Fostering First Ireland: Home Based Link Social Worker (Full-Time or Part-Time)

Fostering First Ireland

Fostering First Ireland are recruiting the following position:

Link Social Worker – Full Time (Permanent) Home based
Or Job-Sharing (Part Time) option available if preferable

Flexible working, salary commensurate with experience, private health insurance, private pension contribution, generous Annual Leave entitlement.

You are required to live in the following geographical area to allow easy access to the case load:
East County Limerick / South County Tipperary / North County Cork

Fostering First Ireland is a leading national independent fostering agency that is part of the international Key Assets Group. The role offers the opportunity to work within a global company providing high quality and safe services in an environment that supports continuous improvement, learning and innovation.

We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic, self-motivated Link Social Worker who can both work independently and collaboratively within an organisation committed to best practice. If you want to be part of a global organisation that is making a difference and changing lives, FFI may be the place for you.


  • You will be responsible for working directly with foster carers, supporting them and supervising their practice whilst providing individual help and advice.
  • To facilitate monthly carer groups as well as the delivery of core training modules
  • To monitor and review carer competence ensuring the provision of quality foster placements to meet the needs of children and young people
  • To work collaboratively with the placements team and assisting in the identification and matching of a suitable placement

Personal Attributes & Requirements

  • You will be a self-starter, comfortable with taking initiative and a creative problem solver
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Ability to work on own initiative and in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team
  • Committed to best practice and be innovative and open to change
  • You must have a full, clean driving licence.
  • You must have good organisational, IT and paperwork management skills.
  • Your case load will cover the Roscommon, Longford, South Cavan areas and can be subject to change, within that area, as agency needs arise.
  • You are required to live in the geographical area to ensure greatest availability to the foster carers in the surrounding counties.
  • This role may involve occasional overnight stays away from home and also involves extensive local travel.


  • A minimum of 2 years post qualification experience
  • Experience of working in fostering desirable but not essential


  • You must have a recognised social work qualification (NQSW or equivalent) and have current CORU registration.

Fostering First Ireland offers the following benefits to its employees:

  • Fulfilling and Challenging work
  • Sick Pay Scheme
  • Minimum 25 days Annual Leave rising to 30 days
  • Defined Contribution Pension Scheme (after 6 months)
  • Death In Service (from commencement of employment)
  • Line Management Supervision
  • Learning and Development Programme
  • Group Health Insurance Scheme (after 1 year)
  • Paid Family Leave (Maternity, Paternity, Adoptive, Force Majeure and Compassionate Leave)

For further information on Fostering First Ireland please visit or for an informal discussion please contact Elaine O’Byrne on 087 3963389 or

Please see our full Job Description and Person Specification attached.
To be considered for this role, you must complete our application form in full.

Closing date for receipt of applications is the 16th of October 2022 .

Please email completed application forms along with your CV to

Please note shortlisting of applicants will apply.

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
21st Sep, 2022
Expiry Date
16th Oct, 2022