Social Worker

Location Galway City, Connaught
Job-type Temporary
Salary €42157 - €61288 per annum
Reference J343596
Date Published about 2 months ago

Locum Social Worker position available

Locum Social Worker - Galway

ASAP start, 74 hours a fortnight, 9-month contract initially (scope for possible extension)


At TTM Healthcare we are proud to have partnered with Home Share Galway, a support service developed jointly by the Brothers of Charity Services Ireland - West Region and Ability West, providing much needed short breaks to adults and children with intellectual disabilities throughout Galway city and county. Both organisations also independently provide supports and services to people with an Intellectual Disability and their families.

Brothers of Charity Services Ireland - West region - have an available opportunity for a Social Worker with excellent experience, skills and knowledge, who displays and delivers their passion for working in Social Work environments.

The aim of Home Sharing for people with an intellectual disability is to have opportunities for self-expression in all aspects of their lives. Home Share Galway strives to empower people with an intellectual disability to have dignifying relationships and to be included meaningfully in the life of their communities.

If you think the position is right for you, let's talk.


• The Social Worker will be involved in all aspects of the recruitment, training, assessments, support and supervision of Home Sharing and Contract/Shared living families.
• The successful candidate will work with all members of the Family Support/Home Share Galway Teams to ensure safe, quality and personalised home from home placements.
• Be involved in all aspects of the recruitment, training, assessment, support and supervision of Home Sharing families in line with the HSE National Guidelines for Home Sharing in Ireland, 2016, H.S.E. Fostering Guidelines, and Brothers of Charity Ireland-West Region Policies.
• Ensure that the Home Sharing families understand, accept and operate within all relevant standards, policies and procedures of the commissioning organisation and that of the HSE and TUSLA.
• To be up to date with current Children First and Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults procedures and to address these issues in accordance with National Guidelines and Agency policies.
• Undertake regular reviews of host families and organise placement reviews and family support meetings.
• Ensure that Home Sharing families receive all relevant information and advice relating to people supported by the Services as appropriate.
• Meet with Home Sharing families on a regular basis and assess their homes in line with Health and Safety Guidelines and in line with the changing needs of their placement(s).
• Meet with the people supported Social Worker/Key Worker and visit the Home Sharing family's home together to make arrangements for any new placement, and draw up a Placement Care Plan Agreement.
• Maintain up to date records of all contacts and meetings with the Home Sharing families.
• Ensure that there are supports in place for Home Sharing families which should include supports from multi-disciplinary teams as required.
• Liaise with local Social Workers, service managers, respite managers etc. regarding the scheduling of placements and to ensure that all relevant parties are informed particularly if the person supported receives other forms of respite support.
• Assist the Home Sharing co-ordinator with the recording of placements provided for the purposes of Key Performance Indicators (KPI's).
• Liaise and Advocate with other Community, Voluntary and Statutory Agencies as required.
• Familiarise themselves with National and International practices in relation to developing Host Families placements.
• Work as a member of the joint Home Sharing Team (Brothers of Charity Services and Ability West) and contribute to the overall performance of the Team.
• Avail of clinical supervision as arranged by the Head of Social Work.
• Attend social work team meetings and other events and training opportunities organised by the Head of Social Work and the Family Support Manager.
• To facilitate and or co-facilitate groups where relevant with other team members e.g. communication groups and social groups and parent support groups.
• Be available to provide cover to the department as required.
• To be open to a blended working arrangement.
• There may be a requirement to carry out casework as directed by the Family Support Leader and Head of Social Work.
• Ensure the service is operating in line with the Health Information and Quality Authority Standards (HIQA).
• To be aware and co-operate with Health and Safety matters in the workplace and in particular to comply with Employees' obligations as set out under Section 9 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005.
• As the duties and responsibilities of any post in the Service are likely to change with the ongoing need of the people supported by the Services, i.e. age, level of disability, Personal Outcome Measures, etc., staff are expected to have a high level of flexibility, and a willingness and an ability to develop new approaches to their work as the needs of the people supported demand.


To be eligible for the role, you will need:

• A recognised qualification as a Social Worker.
• Full CORU Registration.
• Ability to adapt to changing work environment.
• Professional approach to work.
• Excellent communications skills with children and adults.
• A clean, Irish manual driving license and access to own car is essential.
• Candidates must have experience and adequate training to carry out satisfactorily the duties of the post.
• Experience in working with adults and children with intellectual disability is an advantage.
• Experience in assessing host families and delivering training to ensure high standards of host family placements is an advantage also.
• The Social Worker must demonstrate competency in applying theory, legislation, knowledge and skills in the area of intellectual disability. Candidates must also demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• It is critical that the selected candidate work effectively within a dynamic team environment using a person-centred philosophy. Candidates are expected to work within their professional code of ethics at all times.
• Staff should have a positive attitude towards working with persons with intellectual disability and help to ensure that they lead as normal and enjoyable a life as possible.
• Staff should treat each person with intellectual disability as an individual and at all times acknowledge and respect the rights and personal dignity of the person with intellectual disability.
• Staff are required to establish and maintain relationships with adults with disabilities that are based on respect and equality and that promote their independence.

You will enjoy the following benefits:
• Market leading rates of pay
• Opportunity to work in an award-winning agency 2002-2018
• Continued personal & professional development
• Access to our training department
• Exceptional trainings both internally and externally
• Flexible working hours
• Assistance and detailed review of CV content and format & interview technique if required
• Consultants with knowledge of employment procedures concerning agency workers and compliance to ensure you always receive the most up to date information

Location:Galway (Knocknacarra, Galway or Renmore)
Job-Type:Temporary, Full time and Pensionable linked on s epcific purpose basis to a permanent staff mamber's maternity leave.
Salary:€42,157- €61,288 per annum

TTM Healthcare is an Equal Opportunities Employer


Katelyn 065 686 9300 Ext 106.

TTM Healthcare is an Equal Opportunities Employer.