Title: Integration Officer
Term: 2-year fixed term
Hours: Full Time / 39 hours per week
Location: Co. Meath
The ISPCC Integration Service provides a free, comprehensive, community-based one-to-one support service to children and young people who may be experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties. This is provided by professional ISPCC Child and Family Support Workers.
The service aims to intervene to provide children and young people with the necessary supports to promote psychological resilience and maintain their psychological well-being, regardless of social or emotional background.
All ISPCC work with children and parents has the following aims:
• Inclusion: Promotion of the social inclusion of children and prevention of exclusion due to behaviour, mental health difficulties, ethnicity or social status.
• Support: Ensuring that children can access the help they need to overcome emotional adversity.
• Protection: Prevention of cruelty to children and young people.
• Consultation and Participation: Ensuring that children are given the opportunity to participate in an active way in the main social structures impacting their lives.
• Citizenship: Ensuring that children’s rights as citizens are acknowledged in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
• To identify and link with children and families residing in the Mosney Direct Provision centre and support their community integration utilising our current Community Navigator Programme.
• To identify local supports and activities for young people and families to engage with to support their integration into the community.
• To provide a community-based, direct access support service offering a combined face-to-face, telephone and web-based support to children and young people.
• To develop a suite of support programmes tailored to the service users needs.
• To ensure the active participation of children and young people within ISPCC services and activities through the ISPCC Children’s Advisory Committee (CAC) and to promote young people’s participation in society as a whole.
• To promote the ISPCC Integration service to external agencies & groups through networking meetings.
• To co-ordinate involvement with professional organisations and establish links with referring bodies, i.e. Local Co Councils, Social workers, Gardaí etc.
• To maintain weekly and annual statistics and ensure that good record keeping practices are in place in accordance with ISPCC practice and policy.
• To evaluate the quality and effectiveness of work carried out, ensuring they utilise the appropriate evaluation tools for each client where individual support work is provided. Also ensuring the completion of all necessary tracking, top-up and brief intervention.
• To attend, when requested, team meetings, case conferences and other service meetings.
• To engage in any other duties requested by the Society. This will include involvement in the Society’s campaigning and lobbying, training and research, public education and fundraising initiatives.
• To act at all times within ISPCC policy and practice guidelines and to take immediate appropriate action if a child is at risk.
• To proactively drive the Society’s strategy locally and nationally and work as part of an integrated team in order to deliver best quality services to children.
Essential: Candidates should have the following;
• A Level 8 third level qualification in social sciences or related field.
• A minimum of two years’ experience, of working directly with children and/or young people and/or families.
• A detailed understanding of community, statutory and voluntary sectors. Experience working with young people through prevention and early intervention towards building resilience, social support and self-regulation of behaviour and emotions.
• Candidates must be able to demonstrate a theoretical and practical knowledge of the following: Child development, child assessment, individual programme planning, child intervention processes, and evaluating client work.
• Candidates must also have demonstrated therapeutic techniques and a working knowledge of children’s legislation with regard to child protection, welfare and children’s rights.
• An understanding of the Direct Provision system.
Ability and Attributes:
• Candidates must be child-centred with an ability to remain focused on the needs of children and young people.
• Candidates must exhibit a strong commitment to children’s rights.
• Candidates must be capable of working on own initiative and as part of a team.
• Candidates must have the ability to provide volunteer supervision and appraisals.
• Candidates must possess excellent communication skills.
• Candidates must have the ability to plan and implement individual programme plans for children and young people.
• Candidates must have the ability to undertake parenting work on an individual basis.
• Candidates must be effective at time management with the ability to oversee a number of projects at any given time.
• Candidates must be self-motivated and have the ability to work on their own initiative as well as work as part of a team.
• Candidates must be flexible and be available and willing to work unsociable hours as routinely required.
• Candidates must be I.T. literate and have an ability to maintain computerised client files/records.
• Experience of providing presentations on a small or large group setting
• Experience of team building and volunteer development.
• Candidates must possess a full, clean driver’s license and own vehicle.
Should you feel you are suitably qualified and experienced, then please forward your completed application form to HRSupport@ispcc.ie by noon on Friday 13th September 2019.