), schools, Public Health Nurses and Hospitals . All families referred to the service are either level 3 or level 4 on the Hardiker scale.

What key interventions do we offer?

  • Assessment of the needs of the child and family
  • Partnership with Parents (in home parenting support program)
  • Practical Support
  • Individual work with parents
  • Crisis Management
  • Interagency work
  • Parents’ Groups
  • Individual work with children (This is Me)
  • Friendship Group
  • Strengthening Families (delivered in partnership with other agencies) offered as required
  • Seasons for Growth
  • Just Right State Program
  • Non Violent Resistance (NVR) Program

What do you need to know?

Working with this high level of need can be challenging and requires project workers to engage in regular support and supervision (both formal and informal), team reflections and wider organizational supports that are available.

The suitable candidate must have an understanding of addiction through a trauma informed lens and how parental addiction can impact the individual, their children and overall family functioning.

Job purpose

The projects work with families with alcohol addiction as well as illicit drug addiction.

The suitable candidate will develop and implement programmes that respond to the needs of children and families referred to the service working in partnership with families and other organisational, 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 planning, implementing and reviewing effective programmes with children and/or families.
  • Experience of working with hard to reach children and families is highly desirable.


A recognised third level practice qualification (minimum Level 7 QQI) in one of the following:

  • Early Childhood Care and Education
    Social Care
  • Education
  • Social Work
  • Youth Work
  • Or related discipline (Nursing, Psychology, Early Years Education).

Full driving licence and access to the use of a suitably insured vehicle is essential.

The postholder is initially assigned to work in the Ballyogan / Dún Laoghaire or Lorien Family Support service as applicable 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: 5pm on Friday 21st January 2022
Interview date: Week of 31st January 2022

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
12th Jan, 2022
Dublin 24 & Dublin 18
Expiry Date
21st Jan, 2022