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Social Care Worker/Autism Practitioner

Co. Kildare


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

Social Care Worker/Autism Practitioner – Residential Services – Permanent (1.00 WTE) – Railpark Team Co. Kildare

We are currently hiring for the role of Social Care Worker/Autism Practitioner to come onboard this service. This service contains 3 residential homes in North Kildare and is currently based between Kilshanroe, Enfield and Maynooth town centre currently. Our Service Users attend here for community based residential supports. These are busy homes with individuals supported enjoying a mixture of home and community-based activities. As the ideal candidate you will be proactive and imaginative when it comes to service provision. You will have excellent report writing skills, experience, and the ability to work on your own initiative are a must.

Staff must have the awareness and skillset to support those who experience sensory differences, therefore, enabling them to maximise their experiences both within their own home and the community. Staff are required to promote the wellbeing of all those supported, across all locations ensuring that they achieve a high quality of life while working under HIQA guidelines and standards.

Practitioners will be expected to produce, implement and evaluate practical resources and strategies to support a person with Autism’s communication and thinking, alongside assessment documentation for social, healthcare and personal development. Staff will also maintain a comprehensive understanding of the working file/support plan and supporting tools ensuring that details collated are of value and then utilised to support and develop progress plans.

The Support Workers will in conjunction with the work of the Practitioners assist in the development of independent living skills, education and employment possibilities and social and leisure groups. The successful candidates will be required to work across all locations on a roster basis.
Applicants must have full, clean driving licence. The successful candidate will be expected to work across Monday to Sunday and will be expected to attend monthly meetings and training additional to this.

Essential Qualifications for Social Care Worker/ Autism Practitioner 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 Experience:
• Excellent communication & engagement skills
• Experience of supporting individuals with a diagnosis of ASD
• At least one years experience in the social care sector
• Proficient in the use of Information Technology
• A thorough understanding of HIQA and New Directions
• Ability to work on own initiative as well as part of a team.
• Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
• Report writing skills.
• Ability to be flexible in the role
• A full, clean drivers’ licence

Essential Criteria for this post:
• Ability to case manage.
• Experience and ability to develop and maintain support plans and carry out reviews.
• Ability to promote independence where applicable.
• Willingness to develop professional skills as identified through supervision and managing their own CPD.
• Experience/ability to liaise and network with community services.
• Excellent communication & engagement skills
• Possess an ability to recognise potential and opportunities for development with individuals supported in the area, providing the guidance and supports required to work towards this goal which are tailored to the individual’s needs.
• You must be eligible for CORU Registration

The individuals supported in the area are seeking support staff with the following skills:

• A person who can support with my activities and routines
• Help learning and exploring new things
• Assistance with personal care
• Someone who can have fun
• Someone who is patient, kind and caring
• Someone who is interested in lots of things like music, baking, and crafts and will help me find new things to do also

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 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 C.V.

The closing date for receipt of all completed applications Friday, 19th of July 2024 at midday. Late applications will not be accepted. Interviews will take place shortly thereafter.

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

Garda Vetting is a requirement of the recruitment process.