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Minister Zappone welcomes Tusla’s first ever Social Work Recruitment Open Day

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Minister Zappone welcomes Tusla’s first ever Social Work Recruitment Open Day

On Friday, 14th June, 2019, Tusla – the Child and Family Agency will host its first Social Work Recruitment Open Day at their head office in the Brunel Building (Heuston South Quarter, Saint John’s Road West, Dublin 8) from 10am to promote its on-going social work recruitment campaigns. The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, welcomes this initiative to highlight the rewarding aspects of a social work career with Tusla.

Tusla’s Social Work Recruitment Open Day aims to provide an opportunity for existing and soon to be qualified Social Workers to learn first-hand about a career with Tusla from experienced frontline staff. Attendees will have the opportunity to talk to existing Tusla Social Workers and to understand the variety of opportunities on offer within Tusla.

Tusla hopes that the Open Day will also provide an opportunity to highlight the positive aspects of working with Tusla and encourage applicants to consider Tusla as an employer of choice.

“I admire and appreciate the dedication of all professionals in Tusla who undertake the extremely important task of working in child protection. A career with Tusla allows you to have a positive impact on the lives of our most vulnerable. Notwithstanding the challenges associated with the role, the dedication, passion and commitment of Tusla teams around the country ensure you can have a rewarding and fulfilling career. I welcome Tusla’s Social Work Recruitment Open Day and the opportunity to showcase the positive aspects of working with Tusla”.

New initiatives such as Tusla’s Strategic Workforce Planning Model,the roll-out of a new national approach to practice, Signs of Safety, and an increased emphasis on retention are expected to help ensure Tusla is an employer of choice for Social Workers in Ireland. This is in addition to Tusla’s wide range of employment benefits such as competitive remuneration, 29 days annual leave, permanent and pensionable employment and a family friendly work environment.

Recruitment of Social Workers remains challenging with only 215 graduates (approx.) per year. While the Department of Children and Youth Affairs does not have a national remit with regard to policies, regulations or workforce planning governing social workers’ employment, it has taken the initiative to establish the Social Work Education Group to provide a forum for Tusla and other stakeholders to raise issues and explore and act upon possible actions to influence the future supply of social workers.

“It is clear that recruitment and retention of Social Workers will remain challenging. In this context, I welcome Tusla’s Social Work Open Recruitment Day as a valuable opportunity to build awareness among prospective applicants of the many rewards associated with a career with Tusla. Furthermore, my Department will endeavour to facilitate Tusla’s work to influence future supply and retention of social workers.”

Registration for Tusla’s Social Work Open Recruitment Day:

·        https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/tusla-social-work-recruitment-open-day-tickets-62569143994

Media queries regarding Tusla’s Social Work Open Recruitment Day

·        John Lawrence: John.lawrence@tusla.ie / 01 7718 897 or 087 369 0023

or

·        Tusla Communications: comms@tusla.ie / 087 634 8373

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