Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency


        FAQs      2023 Graduates

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 submit your application below to our Social Work Graduate Programme.

  What we Offer as your Employer of Choice

  • Profession Based Learning
  • Protected Caseload – your caseload will only grow as your experience grows
  • Transfer Options to other counties throughout Ireland
  • After 2 years, you can apply for a career break for 1 year with an option to return to Tusla
  • Paid Maternity Leave
  • Family Friendly Working Policies
  • Health Services Credit Union
  • Flu Vaccinations at work
  • Cycle to Work
  • Tax Saver Commuter Schemes
  • 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

  Who can apply 

Applications are now open for social work students who are expecting to graduate in 2022 with the following:

  1. Be expecting to graduate from a BA or Masters Social Work course in 2022
  2. Be eligible to apply for CORU registration upon receipt of your qualification in 2022
  3. Must have the requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability and professional ability) for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.

  Application Process

                                                 Recruitment Process

                                                 *Click here for competency based interview guidelines

  Step 1 - Click below to apply via our recruitment portal

                                                                           Apply now


 Frequently Asked Questions:



Where can I apply for this campaign?


Apply via our recruitment portal



Where can I find out more information about 2022 Graduate Opportunities in Tusla?


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



When will interviews take place?


Immediately - You will receive at least one weeks' notice of your interview time and date.



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 Graduate team 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.



I am interested in working for Tusla but would not be ready to commence employment immediately, can I still apply for the 2022 Graduate Opportunities campaign? If no, what are my options?


You can apply to the rolling campaign on our website and this will enable you to take up employment at a later date - https://www.tusla.ie/about/careers-in-tusla/

N.B It is important to note, the graduate campaign is for students graduating in 2022 who are readily available for immediate employment once they have completed their college course.



Do I need to be available immediately to start in a job once formally offered?


Yes, these posts must be filled urgently.



Can I commence without CORU registration?



However, you must have proof of your application to CORU and be able to show you have commenced your registration process.



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, police clearance and CORU.


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 there jobs available all over Ireland?


Yes, the jobs will be throughout all of Ireland.

There will be more posts available in some areas than others i.e Dublin region.



Are the jobs available permanent?


All posts available will be permanent pensionable posts.



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


When submitting your application, we will ask for one Region to be selected, you can then pick multiple Areas within this region. 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.




Testimonial - KateOpen Quote I applied for a position in Tusla through the Graduate Programme in 2021.

I found the process very easy as Tusla had a step- by- step guide for every stage of the of the recruitment process and this was strongly supported by the Tusla HR staff.

I was successful in the interviews, and I am now part of the Child Protection Team in Dublin South Central. Working with Tusla has been an extremely positive experience and I feel very supported and encouraged by my wider team and my team leader. I am grateful that Tusla had launched the Graduate Programme whilst I was still in university as it was a great opportunity for me as a student and enabled me to seek a social work position before I had even finished my studies, which meant I did not have to wait for months until after I qualified to look for employment. I feel very fulfilled, supported, and appreciated in my role as a Child Protection Social Worker, and I would highly recommend coming through the Graduate Programme to other students who are preparing to complete their studies Close Quote


Open Quote I started working for Tusla on 14th September 2021 in Children in Care Team, Swords Airside. Probably most of you have been discouraged to work for Tusla based on hearsay or perhaps what you have heard from the news. I was the same.

I realised that there is no such thing as a perfect workplace or a perfect manager. Since I started working for Tusla, I can say that I have gained a deeper knowledge and understanding of what a Social Worker is and the life of a Social Worker. I am getting the support and supervision I need. Thank you to my Team Leader who has been there since day one and I cannot thank her enough and to my colleagues. I am only new in the profession, but I have learned so much already. I believe Tusla gives you that grounding and the experience is worth it.  Close Quote

Tusla’s focus on keeping children safe, and empowering families means that ongoing training and education of our social workers and social care workers is a key priority.

Our organisation needs staff who are trained to provide assistance in a kind and respectful way. It is vital, therefore, that we support universities in their training by providing students with high-quality placements alongside committed practice educators who will guide them through experiential learning.

Please click here for further detail on this and hear about all of the positive feedback from our students…….


Calling all 2023 Social Work Graduates

Email graduatepqsw@tusla.ie to sign-up and receive information about our 2023 recruitment programme


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