*** Closed for applications***

Participation Officer (Full-time)

We are EPIC

EPIC Empowering People In Care (EPIC) is a national Children’s Rights organisation working with and for children and young adults who are currently in care or who have experience of being in care. This includes those in residential care, foster care, relative care, high support, and special care units. EPIC also work with children and young adults preparing to leave care and those in aftercare services up to the age of 26.

Participation Officer

EPIC is seeking an enthusiastic, resourceful, and well-organised Participation Officer to contribute to the implementation of the organisation’s Strategic Plan 2022-2027.

This will involve working closely with other members of the Participation Team and EPIC’s Youth Councils, to develop and support opportunities for children and young people to have their voices heard on issues related to the care system at local and national level, and to inform EPIC’s research and policy work. The Participation Officer will support care-experienced children and young people to come together creatively and build a positive, supportive care community.

Main responsibilities

  • To work in close collaboration with other members of the Participation Team to develop and implement EPIC’s Participation and Engagement Strategy and the organisational Strategic Plan.
  • To develop and support opportunities for children and young people within the wider care community and those who have left care to participate and engage in individual and group projects, research, activities, events, media and campaigns.
  • To continue the development of EPIC’s Regional and National Youth Councils including the recruitment and support of Council members and the development of relevant structures, policies and protocols.
  • To network and establish strong relationships within the Youth and Community sector and broader civil society to increase awareness of and engagement with EPIC.
  • To collaborate with the Advocacy Team to ensure children and young people who use EPIC’s Advocacy Service are given opportunities to participate.
  • To collaborate with the Research and Policy Team to engage children and young people in research and/or policy consultations.
  • To collate data on participation and engagement and complete regular evaluations which measure impact, and use this information to make ongoing improvements where relevant
  • To participate as part of the EPIC team ensuring the values of the organisation are upheld at all times
  • To carry out other duties as may be required to meet organisational objectives, as agreed with your line manager.

Person Specification

Required skills and experience

Minimum of 5 years’ experience in Participation/ Child and Youth Engagement/ Community Outreach/Youth Work or similar role.

  • Third level qualification in a relevant area such as Youth Work, Social Work, Community Development, or equivalent.
  • Proven experience of engaging children and young people, including those who are harder to reach.
  • Proven track record of Project/Programme development.
  • Experience of strategic partnership working with a range of stakeholders.
  • Experience of working on own initiative and as part of a team.
  • Excellent organisational skills and proven ability to prioritise key tasks.
  • Excellent time management.
  • Current valid Driving License.
  • Willingness to undertake out of hours work and travel as required.


  • Knowledge of the Irish care system, youth mental health, education and justice systems.
  • Experience in developing training and outreach materials.
  • Experience using and navigating social media

Additional Information


This is a full-time post (35 hours per week) based at EPIC’s Dublin Office, with a six-month probationary period. Annual leave entitlement of 25 day per annum. Participation in the company pension scheme is matched by a 5% Employer contribution, commencing on completion of the probationary period.

Closing Date for applications

 5th December 2022



€35,000 to €40,000 (commensurate with experience)

Please note:

EPIC, Empowering People in Care believes in the value of a diverse workforce and encourages applications from people from all ethnic, cultural, religious, and social backgrounds: in particular, Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic and LGBTIQ+ people. We are trying to build a more diverse and representative workplace and environment.

This role will be flexible in line with EPIC’s current hybrid working model – requiring some office-based work and some remote work – within the working hours of the organisation.

It is envisaged that the post-holder will be flexible in using their own initiative to develop the role in line with the objectives and mission of EPIC.  The job description attached does not define all responsibilities within the role but offers a detailed overview of the role.

The post holder will also undertake training on Children First (Tusla e-learning programme) and always abide by this and by EPIC’s policies on child protection and welfare.

All roles within EPIC are subject to Garda Vetting.

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