Residential Social Care Worker

Oberstown Children Detention CampusOberstown, County Dublin€30,086 - €61,420 per yearFull-time

Oberstown Children Detention Campus Company Background 

Oberstown Children Detention Campus (Oberstown), established under the Children Act 2001, is Ireland’s national facility for the care and education of all children under 18 years referred by the courts on detention or remand orders. The facility is based on a large site in North County Dublin where up to 54 children, from 12 to 18 years, are accommodated in a highly specialised residential environment dedicated to providing them with the best possible care and preparing them for a successful return to their community.

More information on the Oberstown Children Detention Campus is available at

Job Title and Grade: Residential Social Care Worker, RSCW grade

Competition Reference: C06 2021


The person appointed will be employed by the Board of Management of the Oberstown Children Detention Campus.

Reporting Relationship: 

The person appointed to the position of RSCW will work with and be accountable to the Unit Manager.

The Purpose of the Post:

The Residential Social Care Worker’s primary purpose is to work directly with the young people on campus and their families, as well as internal and external professional and agencies, in the provision of services to support the care and development of the young person and their re-integration into the community.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities 

• To be directly involved in frontline care of children and young people, including those with behavioural difficulties, in a secure care setting.

• To carry out duties in line with the Oberstown Children Detention Campus policies and procedures, in particular the Safeguarding and Children First policies.

• Develop and maintain professional working relationships with colleagues, children and young people, and their families.

• Work in partnership with colleagues and other professionals to meet the social, emotional, educational, health, and mental health needs of children and young people.

• Develop, design, and implement care placement programmes by:

• Acting as a key worker to specific children and young people.

• Completing and maintaining administrative records relating to children and young people.

• Promoting positive outcomes for children and young people in areas of staying safe, being healthy, enjoying and achieving making a positive contribution to their own wellbeing.

• Providing a positive role model for the children and young people.

• Working in accordance with the Standards and Criteria for Children Detention Schools 2008 and co-operating with any inspection process.

• Working in accordance with all campus wide policies and procedures, such as care, HR, health and safety, operating, etc.

• Other duties commensurate with the level of responsibility that may be assigned from time to time.

The above is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office. 

Eligibility Criteria, Qualifications, and/or experience Qualification: 

• Degree at level 7 or above on the National Framework of Qualifications in social care, social work, youth work, teaching, nursing, psychology (or another relevant discipline) or equivalent qualification from another jurisdiction.

• A minimum of 3 years experience in working directly with young people and/or vulnerable adults who present with challenging behavior;

• Must possess appropriate ICT Skills, e.g. proficiency in Word, Excel, e-mail, etc.

• Evidence of ability to comply, including registration, with all relevant bodies regulating health and social care professionals, as in force at the closing date for applications or introduced at a later date (e.g. under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005);

• A knowledge and understanding of relevant legislation and policy in relation to the detention and care of young people.

Relevant Specialist Knowledge, Expertise and Self Development Demonstrates: 

• Professional Code of Conduct and the Scope of Practice.

• Responsibility for personal professional development.

• Knowledge of the core principles and values of Oberstown

Interpersonal & Communications Skills -  Demonstrates: 

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to present information in a clear and concise manner.

• Strong written communications skills.

Problem Solving & Decision Making - Demonstrates: 

• Flexibility, problem-solving, and initiative skills including the ability to adapt to change.

• The ability to appropriately analyze and interpret information, develop solutions and contribute to decisions quickly and accurately as appropriate.

Teamwork - Demonstrates: 

• The ability to work as part of a team and to establish a good working relationship with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.

• The ability to work independently on own initiative and as part of a team.

• Utilizes sound clinical judgement skills when delegating duties appropriately and within the scope of practice to other work colleagues.

Drive & Commitment - Demonstrate: 

• Great attention to detail and high levels of accuracy.

• A commitment to maintaining high work standards.

Driving Licence:

Successful candidates will be required to hold a current full clean manual Driving Licence – Category B, prior to commencement of employment.


A candidate must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the position and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.


Each candidate for and any person holding the office must be of good character.


Age restrictions shall only apply to a candidate where s/he is not classified as a new entrant (within the meaning of the Public Service Superannuation Act 2004).

A candidate who is not classified as a new entrant must be under 65 years of age.


Candidates must have a good command of the English language.

Principal Conditions of Service General 

The appointment is made under Section 180 of the Children (Amendment) Act 2015.


The current salary for the position (effective 1 October 2020) is as follows: Personal pension contribution (PPC) rate: Grade RSCW from €30,086 to €61,420 per annum.

This rate will apply where the appointee is newly recruited to the civil or public service or is an existing civil or public servant appointed on or after 6th April 1995 and is required to make a personal pension contribution.

A different rate may apply where the appointee is a civil or public servant recruited before 6th April 1995 and who is not required to make a personal pension contribution.

The Selection Process How to Apply

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Only fully submitted applications will be accepted into the campaign. The admission of a person to the  competition, or invitation to undertake any element of the selection process is not to be taken as  implying that Oberstown is satisfied that such a person fulfils the essential requirements.

Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted. Selection Process:

The Selection Process may include:

• shortlisting of candidates, on the basis of the information contained in their application. • a competitive preliminary interview.

• completion of an online questionnaire(s).

• case study/work sample/role play/media exercise, and any other tests or exercises that may

be deemed appropriate.

• a competitive interview which may include a presentation.

Please Note:

We endeavour to give as much notice as possible for interview dates etc.; candidates should make

themselves available on the date(s) specified by Oberstown Children Detention Campus.


The number of applications received for a position generally exceed that required to fill the position.

While a candidate may meet the eligibility requirements of the competition, if the numbers applying for the position are such that it would not be practical to interview everyone, Oberstown Children Detention Campus may decide that a smaller number will be called to the next stage of the selection process.

In this respect, the Oberstown Children Detention Campus provide for the employment of a shortlisting process to select a group who, based on an examination of the application forms, appear to be the most suitable for the position. This is not to suggest that other candidates are necessarily unsuitable or incapable of undertaking the job, rather that there are some candidates, who based on their application, appear to be better qualified and/or have more relevant experience. An expert board will examine the application forms against agreed shortlisting criteria based on the requirements of the position. The shortlisting criteria may include both the essential and desirable criteria specified for the position. It is therefore in your own interest to provide a detailed and accurate account of your qualifications/ experience in your application.


Candidates who are successful at interview will be requested to provide details of three referees.

Please be assured that we will only contact referees should you come under consideration after the preliminary interview stage. Please note, should you be successful at final interview, we will require a reference from your current employer prior to recommendation for appointment.


Candidates should note that eligibility to compete for posts is confined to citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA) or to non-EEA nationals with a valid work permit. The EEA consists of the Member States of the European Union along with Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. Swiss citizens under EU agreements may also apply.

The closing date for applications is Friday the 6th of August 2021

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