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Social Care Worker/Autism Practitioner


Are you looking for a role with a difference? We are currently looking to hire a Social Care Worker/Autism Practitioner for our Community Support Team in North Kildare on a Specified Purpose Contract of Employment.

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 25 days of Annual leave (20 days/156 hours pro rata as per 0.80 WTE)
  • Bike to Work scheme
  • Training and development (CPD)
  • Option to join the Health Service credit union

Social Care Worker/Autism Practitioner – Day Supports (0.80 WTE), Specified Purpose - Community Support Team.

As a professional working within the sector, you will be patient, understanding, and supportive. You will enjoy encouraging the people you support to progress at their own pace and according to their own needs. You will be innovative in your ideas and solutions and work in partnership with the people receiving support to facilitate them to build life reflective of their individual hopes and aspirations.

As for the people you will be supporting, they are looking for a positive, fun, kind, conscientious, and intuitive individual who will work in partnership with them to achieve and facilitate their goals and wishes. The person they are seeking will be outcome based, solution focused and sensitive to meeting their needs.

It is a priority for the people you will be supporting that you maximise their opportunities to live a life that is reflective of their values. It is critical to think about dignity pathways from the person receiving support perspective. Dignity to the people receiving support means the kind of support provided, in any setting or circumstances which supports and promotes, the person’s right to privacy, autonomy and self-worth.

The Community Support Team (CST) based in Maynooth Co. Kildare was established in October 2018 for adults diagnosed with ASD with the aim of supporting these individuals to build the skills necessary to live independently & have choice and control over their lives and fully participate in society as equal citizens. Our vision is to inspire growth and autonomy for people with autism.

This progressive model of service currently supports 3 individuals to live within their chosen communities in North Kildare. The CST is a highly motivated team which operates by using evidence-based assessments & interventions to support each person to develop independence, well-being & inclusion. The team also provides social and emotional support and assistance with employment and accommodation. The service operates on a support reduction model which aims to provide each person with the right amount of support based on their individual needs. Through collaboration & on-going review this has resulted in a reduction in support over time reflecting the progress that is made.

The person appointed will report to the Location Manager and will work as an integral part of the 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.
The successful candidate will work 0.80 WTE Day Shifts operating on a 6 week roster Monday to Sunday. Premium payments are paid for the weekends & annual increments are included.

Link to more information on the community support team:

A summary of the requirements for these posts are as follows:
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:

• At least one-year recent experience in the social care/disability sector
• Experience of supporting individuals with a diagnosis of ASD and knowledge of Autism
• Ability to promote independence – supporting others to learn how – not doing it for them.
• An understanding of the New Directions Model of Service Delivery.
• Excellent communication skills.
• Experience/ability to liaise and network with community services.
• Experience of case management.
• A full, clean drivers licence
• You must be eligible for CORU Registration

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.
  • 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.

To apply for this position please submit your up to date CV. Applicants will be shortlisted for interview based on the evidence outlined in their C.V.

The closing date for receipt of all completed applications is Monday, 15th July @ 10am Late applications will not be accepted. 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.