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Social Worker (Professionally Qualified)


Candidate Information Booklet
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Post of: Social Worker
(Professionally Qualified)
- 3 year Contract -
Closing Date: 4.00pm
Thursday, the 24th January 2019
Completed Application Forms (4 copies) should be submitted to:
Human Resources Department
Laois County Council
Aras an Chontae
Co. Laois.

POST OF: SOCIAL WORKER (Professionally Qualified)


Laois County Council is inviting applications from suitably qualified persons for the above competition. Laois County Council will, following the interview process, form a panel for the temporary post of Social Worker (professionally qualified) from which a three year fixed term contact may be filled.


The Social Worker works as part of a multi-disciplinary team within the Housing Department of Laois County Council.

The role requires a clear knowledge and understanding of local authority services and its key stakeholders and relationships, local government structures and its democratic role and mandate, current local government issues, future trends and strategic direction of the sector.

The Social Worker shall operate under the direction of and report to the Senior Social Worker to which they are assigned. They must undertake those duties as assigned to them by their Supervisor.

The Social Worker shall also report to the Director of Service of the section to which they are assigned or any other person designated by the Director of Service.

The Person:

Candidates will demonstrate through their application form and at the interview that he/she has:
- have excellent report writing and organizational skills;

- Demonstrate initiative, good interpersonal, communication and teamwork skills;

- have good knowledge of services within the homeless sector;

- have proficient administration and ICT skills;



Candidates shall be of good character.


Candidates must be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.


Each candidate must, on the latest date for receipt of completed application forms -
(a) Hold a professional qualification in Social Work prescribed under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 (as amended); or
(b) Have a letter of Validation issued by CORU/National Social Work Qualifications Board;
(c) Be eligible for registration with CORU;
(d) Possess a high standard of administrative and management experience; and
(e) Have a satisfactory knowledge of public service organisation.

In addition:


Candidates shall hold a full clean current driving licence in respect of Category B Vehicles or equivalent in the EU Model Driving Licence on the latest date for the receipt of completed applications.


1. The position is wholetime and temporary.

2. Persons who become pensionable employees of a local authority under the Single Public Service Pension Scheme will be liable to pay the Class A rate of PRSI contribution will be required in respect of their superannuation to contribute to the local authority at the rate of 3.5% of their net pensionable remuneration plus 3.0% of pensionable remuneration.


Where a person who is not already a permanent employee of a local authority is appointed, the following provisions shall apply:

(a) There shall be a period after such appointments take effect, during which such person shall hold such post on probation.
(b) Such period shall be ten months but the Chief Executive may, at his/her discretion, extend such period.
(c) Such person shall cease to hold the post at the end of the period of probation, unless during such period, the Manager has certified that the service of such person is satisfactory.


The salary shall be fully inclusive and shall be as determined from time to time. The holder of the office shall pay to the local authority any fees or other monies (other than inclusive salary) payable to and received by him/her by virtue of his/her office or in respect of services which he/she is required by or under any enactment to perform.

Current Salary Scale: €34,022 - €53,738 (LSI 1)

In accordance with EL02/2011 persons who are not serving Local Authority employees must be placed on the minimum of the scale. Where a person being appointed is a serving Local Authority employee normal starting pay rules will apply.

The rate of remuneration may be adjusted from time to time in line with government policy.


The duties of the office are to give the local authority and

(a) such other local authorities or bodies for which the Chief Executive, for the purposes of the City and County Management Acts, is Manager and

(b) to any other local authority or body with which an agreement has been made by the local authority or by any of the authorities or bodies mentioned in sub-paragraph (a) of this paragraph,

under the direction and supervision of the Chief Executive or other appropriate officer of the local authority such planning or ancillary services of an advisory, supervisory or executive nature as may be required by any local authority or body hereinbefore mentioned in the exercise and performance of any of its powers, functions and duties including the duty of assisting the Chief Executive or other appropriate officer in the supervision of the planning or ancillary services of any of the foregoing local authorities or bodies, and, when required to do so, to perform the duty of acting for the appropriate officer of higher rank during that officer’s absence.

The duties of the post of Social Worker include, but are not limited to:

• The provision of a Social Work and Tenant Welfare services to housing applicants & housing tenants, including members of the Traveller Community and homeless, in relation to accommodation issues as deemed necessary. This will occur with colleagues as part of the Housing Services Team.

• Visits as required and as necessary to housing applicants and housing tenants, including members of the Traveller Community and homeless.

• The completion of accommodation needs assessments for housing applicants and housing tenants, including members of the Traveller Community and homeless, seeking accommodation assistance.

• Make recommendations regarding tenants and applicants for accommodation provided by the voluntary and public sector.

• The completion of written reports in relation to clients and other projects as required.

• Ensure that tenancy agreements are being observed and report issues arising, including maintenance and anti-social behaviour to relevant personnel or appropriate agencies.

• Liaise with other agencies catering for needs of housing applicants and housing tenants, including members of the Traveller Community and homeless, and attend inter-agency meetings and case conferences as required

• Refer child protection concerns to the appropriate agency in accordance with the Children First Guidelines.

• Convene / attend meetings of the Housing SPC and Traveller Consultative Committee and any other meetings, as requested by line management.

• Assist tenants / residents / members of the Travelling community / homeless to engage with other sections of the local authority or Government Departments from which they may need assistance or advice.

• Advise and support housing tenants, including members of the Traveller Community, with regard to tenancy sustainment and community engagement and assist in the delivery of estate management services as required.

• Advise and assist in miscellaneous family and personal problems, including relations between tenants.

• Such general welfare activities not necessarily connected with housing as may be assigned by the local authority from time to time.

• Advise and make recommendations to the Council on the formulation of policy regarding the accommodation of housing applicants and housing tenants, including members of the Traveller Community and homeless, throughout the county.

• Assist in the preparation and review of the statutory Traveller Accommodation Plan as required.

• Co-ordinate the various sections of the Council in regard to services for housing applicants and housing tenants, including members of the Traveller Community and homeless, and to co-ordinate these services with those of voluntary organisations engaged in work on behalf of these clients.

• Review policies and assist in their implementation for special needs areas such as the homeless, disabled, elderly, family support as required.

• Assist as required in the promotion of the Social Services and to co-operate with voluntary bodies engaged in this work.

• Assist in the implementation of new and existing initiatives on all housing related matters.

• To undertake additional training and C.P.D. as required.

• To deputise for other employees of the Council when required.

• The duties shall also include such duties as may be assigned to them in relation to the area of any other local authority.

• To undertake any other duties as assigned by the Chief Executive.


Selection of candidates for appointment shall be by means of a competitive interview.

a) Shortlisting Process
The local authority may decide, by reason of the number of persons seeking admission to a competition, to carry out a shortlisting procedure. The number of persons to be invited, in these circumstances, to interview, shall be determined by the local authority from time to time having regard to the likely number of vacancies to be filled. The local authority may at its discretion, decide that such shortlisting will be based on qualifications, relevant experience and information submitted on the application form.

In that regard, candidates should ensure they provide detailed and accurate information in completing the form. Alternatively, the local authority may at its discretion decide to shortlist by way of preliminary interview.

b) Competitive Interview
Selection of candidates for appointment shall be by means of a competitive interview. The competitive interview shall be conducted by or on behalf of the local authority. The Council is committed to a process of selection on merit, based on fair and open competition. The criteria for judging suitability and ranking will be related directly to the qualification, attributes and skills required to undertake the duties and responsibilities to the standard required in the post.

c) Panels
A panel may be formed on the basis of the interviews from which Social Worker will be employed on a full-time temporary capacity within the life of the panel. Temporary contract positions, as they arise may also be offered, within the life of the panel.

d) References/Documentary Evidence

Each candidate may be required to submit as references the names and addresses of two responsible persons to whom he/she is well known but not related. Candidates may be required to submit documentary evidence to the local authority in support of their application.


Each candidate will be required to co-operate with the Garda vetting procedure.


You may on occasion be required to use your car on official business. In such situations you must hold a current clean driver’s licence and have available adequate means of transport.

If, during your employment, your licence is revoked, even temporarily, or if you receive endorsements on your licence which may affect your duties you are obliged to notify the Council immediately.


For the purposes of satisfying the requirement as to health it will be necessary for each successful candidate, before he/she is appointed, to undergo at his/her expense a medical examination by a qualified medical practitioner to be nominated by the local authority. On taking up appointment, the expense of the medical examination will be refunded to the candidate.


The Single Public Service Pension Scheme (“Single Scheme”) as provided by the Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme and Other Provisions) Act 2012 commenced with effect from 1st January 2013. The act introduces new pension and retirement provisions for new entrants to the public service appointed on or after 1st January 2013. Pension age set initially at 66 years; this will rise in step with statutory changes in the SPC age to 67 years in 2021 and 68 years in 2028. The compulsory retirement age of 70 applies. Otherwise the retirement age of the relevant Scheme applies.

It should be noted that candidates who are in receipt of a Public Service Pension and are rehired in any paid capacity by a Public Service Body may be liable to have their pension abated.

Prior to appointment successful candidates will be obliged to complete a Declaration in relation to previous Public Pensionable Employment.


The holder of the post shall reside in the district in which his/her duties are to be performed or within a reasonable distance thereof.


The superannuation contributions of relevant scheme will apply.


The local authority shall require persons to whom an appointment is offered to take up such appointment within a period of not more than one month and if they fail to take up the appointment within such period or such longer period as the local authority in it’s absolute discretion may determine, the local authority shall not appoint him/her.

When your application is received, Laois County Council creates a record which contains personal information you have supplied. The personal information on the application form is used solely in processing your candidature. Such information held is subject to the rights and obligations set out in the Data Protection Acts, 1988 & 2003.

Any attempt by a candidate, or by any person(s) acting at the candidate’s instigation, directly or indirectly, by means of written communication or otherwise influence in the candidate’s favour, any member or employee of the Council or person nominated by the County Council to interview or examine applicants, will automatically disqualify the candidate for the position being sought.

Expenses incurred by candidates in attending interview, etc., will be at the candidates own expense

Laois County Council is an equal opportunities employer

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Contact Details

Laois County Council
Aras an Chontae
James Fintan Lalor Ave
Co. Laois


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