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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 (13.5 days pro rata)
  • Bike to Work scheme
  • Training and development (CPD)
  • Option to join the Health Service credit union

Social Care Worker/ Autism Practitioner (x2) – Permanent Contracts, Living Options, Hortlands and Phoenix House- 0.50 WTE- Two Positions

The successful candidates for these two part-time positions will act as strong role models, demonstrate a commitment to developing a person-centred culture and provide the people we support with emotional support while contributing positively to their health and wellbeing.

Gheel Autism Services provides supported living services across Dublin and North Kildare. With this type of support the emphasis is on the development of skills for independent living, recognising individual goals and aspirations, and enabling people to be active participants in their local community. Thorough assessment is completed by working alongside each individual to establish their wishes and preferred lifestyle.

The support is provided in line with the individual needs taking into consideration the will, preference, and life choices of the individual, based on an assessment of social, personal, and healthcare needs. Staff have the opportunity to work on skill development in context, building capacity for interdependence in community and social networks. In addition, we enable adults to develop essential everyday skills such as money management, self-care, laundry, general housekeeping, and cooking skills.

A full, clean driving licence is required for this position.

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
• You must be 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 2016 HSE revised consolidated Social Care Worker pay scale point 3; €33,325 – point 12; €44,306 per annum pro rata 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 pro rata as per the phased pay restoration process between Section 39 Agencies and the Department of Health.
• There is 27 days / 210.6 hours of annual leave per annum (pro rata: 13.5 days / 105.3 hours).

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 5pm. 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.