Professionally Qualified Social Workers Children’s Disability Network Team – CDNT5 - SC101

Applications are invited for the above full-time and temporary positions. Part time options may be considered.

The Organisation:

Stewarts Care is the lead agency for two interdisciplinary CDNT teams (CDNT-5 and 6) in line with Progressing Children’s Disability Services. These positions are based in CDNT5, Rossecourt.

Purpose of the post:

The Social worker will work as a member of the interdisciplinary team in collaboration with MDT colleagues providing services to children from 0-18 years and families who are accessing the Children's Disability Network Team.

The social work role will involve group work, safeguarding and advocacy on behalf of families with support from a senior social worker.

The social worker will be involved in key areas of service development, reporting to the CDNT manager. Professional clinical supervision will be provided.

The ability to manage and prioritize a busy caseload, and work in an inter-disciplinary way using a family centred practice approach are also keys requirements of the role.

It is an opportunity for the right candidate to develop their skills and be a positive influence on shaping services within the CDNT.

Continuous Professional Development opportunities will be provided.

Candidates must meet the following criteria relevant to the role:


  • Social Work Degree or equivalent

  • CORU Registered


  • Experience of working with families & children

  • Experience of working in Disability, Child Safeguarding, Group work

Informal enquires are welcomed, please contact: Mary Feely, Children’s Disability Network Manager Tel 01 4647740 / 0870575267 or

Salary and qualifications are in accordance with Department of Health consolidated pay scales. Social Worker Scale: €46,523 - €67,336 incl LSI per annum.

Campaign Ref: SC101

Applications should apply through our Careers Portal by clicking here

Closing date: 30th October 2023

All queries in relation to this post should be emailed to

Please include a CV and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the essential criteria.

Applications will be short-listed based on the information supplied.

A panel may be formed, from which future permanent and temporary positions may be filled.

Stewarts Care is an Equal Opportunities Employer

Job Description

Professionally Qualified Social Worker Children’s Disability Network Team 5


Professionally Qualified Social Worker

Job Title and Grade

Professionally Qualified Social Worker Children’s Disability Network Team 5

Location of Post

This post will be based in CDNT 5 Rossecourt

Hours of Work

35 hours per week

Job Purpose

The post holder will be responsible for the provision of a quality evidence based Social Work service including assessment of family needs, and a range of advisory, practical and skilled emotional supports to children and young people 0 to 18 years and their families accessing the Children’s Disability Network Team. The service is provided within the Progressing Disabilities Services for Children and young people (PDS) framework, with interdisciplinary team working and family centred practice at its core.

The duties of this post will include direct intervention with children and families and having a social work role in particular team projects or developments as directed by the CDNT Manager.

Reporting Relationship

The Social Worker will report to the Children’s Disability Network Manager and clinical and professional supervision will be provided.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Planning and Organising of Activities and Resources

  • Plans and organises activities and necessary resources efficiently and effectively.

  • Understands the importance of time management for themselves and in particular how this translates to organising their assigned caseload.

  • Demonstrates the ability to prioritise and arrange their caseload and workload accordingly.

  • Deals with unexpected scenarios under supervision with persistence and flexibility to ensure the achievement of goals.

  • Maintains a disciplined and professional level of performance under sustained or situational pressure with support from Senior Social worker and CDNM.

  • Incorporate Social Work values and ethical principles in planning, developing, implementing and reviewing interventions.

Professional Development and Standards in the Service

  • To provide a range of Social Work assessments and interventions to children, young people and their families accessing the service.

  • To conduct social work assessments.

  • To provide ongoing social work support to designated families on an individual and group basis

  • To liaise with HSE in the co-ordination of respite and home support services.

  • To attend relevant Tusla child protection case conferences.

  • To provide training to family members and young people as determined by the teams in conjunction with the CDNM and other team members e.g. Early Bird, Parents Plus, and Sibshops.

  • To provide training to external agencies as required in agreement with the CDNM.

  • To promote and deliver services within the ethos and philosophy of Stewart Care.

  • To monitor and keep up-to-date with developments in Social Work including attending training courses and participating in evaluation of the Service and research initiatives.

  • To be involved in relevant Social work aspects of policy development within the CDNT.

  • Is adequately aware of all Stewarts Care and Progressing Disability Policies and standards, legislative and professional requirements to ensure appropriate standards in their area of responsibility.

  • Ensures that all records and technical data are up to date and available if required.

  • Engage in reflective practice.

Integrity & Decision Making

  • Holds an appropriate and effective set of professional values and beliefs and behaves in line with professional standards as set down by CORU, Stewarts Care, PDS and relevant professional bodies.

  • Makes decisions in a well-judged and timely manner, bringing all relevant information to bear.

  • Uses logical analysis to break complex problems into their component parts.

Service Delivery & Initiative

  • Collaborate with the child / young person while working in partnership with their parent/family/carer and all other relevant stakeholders to identify and achieve goals through the Individual Family Support Plan meetings.

  • Provide supportive counselling, emotional and practical support, and information to service users and their families.

  • Takes initiatives to move the service forward and shows a willingness to try out new ideas under supervision that add service delivery value.

  • Is committed to achieving evidence-based goals and the continuous improvement of the service.

  • Shows enthusiasm and a high level of motivation in completing projects.

Team Working

  • To work in collaboration with the other members of the interdisciplinary team in the planning and delivery of services for children and young people, in particular in the development of child and family centred planning.

  • Attend and actively contribute to relevant clinical and professional and team meetings.

  • Participate in training and developmental opportunities as identified and agreed.

  • Forms strong positive working relationships across all areas of the service and with all stakeholders.

The above Job Description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office.

Eligibility Criteria Qualifications and/or experience

Must be registered with and maintain registration on the Social Work Register maintained by the Social Work Registration Board at Coru.

Other requirements desirable for the pos

  • Experience of working with Children & families.

  • Experience of working disability services.

  • Safeguarding experience.

  • Full Driving Licence

Skills, competencies and/or knowledge

  • Demonstrate sufficient clinical and professional knowledge to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the role.

  • Demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge to best practice.

  • Demonstrate the capacity to plan and deliver supports in an effective and resourceful manner within a model of person & family centred care.

  • Demonstrate the ability to manage and develop self in a busy working environment including the ability to prioritise a caseload.

  • Display effective interpersonal and communication (verbal and written) skills including skills in mediation, conciliation and advocacy and the ability to collaborate with colleagues, families, etc.

  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate information and make effective decisions.

  • Demonstrate a commitment to assuring high standards and strive for a child and family centred service.

  • Demonstrate initiative and innovation in identifying areas for service improvement.

  • Demonstrates the ability to empathise with and treat others with dignity and respect.

  • Demonstrate effective teamwork skills.

  • Demonstrate flexibility and openness to change.

  • Demonstrate ability to utilise supervision effectively.

  • Demonstrate a willingness to develop IT skills relevant to the role.

  • Demonstrate commitment to continuing professional development.


Applicants may be short-listed for interview based on information supplied in the application form at the closing date or in other specified assessment documentation.

  • Criteria for short listing are based on the requirements of the post as outlined in the post specific requirements, duties, skills, competencies and/ or knowledge section of this job specification and the information supplied

Terms and Conditions of Employment


Remuneration is in accordance with the Department of Health consolidated pay scales. Current Salary Scale: Social

Worker Salary and increments are in accordance with Department of Health consolidated pay scales Inc €46,523 - €67,336 LSI per annum.

Annual leave

27 Days per annum

Working week

The hours allocated to this post are 35 hours per week with a 7-hour standard working day, exclusive of lunch breaks.

The allocation of these hours will be at the discretion of CDNM and in accordance with the needs of the service.


All employees will be subject to a probationary period of 6 months, with an extension if required to 9 months. This probationary period applies to all employees irrespective of their role or type of role.

Garda Vetting

Stewarts Care will carry out Garda vetting on all new employees. An employee will not take up employment with the organisation until the Garda Vetting process has been completed and the organisation is satisfied that such an appointment does not pose a risk to the Service Users and employees.


Stewarts Care will seek up to two written references from current and previous employers, educational institutions or any other organisation with which the candidate has been associated. Stewarts Care reserves the right to determine the merit, appropriateness and relevance of such references and referees.

This job description is a guide to the general range of duties assigned to the post holder. It is intended to be neither definitive nor restrictive and is subject to periodic review with the employee concerned. Stewarts Care is a lead agency for CDNT 5 & 6 and as such the post holder may be required to work within another area of CDNT in exceptional circumstances to meet service needs as directed by The Director of Clinical Services.