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Social Care Worker/ Autism Practitioner

South Dublin


In Gheel, we focus on supporting individuals with autism through their life journey and enabling them to have fulfilling life experiences, while having autonomy and control over their choices and decisions. Gheel Autism Services provides a wide range of services for adults with autism including day and vocational opportunities, outreach support, and a variety of supported living options. Across our services we consider how each person thinks, learns, and processes information to develop a personalised plan of support. Considering individuals strengths and motivations, we enable people to obtain outcomes that are meaningful to them. Our committed practitioners receive regular training and they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to enable each individual to have positive and meaningful life experiences. All staff are involved in changing the culture of supporting people into a more inclusive, independence-focused style of support – where people are encouraged to be partners in, not recipients of their service delivery.


  • Access to Health Insurance
  • Access to Educational Support Scheme
  • Company pension with company contribution (including income protection and death-in-service benefits)
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Paid Maternity & Paternity Leave (dependant on service)
  • Up to 27 days of Annual leave
  • Bike to Work scheme
  • Training and development (CPD)
  • Option to join the Health Service credit union

Community Support Vacancy

Social Care Worker/ Autism Practitioner – Community Support Team, South Dublin - Permanent, 1.00 WTE

An exciting opportunity has arisen for suitably qualified and experienced staff to work as part of the South Dublin Community Support Team which is an inclusive part of our Living Options Service.

The Community Support Team is a progressive values-based model of service that offers support to people across the South Dublin Region. This unique service model aligns with the HSE Transforming Lives initiative while also incorporating the principles of the New Directions Framework to deliver person-centered support, promote community inclusion, and active citizenship, and improve quality of life. The team operates on a support model based on each individual's specific support needs, we apply a full commitment to promoting each person’s interpersonal relationships, social inclusion, rights, and physical and emotional well-being.

Gheel invests heavily in providing staff with the tools they need to deliver quality supports. In this regard, the successful candidate will receive a robust suite of training upon commencement. Following this they will be expected to deliver autism-informed evidence-based assessments with their key people to develop a support plan that enables the person to build the skills necessary to develop independence, agency, and resilience across every area of their life. A high degree of networking and external referral work will also be part of the role as the team has built links with other agencies so that people supported can access specialised supports in areas such as community mental health, education, employment, housing, social and overall well-being.

The person appointed will report directly to the Location Manager and will work as an integral part of the Living Options and Community Support team. This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to bring their skills and talents to Gheel during a time of growth and development.

You will work an average of 39 hours per week operating on a flexible roster which facilitates direct support alongside the completion of all aspects of this comprehensive management role.

Essential Qualifications for Autism Practitioner/Social Care Worker posts:

Essential Qualifications for this post:

• Level 7 award in Social Care/Studies delivered by an Institute of Technology, DIT or National University of Ireland
• A relevant qualification received outside the State recognised by NARIC as equivalent to the Irish Level 7 award.
• Relevant third-level qualification at degree level i.e., social work, psychology, and/or allied health.
• Post-graduate qualification in Autism Studies

Essential Criteria for this post:

• Excellent communication & engagement skills
• At least one year recent experience
• Ability to promote independence where applicable
• A full clean/current driving licence
• A thorough understanding of the HIQA regulations
• Eligible for CORU Registration

Desirable Criteria for this post:

• Experience in supporting individuals with a diagnosis of ASD and knowledge of Autism
• Experience in case management

Salary Scale:

• Successful candidates will be paid in line with the 2016 HSE revised consolidated Social Care Worker pay scale point 3; €33,325 – point 12; €44,306 per annum based on working a 39-hour week - annual increments are included.
• The successful post holder will also be eligible for additional remuneration in addition to the aforementioned salary, point 3; €1,891 – LSI €2,781 per annum as per the phased pay restoration process between Section 39 Agencies and the Department of Health.
To apply for this position please submit your cover letter and up-to-date CV. Applicants will be shortlisted for interview based on the evidence outlined in their CV.
The closing date for receipt of all completed applications is Tuesday, 16th July 2024 at 5 pm. Interviews will take place shortly thereafter.

A panel may be formed from which future vacancies may be filled

Late applications will not be accepted, and Garda Vetting is a requirement of the recruitment process.