Senior Residential Care Worker
PROFILE: To be responsible to the Registered Manager as a member of the staff team for the direct day-to-day care of the children and other supportive tasks and duties.
MAIN DUTIES Professional Child Care Practice
• To be accountable for the safe running of the home during shift leading
• Being responsible for the organising of the house and the shift including day to day management and delegation to RCW’s
• Supervising RCW’s
• To provide primary basic care and a nurturing, (therapeutic) environment and ensure that all shifts reflect this practice
• To be a positive role model for the child and encourage the child to develop meaningful relationships and attachments.
• To contribute to the normal development of the children to enable them to reach their fullest potential by providing a stimulating and varied lifestyle.
• To work with firm and consistent boundaries in order to create safety and containment for the children.
• To work with children and young people who because of past trauma display extreme challenging behaviour.
• To work alongside the child to help develop a true sense of identity and feel of self worth.
• To work alongside the Registered Manager/Social worker to provide a comprehensive history of a child’s life.
• To be able to identify signs of distress or abuse, and to ensure that children are monitored and protected.
• To be sensitive to the needs of individual children, taking account of race, culture, language and religion
• To talk and listen to children, and to observe their behaviour, and record significant features
• To be aware of the child’s rights and to work in an anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive manner.
• To work effectively alongside other team members to ensure the child develops in a caring and consistent environment/atmosphere.
• To liaise, where necessary, with other professionals, i.e. schools, social services etc.
• To help child to integrate into mainstream school and social activities.
• To work alongside therapists to enable effective integration of care and therapy.
• To work with child and prospective carers to ensure child’s successful integration into a family when placed.
• To assist in preparation for reviews, meetings and attend these.
• To be a key worker of a child
• To perform ad hoc tasks as and when required.