Clinical Lead Manager

Job Description:  Clinical Lead Manager

Reporting to: CEO

Hours: 37.5 (negotiable; to include out of hours work and on-call support when required)

Location: Cork City

Salary: Scale from €60,000 – €75,000


The role of Clinical Lead Manager is suited to experienced clinical/counselling/educational psychologists, social workers, mental health nurses, psychotherapists and occupational therapists. The successful candidate will be responsible for establishing and running an exciting new service that aims to make a meaningful and valuable, trauma-informed, impact on the lives of children in care that reside with Childhood Matters. In doing so it will involve delivering a high level of clinical leadership and operational management to individual teams working on a 1:1 basis with children in care.

The Clinical Lead Manager will be responsible for clinical and regulatory governance alongside the CEO, with whom the Clinical Manager will work have a close working relationship with to ensure a high quality and forward-thinking delivery of the service. They will liaise with partner agencies to endeavour to achieve positive outcomes for children and professionals working with them to build or restore stability in their lives and enhance key relationships in the child’s family/support network, as well as promoting their adjustment to difficult life circumstances.

The role will include offering specialist training and consultation to colleagues and the wider team/system around the child, such social workers and support workers supporting children in care. While it will not involve direct therapeutic work/assessment with children, relationship building with children using the service will be a key part of the role. We are committed to embedding an evidence-based culture of trauma-informed care and therapeutic practice and therefore keen to assess the effectiveness of our service.  As such, service evaluation skills, and a service development mindset, will be an integral part of the role.

Who are we:

Childhood Matters is based in Cork City. We are a trauma-informed and equal opportunity employer. With over 120 staff we provide a wide range of child and family services, mostly funded by the Child and Family Agency. We offer competitive salary package as well as benefits to include, enhanced maternity leave, pension contribution scheme, flexible working hours, regular internal and externally-provided training opportunities and competitive annual leave entitlement.

Role Specification and Duties

  • The successful candidate will be responsible for clinical and operational oversight of a large multidisciplinary team working in a social care capacity with children in care. This will involve a high level of liaison and coordination as the service becomes established. They will use their skillset to ensure each child has a trauma-informed clinical, social care plan that promotes their individual needs and allows them to maximise their potential.
  • The successful candidate will have an in-depth expertise related to theoretical foundations of: attachment, trauma, separation and loss; young child development and behaviour; childhood developmental conditions, relationship focused therapeutic practice; team dynamics; cultural competence; mental and behavioural disorders.
  • The successful candidate will have advanced relationship building and maintaining skills, be able to support colleagues and promote balanced evaluation with regard to all elements of leadership within the service and provide formal and informal coaching and mentoring. There will be an expectation that the successful candidate will also engage in crisis management, ad-hoc consultation and general collaborative working to ensure the smooth operation of the service.
  • The successful candidate will have advanced communication skills to communicate effectively and efficiently will all service stakeholders. This will be both verbal and written and, as required, through providing reports in accordance with professional standards. These reports may be required to be released to the referring agency and/or the Courts, as requested. The successful candidate will have advanced ability to influence and persuade appropriately to promote effective and balanced trauma informed practice and principles where necessary.
  • The successful candidate will fulfil obligations as per The Children First Act 2015, acting as Designated Liaison Person for the service and overseeing the implementation of its Child Protection and Welfare Policy.
  • The successful candidate will undertake clear line management that fosters a high level of morale, motivation and effective communication among staff. They will also ensure the optimum and effective use of staff through efficient planning, rostering, skill mix, workload measurement, and the prioritisation of service delivery within available resources.
  • The successful candidate will be part of the wider Childhood Matters management team and engage to promote the service on a local and national level. This will include active networking and openness to engaging with, and attending, external training and conferences when appropriate and necessary.

This job description indicates the main functions & responsibilities of the post & is subject to review & amendment in the light of project developments & changing circumstances & may include other duties & responsibilities as may be determined from time to time by Childhood Matters Management.



Essential Experience/Knowledge

  • Clinical/counselling/educational psychologist,
  • Social Worker, Social Care leader, Occupational Therapist, Psychotherapist
  • A minimum of five years working with children and families
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision Experience of staff management, including performance management.
  • In depth understanding of the factors which contribute to mental health/social/emotional/behavioural issues of children in care
  • Knowledge and experience of applying evidence informed practice with young people in a clinical setting.
  • Commitment to reflective practice in order to facilitate personal and team learning, professional development and service improvement.
  • Experience of working with a broad cross section of staff and professionals, across agencies.
  • Familiarity with Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2017)
  • Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong organisational and time management skills.
  • Proficient level of digital literacy. Competent in MS office, Office 365, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, SharePoint.
  • Full, clean driving licence and access to a car as travel will be a requirement of the role.

To apply: Please submit a cover letter and CV the by 12pm 25th July 2022 to Early applications may be interviewed ahead of deadline date. For further information contact Dr Calem De Búrca on +353876915765