Crosscare: Early Intervention – Youth Justice Worker

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Position Title: Early Intervention – Youth Justice Worker

Nature & Scope:

Crosscare, the Social Support Agency of the Dublin Archdiocese, has a number of full-time posts for Early Intervention Workers in our Youth Diversion Projects across the Dublin area.

The position of Early Intervention Worker is funded by the European Social Fund (2014-2020) and the Irish Youth Justice Service, Department of Justice and Equality. The Youth Diversion Projects are supported by the Irish Youth Justice Service in conjunction with An Garda Síochána.

Location: North Dublin
Work Schedule: 37.5 hour week including evenings and occasional weekends, as required, to meet the needs of the service
Contract: Full-time permanent contract
Salary: DYS scale €31,375 +

Reporting to:

Early Intervention Workers employed by Crosscare will operate under the day-to-day supervision of the manager/team leader. All Crosscare staff are expected to work under Crosscare policies and guidelines. The staff member will also work to a Project Committee.


  • Engage individuals and groups aged 8 – 11 years in a range of activities and programmes with the aim of enhancing participants soft skill and prosocial behavioural development;
  • Link with community networks to identify, target and engage individuals and groups deemed at risk of engagement in antisocial or criminal activities or at risk of recruitment/grooming for local criminal networks;
  • Target and engage 8 – 11-year-old children who demonstrate socially harmful or ‘at risk’ behaviours within their community;
  • Support the participant target group to increase their positive attachment to community including to school, peers and prosocial leisure outlets;
  • Liaise with and maintain good communication channels with statutory and voluntary community groups and authorities who may refer suitable individuals for engagement in the project;
  • Support parents and guardians to increase protective factors within the home. Where appropriate link families into family supports services including into our Crosscare family support service;
  • Design, implement and evaluate age-appropriate programmes to engage the target group in outcome focused interventions;
  • Process referrals to the project through the Referral Committee;
  • Work in partnership with Gardaí, Tusla, schools and local agencies that participants may be linked with in developing appropriate responses to their needs;
  • Keep project records and provide updates and reports as requested including the drafting of the Annual Plan following a consultative process with the Gardaí;
  • Attend the Project Committee meetings, providing progress updates as required;
  • Provide youth work interventions in the catchment area in line with the Youth Diversion Project plan as approved by the Project Committee;
  • Take part in approved training for developing the Youth Diversion Project and carry out any other duties deemed necessary by Crosscare, IYJS, Gardaí or project committee for the development of the project and fulfilment of the annual plan.


  • The ideal candidate must have a third level qualification and experience in youth work working with high needs young people who can present with challenging behaviour. Candidates should also have experience working with 8- to 11-year-olds. In addition, they should possess strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team and on a one-to-one basis.
  • The candidate shall be required to work with young people and children who have come to the attention of the Gardaí, the community or local agencies as a result of their behaviour. The focus of this role is to provide effective practical and developmental supports early in young people’s lives so as to increase the longer-term prosocial outcomes for project participants.
  • The successful candidate will provide suitable youth work interventions to facilitate personal development, promote pro social behaviour, and improve long-term prosocial outcomes. They will also demonstrate an understanding and awareness of trauma informed practice.
  • Full clean driving license and own transport is essential.
  • A D1 Mini bus license would be an advantage also.


  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous annual leave
  • Additional leave for long service
  • Training and Development Programmes
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Digital Doctor Service
  • Competitive pension plan
  • Bike to Work Scheme

In Crosscare, we approach our work with an attitude of service, showing love, care and kindness in all interactions with others. We treat people with a level of respect they will remember long after our service and support have been received. We strive for excellence in everything we do. Our clients, young people and service users deserve it.

Application Process: Please submit your CV and Cover Letter by following the application link below.
Early Intervention - YJW

Closing date for applications is 2nd Dec 2022 at 5pm

Crosscare is an equal opportunities employer
Garda Vetting will apply to this role

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
22nd Nov, 2022
North Dublin
Expiry Date
2nd Dec, 2022