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Sonas Domestic Violence Charity

Sonas is the country’s largest provider of front-line support services to women and children experiencing domestic abuse. We work across the Greater Dublin Region in a multi-site capacity.

27th April 2017 – Women’s Support Worker

Job Title: Women’s Support Worker

Responsible To: Service Manager

Responsible For: 

  • Delivery of direct support services to women in Sonas Supported Housing, Visiting Support, Outreach, Safe Home and/or Refuge services.
  • Ensuring best practice in the delivery of services to women in Sonas.
  • Ensuring the needs of clients and their children are central to the work of the service.

Location: Wicklow mainly, and to a lesser extent Dublin

Terms & conditions: 

  • Salary scale starting at €33,367 to €36,103 per annum
  • 26 days annual leave

Main Duties

  • To ensure that the needs of clients are central to the work of the organisation.
  • To work to all Sonas Domestic Violence Charity services practices (quality standards), policies and procedures to ensure the delivery of quality, effective and safe services to clients.
  • To carry out needs assessments, risk assessments and develop safety plans/ support plans to address these needs through the use of relevant Sonas tools.
  • Ensure progression of clients’ support plan through case management approach.
  • To make referrals or support clients in making self-referrals as necessary.
  • To advocate for clients when appropriate and by agreement.
  • To provide support to clients around housing issues, if appropriate.
  • To team-work with the Children’s Support team and other team members to ensure that women and children are provided with an integrated domestic violence service.
  • To maintain all records and files according to the agreed standard and prepare reports as required.
  • To adhere to Sonas and Tusla policies on child protection.
  • To keep informed of developments in the area of domestic violence including new methods of work, changes in policy, legalisation, additional supports etc.
  • To liaise effectively with other statutory and voluntary bodies.

Requirements

  • Relevant degree, preferably Social Care or equivalent
  • Minimum of 2 years relevant experience to include a minimum of 1 year post qualification experience
  • Experience of keyworking vulnerable clients essential
  • A clear understanding of Domestic Violence, child protection and welfare issues, risk and safety issues.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong IT skills, comfortable using databases
  • Knowledgeable on legal, housing and social welfare issues (particularly in relation to family law and domestic violence orders)
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team  and on own initiative
  • Have a flexible approach to the work in response to organisational change, development and review of best practice
  • Committed to effective, professional practice
  • Full driving licence and access to a car

Desirable

  • Experience of working with women and children affected by Domestic Violence.
  • Experience of working with Salesforce

The above job description is a guide to the general range of duties and is neither definitive nor restrictive and will be subject to periodic review.

Application Form WSW Apr 2017

 


 Relief Children’s Support Worker

Job Title: Relief Children’s Support Worker

Responsible To: Team Leader

Responsible For:

  • Providing services to children in all Sonas services, on a one-to-one basis, in families and in a group setting.
  • Ensuring best practice in the delivery of services to children in the service.
  • Ensuring the needs of service users and their children are central to the work of the children’s service.

 Location: Various locations across Dublin region and Wicklow town

Terms & Conditions: 

  • HSE Social Care Payscale – Point 1 (€16.45 per hour)
  • Minimum of 60 hours per month

Main Duties

  • To ensure that the needs of clients are central to the work of the organisation.
  • To work to all Sonas Domestic Violence Charity services practices (quality standards), policies and procedures to ensure the delivery of quality, effective and safe services to clients.
  • To work as part of a mobile Children & Young People’s Support service, providing support services to children; one-to-one support, work with mother and child, work with families and structured activities with the children.
  • To carry out needs assessments, risk assessments and develop safety plans/ support plans to address these needs through the use of relevant Sonas tools.
  • To refer children to other services and accompany them, with their mothers, to such services as required.
  • To advocate for clients when appropriate and by agreement.
  • To team-work with the Women’s Support team and other team members to ensure that women and children are provided with an integrated domestic violence service.
  • To ensure best practice in the delivery of children’s services.
  • To work in consultation with mothers and provide them with support, including referral to other services, as required.
  • To provide a flexible childcare service to mothers to allow them to meet with support workers and other services.
  • To participate in the review and evaluation of the services for children in Sonas services.
  • To involve children in decision-making as appropriate to their age and understanding.
  • To assist in the management of the outdoor and indoor play facilities and ensure they are maintained to a high standard and adhere to health and safety policy.
  • To adhere to Sonas and Tusla policies on child protection.
  • To liaise with the Designated Liaison person in the implementation of Sonas and Tusla policies on child protection.
  • To keep informed of developments in the area of support work with children and child protection including new methods of work, changes in policy, legalisation, additional supports etc.
  • To keep informed of developments in the area of domestic violence including new methods of work, changes in policy, legalisation, additional supports etc.
  • To liaise effectively with statutory and voluntary agencies as part of the delivery of the Sonas service.
  • To ensure that the IT system is used for the accurate collection of service data.
  • To maintain all records and files according to the agreed standard.

Person Specification

 

Essential Requirements

  • Childcare specific degree.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience working directly with children in a social care setting to include a minimum of 1 year post qualification experience.
  • Ability to assess the support needs of children.
  • Ability to develop individual child support plans.
  • Clear understanding and analysis of social justice, domestic violence and other gender-based forms of violence against women and the impacts it has on women and children’s lives.
  • Clear understanding of child welfare and protection issues and structures.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, to include IT.
  • Demonstrated ability to use own initiative.
  • Effective in working as part of team.
  • Knowledgeable on children’s rights issues.
  • Good understanding of the issues in relation to domestic or gender based violence and the impact on children and young people.
  • Maintains appropriate boundaries with service users.
  • Full driving licence and access to car.

Desirable

  • Experience of working with women and children affected by Domestic Violence.

The above Job Description is a guide to the general range of duties and is neither definitive nor restrictive and will be subject to periodic review.

Application Form CSW April 2017

 


Relief Women’s Support Worker

Job Title: Relief Women’s Support Worker

Responsible To: Service Manager

Responsible For: 

  • Delivery of direct support services to women in Sonas Supported Housing, Refuge, Visiting Support, Outreach and/or Safe Home services, in one-to-one and group settings.
  • Ensuring best practice in the delivery of services to women in Sonas.
  • Ensuring the needs of clients and their children are central to the work of the service.

Location: Various locations across Dublin region and Wicklow town

Terms & Conditions: 

  • HSE Social Care Payscale – Point 1 (€16.45 per hour)
  • Minimum of 60 hours per month

Main Duties

  • To ensure that the needs of clients are central to the work of the organisation.
  • To work to all Sonas Domestic Violence Charity services practices (quality standards), policies and procedures to ensure the delivery of quality, effective and safe services to clients.
  • To carry out needs assessments, risk assessments and develop safety plans/ support plans to address these needs through the use of relevant Sonas tools.
  • Ensure progression of clients’ support plan through case management approach.
  • To make referrals or support clients in making self-referrals as necessary.
  • To advocate for clients when appropriate and by agreement.
  • To team-work with the Children’s Support team and other team members to ensure that women and children are provided with an integrated domestic violence service.
  • To provide support to clients around housing issues, if appropriate.
  • To maintain all records and files according to the agreed standard.
  • To adhere to Sonas and Tusla policies on child protection.
  • To keep informed of developments in the area of domestic violence including new methods of work, changes in policy, legalisation, additional supports etc.
  • To liaise effectively with other statutory and voluntary bodies.

Requirements

  • Relevant degree, preferably Social Care or equivalent
  • Minimum of 2 years relevant experience to include a minimum of 1 year post qualification experience
  • Experience of keyworking vulnerable clients essential
  • A clear understanding of Domestic Violence, child protection and welfare issues, risk and safety issues.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, to include IT
  • Knowledgeable on legal, housing and social welfare issues
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team  and on own initiative
  • Have a flexible approach to the work in response to organisational change, development and review of best practice
  • Committed to effective, professional practice
  • Full driving licence and access to a car desirable
  • Experience of working with women and children affected by Domestic Violence.

The above Job Description is a guide to the general range of duties and is neither definitive nor restrictive and will be subject to periodic review

Application Form WSW Apr 2017