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Residential Support Worker
Responsible to: Registered manager, deputy manager, senior staff
Qualifications and experience required
Hold the Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare or a qualification the registered manager considers to be equivalent, if the employee does not hold this qualification it must be completed within 2 years of their start date.
The person must have the appropriate skills and experience for the work they are to perform.
Purpose of post
Provide high quality care to young people in a residential setting, ensuring this is consistent and boundaries. Fulfil the registered managers vision for the home on a daily basis to meet the needs of the young people.
To assist in the smooth running of the home, being part of a multidisciplinary team promoting a warm, caring, safe and enjoyable environment.
To know and follow the complaints procedures, reporting complaints or untoward occurrences to management whether it be from public, staff or children.
To recognise the needs of the service provided by adopting a flexible attitude to work routines and shift patterns.
To liaise with management and colleagues regarding issues within the home. Updating on progress, or difficulties in relation to staff, or children and to advise if management intervention is needed.
Have the ability to communicate clearly, orally, written and IT.
To know, understand, follow and promote the homes anti-discriminatory practice procedures.
To attend staff supervision and staff meetings. To make use of all available training and staff development opportunities.
To ensure domestic standards such as cooking and cleaning are set and monitored in such a fashion as to set a good example to the children.
To promote the health, safety and welfare of all children, including the promotion of their physical, intellectual, social, behavioural and moral development to enable them to mature and develop as responsible members of the community.
To carry out personal care for children when needed.
Ensure medical and dental treatments are arranged as necessary and complete the relevant forms for the files.
Liaise with family and other agencies to gather information to assist in assessing the needs of children.To discuss with them the philosophy of the home.
To provide a stimulating environment for children and participate in their activities.
To know, use and promote the homes child protection procedures at all times; developing a good awareness of child protection issues, assessing and recording risk. Â Reporting any child protection issues. Protecting each child and the group by providing supervision and control appropriate to their age and understanding.
To provide security within relationships based on respect and trust and provide appropriate boundaries.
Monitoring ones own behaviour and being aware of the effects it can have.
Undertaking key-worker/co-worker roles and being responsible for the welfare of specific children.
Maintaining daily records e.g. personal files, completing the daily log and all other logs etc contemporaneously and accurately.
Working in partnership with colleagues and other professionals to establish a programme to change childrens behaviour patterns and attitudes when such behaviours are unacceptable or anti-social.
Prepare and participate in care plans and reviews on children and produce reports for reviews, court etc.
To prepare individual risk assessment and placement plans for children.
Ensuring an atmosphere of safety for all concerned, where the individual child is fully aware that staff are there to comfort them through the use of good communication skills and relationships.
Teaching mutual respect for peers and staff.
A DBS on the update is required for this position. Please send your CV to [email protected]