Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

        Social Care Worker Graduate Recruitment 2023


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 andcommunities across Ireland please submit your application below to our Social Care Worker Graduate Programme.

  What are Tusla's Residential and Special Care services?

Tusla operates a mixture of Residential and Special Care Services for young people who are in need of out of home care.  These services are located throughout Ireland and operate within Tusla Children’s Residential Services structure.  The mix of residential services include community based residential units, respite services for young people who people in danger of family breakdown, residential services for separated children seeking international protection as well as Special Care Services for young people under the care of the High Court.  Tusla’s Residential Services are inspected or regulated by HIQA and are supported through a regional management structure. 

Tusla’s Residential Services are managed and supported by fully qualified staff teams who continually strive for best practice.  Staff supports include continuous professional development, both mandatory and bespoke training.  Supervision is undertaken through the management structure by qualified Social Care Managers and Leaders trained in supervision.  Professional debriefing and clinical counselling is available through occupational health. 

Career progression occurs as there is a management structure which includes, Social Care Leader grades, Deputy Social Care Managers, Social Care Managers, Deputy Regional Managers and Regional Managers.


  What we Offer as your Employer of Choice

Salary starting at €35,485 and paid holidays starting at 22 days

  • Tusla Health, Wellbeing and Employee Assistance Programme
  • Employee Assistance and Counselling Service
  • Occupational Health Service
  • Health Promotion
  • Wellbeing Ambassadors
  • Health & Wellbeing Bulletins
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Health Benefits Portal
  • Paid Maternity Leave
  • Family Friendly Working Policies
  • Health Services Credit Union
  • Flu Vaccinations at work
  • Cycle to Work
  • Tax Saver Commuter Schemes
  • Flexible work arrangement with a transfer options to other location throughout Ireland for staff after one year of permanent employment
  • After 2 years, you can apply for a career break for 1 year with an option to return to Tusla

  Who can apply 

Applications are now open for social care work students who are expecting to graduate in 2023 with the following:

  • Ordinary Bachelors Degree in Social Care
  • Honours Bachelors Degree in Social Care
  • Honours Bachelors Degree  in Social Care Practice
  • Ordinary Bachelors Degree in Applied Social Studies- Professional Social Care Practice
  • Honours Bachelors Degree in Social Care- Applied Social Studies in Professional Social Care
  • Higher Diploma in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) Level 8


2. Must have the requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability and professionalability) for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.


  Application Process

Application Process

*Click here for competency based interview guidelines

  Step 1 - Complete the online application form by click below

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 Frequently Asked Questions:



When can I apply for the 2023 graduate campaign?


Apply via our recruitment portal.



Where do I apply?


You will be able to apply for the campaign via our Tusla candidate portal- here 



Where can I find out more information about 2023 Graduates Opportunity in Tusla?


We will be holding a number of information sessions for all students graduating in 2023. These sessions will give you an opportunity to see what it is like to work with Tusla and will also include a Q&A session. Dates for these sessions can be found here (link)

If you would like to speak to someone directly regarding a query, you can email address socialcaregraduate@tusla.ie  and a member of the team will get back to you.



When will interviews take place?


Interviews will commence in early 2023.



When should I expect to commence employment if I am successful at interview?


The hiring process (onboarding and pre recruitment checks) will be managed efficiently by a dedicated Tusla Recruit Team member, however, we will need your commitment and support to achieve these quick timelines. We would encourage students to get ahead of this and organise the documents required so they are ready to go once a post has been formally accepted.



Can you tell me more about the recruitment process?



This will consist of a competency-based interview that will take place after you have submitted your application. Once you pass your competency-based interview you will then receive an order of merit which is based on your results from interview.


You will be liaising with the Tusla Recruit Team, and they will create a file for you with all of your paperwork. This will include – 3 references, occupational health assessment, Garda Vetting checks, birth cert, copy of your qualifications, international police clearance.


Once all clearances from the onboarding stage have been completed and approved we will then agree your start date and issue you with a contract outlining your terms of employment with Tusla Child and Family Agency.



Are the jobs available permanent?


The current vacancies available are permanent/temporary and whole time/part-time. 

The tenure of these posts will be indicated at “expression of interest” stage for each individual post.



Are these jobs available all over Ireland?


The jobs will be throughout all of Ireland in Children Residential Services Units and Special Care Units. The exact location of posts will be confirmed at offer stage. However, there will be more posts available in some area than others, i.e., Greater Dublin Area.



Can I apply for more than one region on the application?


When submitting your application, we will ask for one Region to be selected. If this then changes when the list of jobs is sent out, you can express an interest in other regions and areas but not until after your interview stage.

If you submit more than one application, this will only result in your getting invites to interview twice which is not require or necessary

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