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Early Intervention Worker – D.A.Y. Youth Diversion Project Dungarvan

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Waterford & South Tipperary Community Youth Service
WSTCYS is a community-based youth organisation which places active youth participation, volunteerism and community development at the heart of our ethos

As part of a significant expansion of our Youth Justice response under the Youth Justice Strategy 2021 – 2027, we are looking for motivated people with energy, initiative and a child-centred approach to join our growing Youth Diversion staff team across our region. Applications are now invited for the post of;

Early Intervention Worker (39 hours per weekFull – Time)

D.A.Y. Youth Diversion Project: Based and working with children and young people in Dungarvan and a now expanding catchment area in West Waterford

The aim of the Youth Diversion Projects is to respond to the needs of unattached young people aged 12 to 17 years who are involved in and/or at risk of criminal or anti-social behaviour. The new Early Intervention Workers will join our team of Youth Justice Workers in each area, with the aim of identifying and engaging children, aged 8 to 11 years, who have been identified as being at risk of becoming involved in crime or anti-social behaviour in the future, on the basis of behaviours and/or family circumstances present at an early age. The purpose of each role is to build supportive relationships with the children involved, developing and delivering a range of age-appropriate interventions (including after hours and some weekend contact), based on an assessment of their needs, risks and strengths.

Funded through the European Social Fund Plus, this post will have a particular focus on delivering:

  • Needs-based 1:1 work in a safe and supportive environment; direct delivery of or provision for child-centred therapeutic approaches
  • Developmental group work, informed by youth work principles and practices
  • Skills based programmes centred on social skills development and resilience-building
  • Social and recreational programmes
  • Appropriate caregiver interventions/family supports to address the needs of the children
  • Referral, sign-posting and inter-agency work towards realising a holistic “wrap around” response to the needs of children at risk in their specific family and community context

Ideal candidates for this post should demonstrate flexibility, motivation and initiative, have excellent interpersonal, organisational, communication and facilitation skills, be strong team players and be committed to creating with others participatory and effective responses to children’s needs and interests. They must have at least 1 year’s (ideally 2 years’) professional experience of working directly with children/young people and a recognised qualification in Early Childhood Development, Youth and Community Work or related discipline. Candidates must hold a full clean Drivers Licence and have own transport.

Please visit for information on recruitment. To request a Job Description, contact Please forward applications in the form of a C.V. to Closing date for return of applications by e-mail is 5:00 p.m. on Friday 22nd September 2023. Short-listing will apply and a panel may be formed for future vacancies

Waterford & South Tipperary Community Youth Service is an equal opportunities employer.
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This project is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union”.

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