Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

      Social Work Return to Practice/International Qualifications Recognition Programme
                                           Return to Practice    What we offer    Application Process


Tusla is committed to a vision of families and communities that are empowered to keep children safe and nurtured. We are dedicated to working in partnership with children, families and communities to ensure that children are supported, protected, and connected to people who can safeguard and promote their wellbeing. 

Tusla is growing to deliver on this vision. We are working to ensure that our staff and leaders are supported and empowered to continuously learn and improve so that children, families and communities across Ireland will benefit from our service.

Tusla is looking for people who embody our values and behaviours of trust, kindness, respect, and empowerment. Together we want to build an organisation that is honest, truthful and responsible; that shows care and compassion; that treats people with dignity and fairness; and an organisation that is willing to go the extra mile to help someone achieve their best.

If you would like to join us on this journey and make a difference in the lives of children, families and communities across Ireland please follow the steps below to apply for our return to practice/recognition of international qualifications programme. 

  Social Work Return to Practice

During the course of their career, many Social Workers may not practise their profession for a period of time. This may occur for many reasons, which could include parental leave, extended travel, caring responsibilities, or illness. We know that these professionals may wish to come back to their profession and resume their practice.

However, when returning to Social Work practice after a prolonged period (greater than two years) a process of updating or re-familiarisation may be required to ensure safety of both the registrant and the service users in his/her care.  This is why CORU; Ireland’s multi-profession health and social care regulator. has established this process and set out Return to Practice requirements.

Return to practice requirements applies to anyone who has not practised their profession for more than two years.

  CORU Requirements for Return to Practice

Years out of Practice 


0 - 2 yearsno updating required
2 - 5 yearsminimum of 210 hours of updating
5 years or moreminimum of 420 hours of updating



What we Offer

  • A paid path to returning to the workplace as a professionally qualified social worker once sufficient CORU hours have accumulated.
  • A salary of €38,907 as an Interim Children Services Worker
  • Immediate transfer to Professionally Qualified Social Worker salary once the required CORU hours are achieved.

The rolling campaign is over 365 days a year, and interviews are ongoing. So, if you are a professionally qualified social worker who wants to return to social work practice or who has qualified in a different country outside Ireland, simply follow the steps below…

Application Process


Step 2

Once you have followed Step 1 above, and obtained a decision from CORU, click below to apply to Tusla for one of our positions:


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