Crosscare: Family Support Worker - Garda Youth Diversion Projects


Position Title: Family Support Worker

Programme: Garda Youth Diversion Projects – Dunlaoghaire Rathdown

Location: Dublin South

Work Schedule: Full time, 37.5 hrs p.w.

Contract Type: Permanent

Salary: D scale 31,375 to 38,250 depending on experience

Role Purpose: To work intensively with a caseload of families who have family members engaging with GYDP’s in the wider Sandyford, Ballyogan and Loughlinstown areas of the Dublin South area.

Reports to: Youth Service Manager

The Role:


  • Engage with approximately 5 families per GYDP depending on the level of need and intensity of intervention required.
  • Liaise with relevant stakeholders who will identify particular families who will benefit most from the support of a Family Support Worker.
  • Carry out needs-based interventions which promote pro-social behavior and support the parents and young people involved to make positive life choices.
  • Roll out evidence based parenting programmes relevant to the needs of families, e.g. Parents Plus; Strengthening Families; etc.
  • Deliver issue-based group and support sessions.
  • Carry out home visits.
  • Family Support Worker and Youth Justice Workers to meet regularly to discuss issues arising and explore or be familiarized with the responses/wrap around services being delivered to all family members.
  • In consultation with line manager, manage caseload according to intensity of case and geographical location.
  • Assessment and development of case plan with the family in relation to the level and nature of support required.
  • Producing bi monthly reports on project activity.
  • Attending regular supervision/meetings with line manager.
  • Sourcing and/or provision of courses and individual work to parents to develop their parenting and personal skills.
  • Reporting child safeguarding concerns in line with Crosscare’s Child Safeguarding Policy.
  • Ensure compliance with the provisions of the Health & Safety and Welfare at Work Act (1989) and other relevant legislation.
  • Any other duties as directed by the line management.
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times in line with policy.

The Holder:
(Qualification/Skills Requirements)

  • A recognised relevant third level qualification in Youth Work or equivalent with a minimum of 3 years experience.
  • A proven record of working with young people and their families.
  • An understanding/knowledge of GYDP’s and how they work.
  • Some experience in training and/or facilitation is desirable.
  • A working knowledge of computers.
  • The ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team.
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills are essential for this post
  • A full driver’s license and access to own car is essential.

Please send up to date C.V. to outlining position applying for and experience for this role.
Closing date is Friday, 10th Dec 21.

Crosscare is an equal opportunities employer.


General Info

Date Entered/Updated
23rd Nov, 2021
Dublin South
Expiry Date
10th Dec, 2021