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Residential Social Care Workers

Oberstown Children Detention CampusOberstown, Dublin€28,844 - €59,180 per yearFull-timePermanent

The Oberstown Children Detention Campus intend to hold a competition for the purpose of recommending persons for appointment and to form a panel for the position of:





CLOSING DATE: Wednesday 3rd July 2019 @ 3:00pm

Late applications for the position will not be accepted

Job Title and Grade: Residential Social Care Worker
Competition Reference: RSCW 2019/C21
Closing Date: Wednesday 3rd July 2019 @ 3:00pm
Location of Post: Oberstown, Lusk, Co Dublin

The person appointed will be employed by the Board of Management of the Oberstown Children Detention Campus.

The Role of the Residential Social Care Worker
The Residential Social Care Worker’s primary purpose is to work directly with the young people on campus and their families, as well as internal and external professionals and agencies, in the provision of services to support the care and development of the young person and their re-integration into the community.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities
 To be directly involved in frontline care of children and young people, including those with behavioural difficulties, in a secure care setting
 To carryout duties in line with the Oberstown Children Detention Campus policies and procedures, in particular the Safeguarding and Children First policies
 Develop and maintain professional working relationships with colleagues, children and young people, and their families
 Work in partnership with colleagues and other professionals to meet the social, emotional, educational, health and mental health needs of the children and young people
 Develop, design and implement care placement programmes by:
- Acting as a key worker to specific children and young people;
- Completing and maintaining administrative records relating to children and young people including preparing reports
- Promoting positive outcomes for children and young people in areas of staying safe, being healthy, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution to their own wellbeing
- Providing a positive role model for the children and young people
- Working in accordance with the Standards and Criteria for Children Detention Schools 2008, relevant legislation and co-operate with any inspection process
 Working in accordance with all campus wide policies and procedures, such as care, HR, health and safety, operating, etc.
 Other duties commensurate with the level of responsibility that may be assigned from time to time.

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
Each candidate for the post must have:

 A qualification at degree level on the National Framework of Qualifications in social care, social work, youth work, teaching, nursing, psychology (or other relevant discipline).
 A minimum of 3 years’ experience in working directly with young people and / or vulnerable adults who present with challenging behaviour;
 Must possess appropriate ICT Skills, e.g. proficiency in Word, Excel, e-mail etc.
 Evidence of ability to comply, including registration, with all relevant bodies regulating health and social care professionals, as in force at the closing date for applications or introduced at a later date (e.g. under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005);
 A knowledge and understanding of relevant legislation and policy in relation to the detention and care of young people.

Skills and Personal Attributes
Candidates should possess the following skills and attributes:
 The ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
 A problem solving approach and attitude;
 The ability to respond rapidly to situations;
 Reliability and trustworthiness;
 Empathy, compassion and maturity;
 A flexible, creative and solution focused approach to working with young people;
 A positive and optimistic attitude to working with young people at risk who present with challenging behaviours;
 A commitment to continuous professional development.

Driving Licence
Successful candidates will be required to hold a current full clean manual Driving Licence – Category B, prior to commencement of employment.

A candidate must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the position and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service, which will include sporting and leisure activities as well as an ability to be fully involved in physical restraints where necessary (training will be provided).

Each candidate must be of good character.

Candidates should be aware that a maximum recruitment age will apply to this competition. Candidates must not yet be 67 years of age on the closing date and time for the competition.

Candidates must have a good command of the English language

Self-Assessment Questionnaire for RSCW candidates
Could you do the following?

 Work in a role with extraordinary variety.
 Act with discretion and treat information in a confidential manner.
 Develop a range of new skills that you can apply in your role.
 Understand the relevant legislation and apply it in your role.
 Perform CPR, having received the appropriate training, on a critically injured person.
 Maintain a good level of physical fitness.
 Understand that in the role you will have to deal with negativity but need to maintain a positive perspective.
 Undergo training in behaviour management and be involved with colleagues as part of a trained team in a physical restraint.
 Build close working relationships with your colleagues.
 Maintain your composure, even when severely provoked.
 Work when rostered on duty on weekends and public holidays, including Christmas and Easter.
 Perform escort duties to and from court which may involve the use of handcuffs – training to be provided.
 Build productive professional relationships with children and young people who have been in difficulty with the law.
 Be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the position.
 Take part in sporting and leisure activities with young people.

Terms and Conditions of Employment

Appointment is as an employee of the Board of Management of the Oberstown Campus. The appointment is to a whole-time permanent position.

Successful candidates shall serve a minimum period of 12 months on probation (see below). The employee may not engage in private practice or be connected with any outside business which would interfere with the performance of official duties or conflict in any way with the position.

The salary for this post ranges from €28,844 - €59,180 per annum. Allowances specific to this post are payable. These include Secure Unit Allowance and allowances for working unsocial hours. The rates of remuneration and allowances may be adjusted from time to time in line with Government pay policy.

Working Week
Hours of attendance will be fixed from time to time but will amount to not less than an average of 39 hours gross per week. Successful candidates will be required to work on a roster, including Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, and such additional hours from time to time as may be reasonable and necessary for the proper performance of his/her duties subject to the limits set down in the working time regulations.

Annual Leave
The annual leave allowance for this position is 22 days per annum.

With effect from 1 January 2013 all new recruits to the Public Service will be members of the Single Public Service Pension Scheme (“Single Scheme”), as provided for in the Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme and Other Provisions) Act 2012.

Successful candidates shall serve a minimum period of 12 months on probation. Should the RSCW services be satisfactory as regards health, conduct and efficiency generally during the probationary period, the officer will be finally appointed, on completion of the period. Should the RSCW services be unsatisfactory, the appointment may be terminated at any time during the probationary period. All employees will comply with supervision and any Performance Management Development system in place.

Find the full job information booklet and instructions on how to apply HERE.

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