Reference VR/1106
Location Ballyporeen Ireland.
Start date asap
Job Description

professional foster carers/house pedagogues

residential home for children  - Ireland

Qualification:   Degree in social pedagogy, pedagogy, social work with social pedagogy, social education

Role                 House Pedagogues / professional foster carers

A couple – married or partners or two people/friends who wish to live and work together

Location:          Ballyporeen (village) 20 minutes from Michelstown (town), 30 minutes motorway drive to Cork and 40 minutes motorway drive to Cork airport. Ballyporeen is in County Tipperary in Ireland.

Salary:             Euro 25,442.56 per person (Euro 50,885.12 per couple), based on up to 3 children in residence




This service comprises of two houses which are newly refurbished residential homes able to accommodate up to 4 young people, each with complex needs. The service aims to address areas of care such as, clinical intervention, living environment, education, therapeutic activity and family work.

This is a therapeutic community with a social pedagogical approach. There are currently 6 social pedagogues already employed by this organization.  

We are looking for two social care professionals to live in, either a married couple, partners, two friends who want to live and work together or two individuals. It is essential that at least one person is a qualified social pedagogue and the other person is social care qualified or has equivalent experience.

This role is similar to professional fostering and you will share the living space with the children for whom you care. You will run the home alongside the rest of the team, reporting to the Deputy Manager of the House and the Manager of the service. The team includes a range of professionals, including actitivity therapists.

Most children have experienced abuse and/or neglect and have other bio-psychosocial vulnerabilities, resulting in a range of emotional, social, behavioural problems and concerns about their and others’ wellbeing.

Clinical interventions include psychotherapy, cognitive-behaviour therapy, systemic family therapy, equine assisted therapy, activity based learning, psycho-education and a range of group interventions. Your role is to create a home for the children (age range is approximately 10 to 17 years old).

Blossom is a two storey house and is very well furnished and equipped. There is a kitchen/dining room, a separate sitting room and a snug, for private meetings with families/friends and for quiet times.

This is a rural area and has great views of the countryside and mountains. The clinic has a small farm holding on 7 acres of land, surrounded by forest. It is important that you are fully aware that this is a rural setting and that you are happy to engage with rural life to the full, including outdoor activities, some of which involve animal husbandry.

This is a growing, private company, where team work is extremely important.  We are looking for people who are open to assist in co-creating the service, have an open disposition and are excellent team-players.  Flexibility is key, particularly in relation to the work rota – see below.


Salary is outlined above.

Company vehicles are available, and you must have a full clean driving licence that is valid in Ireland, and be willing to drive in your work. We also recommend you would need your own vehicle, as public transport is limited.

You will have a standard 160 hours annual leave package, plus Bank Holidays.

It is envisaged your working pattern will be: 6 days working in house, 8 days out of house, 6 days in house and 8 days out of house – this 28 day cycle is repeated. Within these 28 days, you would work 12 days (6 days x 2 in the home).

This is a new working pattern that meets children and young people, staff and organisational needs. Flexibility is essential due to work pattern changes.

The day to day routine depends largely on the children and their needs. Your work is supported by other staff e.g. activity therapists, who are on-site typically 9am to 10pm, and entirely responsible for the young person during that time.

Activity therapists may, for example, take young people to engage in activities at the nearby farm, which has a kitchen and office / common room and games room. This means that generally, house pedagogues are working 5.00pm until bed-time, then breakfast in the morning. There is other work to be completed during the days, such as community meetings, professional meetings, training etc. The aim is provide a normal home experience for the children and young people.


  • Qualification in social pedagogy, or equivalent e.g. social education, or social work with social pedagogy
  • Excellent English
  • Experience working with children and young people with challenging behaviour in a residential home or fostering
  • Passion for delivering best practice to children and young people in care
  • Able to be a positive role model
  • Adaptability and flexibility, creativity and initiative
  • Willingness and ability to live in for part of the time
  • Willingness and apply social pedagogic principals and ways of working
  • Empathy and awareness
  • Able to manage resources, staff and facilities on site

 Next step:        

Please email your CV’s and letters of motivation to (we will only reply to those who meet the criteria above). Please quote vacancy reference.

Required Education Level social care professional
Qualifications Qualification in social pedagogy, or equivalent e.g. social education, or social work with social pedagogy
Duration permanent
Available Postions 2
Contact Name Abby Ladbrooke
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