International Accreditation for Employment Supports and Job Development Services

24 August 2023

We are delighted to announce that Stewarts Care has been awarded a three-year international accreditation for excellence in its employment supports and job development services for people with intellectual disabilities.

Awarded by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International, an independent, non-profit accreditor of health and human services, this award represents the highest level of accreditation that can be given to an organisation and shows Stewarts Care’s substantial accountability and conformance to internationally accepted standards that promote excellence.

The Job Advocacy Support Service (JASS) currently supports over 60 individuals to access employment and work experience, enabling them to become active members of the workforce, become financially and socially active in their communities and develop valued social roles. In addition, Stewarts Care provides a pre-employment ‘Employability Skills Programme’ to prepare individuals for the world of work by developing basic and transferrable employability skills.

“Stewarts Care seeks to innovate and create a world of choice for the people we support, and we are proud to say that our employment and job development services are recognised as being of the highest possible quality internationally.

This CARF accreditation is a significant step towards the ambitious targets we set ourselves in Our Shared Ambition: Stewarts Care Strategy 2022-2026. We are committed to developing governance and organisation structures that are fit for purpose and enable Stewarts Care to be a high performing, responsive and agile organisation that provides the right service, for the right person at the right time.

I would like to thank my colleagues in Stewarts Care and all the people we support for their contribution to this success. The CARF accreditation is recognition of their ongoing hard work, dedication and commitment to quality improvement and constant focus on delivering the best quality service for the people we support.”

Brendan O’Connor, Chief Executive, Stewarts Care.

Stephen Bramble, an employee in Starbucks, Lucan and a JASS programme participant encourages everyone interested in gaining employment to get involved in the JASS programme, adding

“The programme is great, the JASS staff helped me with my job, I am there nearly 18 years now. I would say, go ahead, join the JASS programme.”

Organisations seeking to engage with Stewarts Care and JASS are encouraged to email to learn more about the benefits of a diverse workforce and the supports available to employers.

For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at