Children's Support Worker
At Adapt Recruit we are currently looking for experienced children's support workers for our client based in Stoke-On-Trent. Our client provides residential children's home's that support children with Emotional Behavioural Difficulties and challenging behaviours.
Objectives of the post
- To provide a residential child-care service to the young people placed at the service, and to their families within the statutory requirements of the Sponsoring Authority.
- In as far as it is possible, to provide a home with the emotional, material and educational support required to ensure that the full potential of the young people placed at the service is attained, given their previous experiences.
- To provide a therapeutic environment, where the young people placed at the service can feel safe and cared for, whilst coming to terms with their previous and often damaging life experiences.
- To ensure that the welfare of the young people is the paramount consideration in the provision of the service, and to be prepared to be the advocate, comforter, or witness if so required by any of those young people.
Duties and Responsibilities
- To understand the mission, aims, value, ethos and work to the basic principles of the service as set out in the statements of purpose.
- To be part of a professional team providing the care and control of the residential group of young People living in the Companies Homes.
- To liaise and communicate with your senior colleagues or be responsible for the overall day to day running of the shift, when designated the responsibility of leading shift.
- To be prepared to work duties, sometimes at short notice, that ensure adequate cover of all establishments, and which will require sleeping-in duties, public holiday and weekend working.
- To assume the role of link worker to some of those young people placed at the service.
- To work in partnership with other colleagues on the staff team.
- To be responsible for keeping all necessary written reports both general and in relation to the young people.
- To attend court and to give evidence if required.
- To manage, budget and record all monies spent in the name of the company.
- To ensure that all records and monies are kept safe.
- To protect the confidentiality of the young people and their families.
- To supervise access visits where required.
- To attend meetings and appointments with, or on behalf of, the young people.
- To accompany the young people on holiday if required by the company.
- To provide advice and support to young people who wish to make a formal complaint.
- To promote anti-racist practices and equal opportunities services which take account of race, culture, religion, language, gender, sexual orientation or physical ability.
- To attend staff meetings and meeting with the companies Consultants as required and to contribute towards the development of the company.
- To be available for regular supervision, and be prepared to re-appraise professional performance.
- To participate in training as may be required or which may be necessary for professional development, including undertaking some study in personal time.
- To prepare food to comply with current hygiene legislation to ensure no contamination.
- To work therapeutically in accordance with the services therapeutic care approach.
- To work shifts which include sleep in shifts , evenings , weekend (sat and Sun) and bank holiday working, on a flexible rolling rota pattern , ( which may change to meet the needs of the service from time to time)To work flexibly when needed outside of rotared hours to support the young people and service.
Essential Job Requirements:
- Ability work as part of a team
- Basic understanding of the legal framework applying to residential childcare
- Ability to maintain professional boundaries at all times
- Ability to build constructive, caring, nurturing relationships with young people with complex needs
- Good standard of basic education and the ability to learn and translate theory into practice
- Desire to achieve the very best for the young people in your care
- Desire to enhance and develop personal skills to achieve high standard of care
- Must hold a full clean driving licence and be willing and able to drive short and long distances on all road types.
- Ability to work therapeutically in accordance with the services therapeutic care approach including ability to 'look beyond behaviour , to provide nurturing care and to understand the impact of self on others .
- Ability to work shifts which include sleep in shifts , evenings , weekend (sat and Sun) and bank holiday working, on a flexible rolling rota pattern , ( which may change to meet the needs of the service from time to time)and ability to work flexibly when needed outside of rotared hours to support the young people and service.
- NVQ Level 3 in childcare.
- Self management and professional discipline.
- Commitment and loyalty to the young people and the organisation.
- Good sense of humour.
- Good health record.
- Good timekeeping