Gheel Autism Services: Autism Practitioner / Social Care Worker (Part-Time) – Residential Roster

Gheel Autism Services

In Gheel, we focus on supporting individuals with autism through their life journey and enabling them to have fulfilling life experiences, while having autonomy and control over their choices and decisions. Gheel Autism Services provides a wide range of services for adults with autism including day and vocational opportunities, outreach support and a variety of supported living options. Across our services we consider how each person thinks, learns, and processes information to develop a personalised plan of support. Considering individuals strengths and motivations, we enable people to obtain outcomes which are meaningful to them. Our committed practitioners receive regular training, and they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to enable each individual to have positive and meaningful life experiences. All staff are involved in changing the culture of supporting people into a more inclusive, independence focused style of support – where people are encouraged to be partners in, not recipients of their service delivery.

Benefits Include:

  • Access to Health Insurance
  • Access to Educational Support Scheme
  • Company Pension with company contribution (including income protection and death-in-service benefits)
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Paid Maternity and Paternity Leave
  • Up to 27 days of annual leave
  • Bike to Work Scheme
  • Training and Development (CPD)
  • Option to join the Health Service Credit Union

Due to the on-going expansion of our service, we currently have the following vacancy to provide respite.

Residential Vacancy

Autism Practitioner / Social Care Worker – Residential Roster – Permanent, Part-time 0.41 WTE, Dublin 6

This vacancy will consist of one 24-hour shift every Friday to provide a respite service for an individual we support through Day Services. However, flexibility will be required if the needs of the service user change. The shift will start in Milltown every Friday @16:00pm and will finish the following day @16:00pm in Milltown. The respite will take place in Kilshanroe in North Kildare. A Gheel vehicle will be used when travelling to and from Kilshanroe.

The successful candidates for this position will act as a strong role model, demonstrate a commitment to developing a person-centred culture and provide the people we support with emotional support while contributing positively to their health and wellbeing.

Gheel Autism Services provides supported living services across Dublin and North Kildare. With this type of support the emphasis is on the development of skills for independent living, recognising individual goals and aspirations and enabling people to be active participants in their local community. The support is provided in line with the individual needs and choices of the person, based on assessment of social, personal and healthcare needs. Staff have the opportunity to work on skill development in context, building capacity for interdependence in community and social networks. In addition, we enable adults to develop essential everyday skills such as: money management, self-care, laundry, general housekeeping and cooking skills.

A full, clean driving licence is required for this position.

Essential Qualifications for Autism Practitioner/Social Care Worker posts:

A summary of the requirements for this post is as follows:

Essential Qualifications for this post:

  • Level 7 award in Social Care/Studies delivered by an Institute of Technology, DIT or National University of Ireland
  • A relevant qualification received outside the State recognised by NARIC as equivalent to the Irish Level 7 award.
  • Relevant third level qualification at degree level i.e. social work, psychology, and/or allied health.
  • Post-graduate qualification in Autism Studies

Salary Scale: Successful candidates will be paid in line with 2016 HSE revised consolidated Social Care Worker pay scale point 1; €30,293 – point 12; € 44,306 per annum based on working a 39-hour week.

Essential Experience for Autism Practitioner/Social Care Workers:

  • At least one-year recent experience in the social care/disability sector
  • Experience of dealing with safeguarding and welfare responsibilities and responding appropriately to any concerns.
  • Experience in the management of challenging behaviour
  • Ability to promote independence.
  • Commitment to the values of Gheel and the philosophy of independent living.
  • An understanding of the social model of disability.
  • Be a mindful reflective professional.
  • Experience of supporting individuals with a diagnosis of ASD.
  • Demonstrated experience to meet tight deadlines.

To apply for this position please send your C.V to In the subject line please state, ‘Respite vacancy’. Applicants will be shortlisted for interview based on the evidence outlined in their C.V. The closing date for receipt of all completed applications is 21st of January @ 5pm. Late applications will not be accepted.

Garda vetting is a requirement of the recruitment process.

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
8th Jan, 2021
Dublin 6
Expiry Date
21st Jan, 2021