Therapeutic Child Care Worker
At Adapt Recruit, we are currently looking for caring and enthusiastic individuals for a residential children’s service passed in Hove. The position is a full time permanent position providing support to 8-18 year olds with Emotional and Behavioural difficulties, challenging behaviour and mental health concerns. To be considered for this position you must be able to work x5, 8 hour shifts per week, including weekends and bank holidays. You will also be required to do at least 2 sleep-ins per month.
- Sound knowledge of good child care practice and child development
- A reasonable standard of education
- A stable and balanced personality able to work under pressure
- Insight into the needs of young people living in the care system
- A commitment to delivering a high standard of quality care and nurture to vulnerable young people.
- A willingness to undertake further training and professional development in the areas of therapeutic child care and related areas
- The ability to organise a workload in a clear and structured manner with agreed timescales
- Good interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a wider team
- Confidence to use own initiative when appropriate
- The ability to adopt a flexible approach to the work and the working conditions
- Good written and oral communication skills
- Ability to communicate effectively at all levels
- Willingness to participate in training programmes
- Satisfactory pre employment checks
- Assume responsibility for a designated additional area of work carried out in the home.
- Immediately alerting the Unit Manager and/ or Director of any concerns regarding inappropriate or unacceptable practice occurring within the home, the organisation or external agencies.
- Delivering the therapeutic practice approach carried out at the home.
- Actively maintain the environment of the home to a high standard including carrying out domestic duties and laundry.
- Assisting with the provision of play, creativity and activities within the home, including celebrations and festivities.
- Assisting in maintaining effective care and control of the young people through use of appropriately authorised restraint and control techniques (following completion of training courses).
- Compiling and contributing to reports and other documents as required.
- Acting as a Key Worker and advocate to the young people in our care
- Managing the young person’s individual file.
- Liaising with all relevant professionals and interested parties including the team and manager of the home, on any decisions affecting the care plan of the young person.
- Forming meaningful working relationships with the young person.
- Weekly key work session with key child, and responsibility for informing the young person of decisions affecting their care plans and lives.
- Ensuring the young person is provided with all necessary clothing and equipment
- Preparing review reports and monthly summaries of individual logs.
- Attending internal and external meetings and forums as necessary.
- Fully participating in the formal process of supervision.
- A minimum of 1-year proven experience gained in the field of residential child care.
- A reasonable understanding and awareness of current child care legislation.
- A reasonable level of competency in the use of word-processing and computers.
- Full UK driving licence.