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Link Social Worker – Kildare Area.

Fostering First Ireland (FFI) is a leading independent fostering agency working in partnership with the Child and Family Agency (Tusla) in Ireland. Since being founded in May 2005, we have developed a reputation for providing fully compliant, carefully matched and well supported foster placements. This means that, with the support of our fully qualified and experienced staff, our foster carers can meet the needs of the children and young people in their care.

If you want to be part of a global company that is making a difference and changing lives, FFI may be the place for you.

We wish to make the following appointment:

Home based Link Social Worker in the Kildare area

(The successful applicant will live in this area)

**Salary commensurate with experience**

  • You will be responsible for working directly with foster carers, supporting them and supervising their practice whilst providing individual help and advice.
  • You will be a self-starter, comfortable with taking initiative, a creative problem solver and you will share your experience with a multi-disciplinary team of committed staff.
  • You must have a recognised social work qualification (NQSW or equivalent) and current CORU registration.
  • This post may involve occasional overnight stays away from home and also involves extensive local travel.
  • You must have a secure confidential space for work and storage at home and live in an area where internet connection is possible and fully functional.
  • You must have good organisational, IT and paperwork management skills.
  • You should have a full, clean driving licence.

For full job description please click here and for a copy of our application form, please click here.

For further information or for an informal discussion please contact Mary Adams, Team Manager at 087 6941958.

Closing date for receipt of applications is the 12th January 2018 at 6pm.

Please email completed application forms to


 **Please note, interviews will take place the week of the 22nd January 2018**


Sessional Support Workers

We work in partnership with Tusla to provide children and young people with a positive foster care experience.

FFI regularly recruit suitably experienced and qualified Social Care Workers to work with us on an ongoing basis in the South and the Midlands including the counties of Cork; Tipperary; Kilkenny; Kildare; Carlow; Laois; Wicklow; and Westmeath.

Sessional Support Workers undertake direct work with the children and young people placed with our foster carers. The work is varied and includes providing transport, planning and supporting activities, supervising family access and carrying out individual and group work.

We offer competitive hourly rates, mileage allowance and comprehensive support.

Applicants will need to have:

  • A recognised third level qualification (minimum Level 7) in Social Care, Youth Work or equivalent.
  • Experience of working directly with children/young people in the care system or other relevant field.
  • Be prepared to work flexible hours – including weekends.
  • The ability to build positive relationships with children and young people.
  • The ability to work on your own initiative.
  • Excellent report writing skills.
  • A full, clean driving licence and use of a comprehensively insured vehicle. You will also need to provide Fostering First Ireland with a Letter of Indemnity from your motor insurance company.

Please Note – these positions are on a sessional contractual basis with irregular frequency.

If you meet the criteria outlined above and are interested in applying please forward your CV, along with a cover letter outlining your suitability for the post to Aideen O’Brien, Children’s Officer – Please outline your availability to carry out sessional work in your cover letter.


If you have any queries about the role please contact Aideen as detailed above.


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