Limetree Manager

Hours: Full Time

Salary: Dependent on experience

Location: Blackrock (will include travel within Co. Cork)

Responsible to: Chief Executive Officer

Childhood Matters is the new trading name of the Bessborough Centre, based in Blackrock Cork City. We are a trauma-informed, and equal opportunity employer. We offer competitive salary package as well as benefits to include, enhanced maternity leave, pension contribution scheme, flexible working hours, healthcare contribution scheme, as well as internal and externally provided training opportunities.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Limetree Manager will lead and coordinate an established multidisciplinary team of family support staff to deliver high quality and trauma-informed services to children and families across Co. Cork. While operationally overseeing services the post holder will have a case load, deliver interventions and offer advice, training & initiating research or service evaluation. They will work as part of a wider Child and Family Services Management Team and have a service development mindset at all times.


  • To coordinate the delivery and development of community-based family supports that meet the needs of referred families and children and ensures that children are protected.
  • With the team provide planned, intensive and timely programmes to families at times that work for them including evenings and weekends.
  • To coordinate the provision of high-quality multidisciplinary parenting assessments, formulations & interventions
  • Communicate in a skilled, timely & sensitive manner with the clients, clinical team, court services & referring agents.
  • To ensure a culture of responsiveness, ambition and improvement within the staff team ensuring best use of existing skills and knowledge and a proactive response to the needs of children and families.
  • To write quality and timely multi-disciplinary assessments and case reports & to present findings in Court and at professional meetings when appropriate.
  • Ensure effective aftercare planning for families transitioning from residential care.
  • Ensure performance management, supervision, and support is available to line staff.
  • To measure impact and outcomes of services and report regularly on these.
  • Demonstrate an allegiance to established practice evidence bases at all times
  • To ensure the work of services is integrated and makes best use of opportunities offered by other services within the Childhood Matters and external stakeholders.
  • To build local partnerships and contribute to safeguarding practices at the Childhood Matters and in the community.
  • To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the services, through participation in research, service evaluation and audit.
  • To contribute to the Childhood Matters internal Specialist Training Programme for family assessment and treatment staff.
  • To ensure the development, maintenance and dissemination of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in CPD training and development, conferences and engagement with current literature and publication of papers and presentations at events.
  • To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice within the service areas, by exercising the skills of a reflective practitioner, taking part in and delivering regular professional supervision and performance management.
  • Be available to support managers of other Child and Family Services to include on-call cover for annual leave when required
  • To promote trauma informed practice in line with Childhood Matters Trauma Informed Principals through management of staff, client interaction and service provision.

The duties and responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present but may be subject to reasonable change according to service need.


  • A qualified and experienced Social Worker or allied social/healthcare professional
  • Practical and successful post-qualification experience of working with vulnerable and at-risk families in the community.
  • Strong working knowledge of theoretical frameworks that underpin Childhood Matters Services such an attachment, infant mental health, trauma-informed care, signs of safety etc
  • Experience of court work is essential
  • Experience and understanding of parenting assessment and family intervention
  • Casework management experience to ensure successful and safe work practic
  • Able to work flexibly, including evenings and out of hours where necessary and to conduct home visit
  • Experience of communicating effectively with a wide range of agencies, children, legal systems and parents/care
  • Ability to use a variety of IT and Office software.
  • Full driving licence is essential.
  • Additional qualifications in provision of therapeutic supports and attachment approaches will be a distinct advantage.


The normal opening hours are 9.00am to 5.00pm weekdays. The post holder will be expected to work at times outside of these hours according to service needs.

To apply: Please submit a cover letter and CV to the by 12pm 15th July 2022. Interviews will be Wednesday 20th July. For further information please contact Dr Calem De Búrca on 0876915765