Job summary

Do you want to make a genuine difference in a young persons life? Are you passionate and driven to do the best for children and their families? Are you looking for a career where youll be fully supported, trained and where youll achieve an NVQ Level 3 or Level 4 in Health & Social Care for Children and Young People whilst you work? Are you looking for an employer who values you and can offer you career pathways and opportunities to progress if you choose to? Then welcome to Worcestershire Children First!

Main duties of the job

To be a Residential Support Worker you need to be ambitious for young people. Youll be working directly with them day to day, building relationships with them and their families whilst offering a safe and caring environment in order to help them achieve their goals. Therefore were looking for the right people to join us. So whether youve always wanted to work with young people or youre looking for a career change this could be exactly the opportunity youve been looking for.

Take a look at the supporting documents to get a feel for the role and the type of person were looking for and if you have any questions or would like to have an informal chat, feel free to give one of our Team Managers a call (Bev Harris 01527 575710 or Stuart Hart 01905 845172).

Were looking to add to our teams in Bromsgrove, Kidderminster and Evesham and can offer full time (37 hour) or part time opportunities to fit around you where possible and in addition to the salary, we have some other fantastic benefits.

About us

A little about our homes

Bromsgrove Short Breaks

Bromsgrove Short Breaks is an established Ofsted registered short breaks overnight service for children and young people with physical, complex health needs and learning disability.

Kidderminster Short breaks

Kidderminster short breaks provides specialist day and overnight care for children and young people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour across Worcestershire, and was recently crowned winner of the Adolescent & Child Health Care Award

Vale Lodge

Vale Lodge, Evesham, is home to up to four young people with disabilities who require continued care and support 24hours a day. Engaging with these young people daily to help them to achieve their potential and develop and prepare for adulthood.

Date posted

14 November 2022

Pay scheme

Other

Salary

Depending on experience Up to £27,852 per annum plus sleep ins

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time, Job share

Reference number

F0091-22-5341

Job locations

Worcestershire County Council

Spetchley Road

Worcester

WR5 2NP

Vale Lodge

Four Pools Lane

Evesham

Worcestershire

WR11 1BN

Childrens Respite Centre

1 Moule Close

Kidderminster

Worcestershire

DY11 6AL

Bromsgrove Short Breaks

Providence Road

Bromsgrove

Worcestershire

B61 8EF

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Activities& Responsibilities:

  • To work directly and provide high standards of care for children and young people with social emotional and behavioral difficulties, and/or learning difficulties and autism
  • To work with children and young people where the assessed risk of harm to themselves or others is high and where living at home or in a family based placement would be at high risk of breakdown, providing a safe care and environment to reduce and manage risk to self and others presented by the child or young person.
  • To work directly with children and young people to build relationships andresilience to support reunification or successful transition to a family based care arrangement or supported living placement.
  • Direct working with birth families and foster carers to understand the child and young people needs and support the building of relationships to support the step down transition from residential placements progression of children’s care plansand permanence.
  • To work in partnership with professionals and as a team member within the home in order to bring about change in and successful outcomes for the child or young person.
  • To provide childcare practice that is informed therapeutically and/or through evidenced based interventions including Attachment -DDP and PACE, Signs of Safety and Brief Solution Focused Therapy
  • Responsible for providing high standards of childcare and promoting good childcare practice, in accordance with the Quality Standards, Children’s Home Regulations and Departmental standards, policy and procedure.
  • Form trusting and authentic relationships with children and young people that will support the their own personal development, self-esteem and ability to build positive relationships now and in the future
  • Provide routine, consistency and age appropriate boundaries and be a role model for children and young people as well as family members
  • Support all children and young people to learn age appropriate independence skills for later life.
  • To ensure that the targets and outcomes that are assigned to residential workers are achieved
  • Contribute to meetings and written reports, plans, risk assessments that are individualised for each child and support a clear framework for practice, progress and positive outcomes
  • Support all aspects of children’s development and progress including health and well-being, education, employment, family time and relationships
  • Be responsible for complying with policies and procedures and legislation in relation to children’s homes
  • Ensure any safeguarding concerns relating to a child or any member of staff or visitor within the home are reported immediately to a manager verbally and followed up in writing.
  • Generic Accountabilities:

  • To maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job, participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training
  • To undertake other such duties, training and/or hours of work as may be reasonably required and which are consistent with the general level of responsibility of this job
  • To undertake health and safety duties commensurate with the job and/or as detailed in the Directorates Health and Safety Policy
  • The duties described in this job description must be carried out in a manner which promotes equality of opportunity, dignity and due respect for all employees and service users and is consistent with the Councils Equality and Diversity Policy
  • Working with some vulnerable children, young people and adults can, at times, be emotionally challenging for which appropriate support will be provided through management supervision. The post holder must be able to deal with such mental demands.
  • Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Main Activities& Responsibilities:

  • To work directly and provide high standards of care for children and young people with social emotional and behavioral difficulties, and/or learning difficulties and autism
  • To work with children and young people where the assessed risk of harm to themselves or others is high and where living at home or in a family based placement would be at high risk of breakdown, providing a safe care and environment to reduce and manage risk to self and others presented by the child or young person.
  • To work directly with children and young people to build relationships andresilience to support reunification or successful transition to a family based care arrangement or supported living placement.
  • Direct working with birth families and foster carers to understand the child and young people needs and support the building of relationships to support the step down transition from residential placements progression of children’s care plansand permanence.
  • To work in partnership with professionals and as a team member within the home in order to bring about change in and successful outcomes for the child or young person.
  • To provide childcare practice that is informed therapeutically and/or through evidenced based interventions including Attachment -DDP and PACE, Signs of Safety and Brief Solution Focused Therapy
  • Responsible for providing high standards of childcare and promoting good childcare practice, in accordance with the Quality Standards, Children’s Home Regulations and Departmental standards, policy and procedure.
  • Form trusting and authentic relationships with children and young people that will support the their own personal development, self-esteem and ability to build positive relationships now and in the future
  • Provide routine, consistency and age appropriate boundaries and be a role model for children and young people as well as family members
  • Support all children and young people to learn age appropriate independence skills for later life.
  • To ensure that the targets and outcomes that are assigned to residential workers are achieved
  • Contribute to meetings and written reports, plans, risk assessments that are individualised for each child and support a clear framework for practice, progress and positive outcomes
  • Support all aspects of children’s development and progress including health and well-being, education, employment, family time and relationships
  • Be responsible for complying with policies and procedures and legislation in relation to children’s homes
  • Ensure any safeguarding concerns relating to a child or any member of staff or visitor within the home are reported immediately to a manager verbally and followed up in writing.
  • Generic Accountabilities:

  • To maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job, participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training
  • To undertake other such duties, training and/or hours of work as may be reasonably required and which are consistent with the general level of responsibility of this job
  • To undertake health and safety duties commensurate with the job and/or as detailed in the Directorates Health and Safety Policy
  • The duties described in this job description must be carried out in a manner which promotes equality of opportunity, dignity and due respect for all employees and service users and is consistent with the Councils Equality and Diversity Policy
  • Working with some vulnerable children, young people and adults can, at times, be emotionally challenging for which appropriate support will be provided through management supervision. The post holder must be able to deal with such mental demands.
  • Person Specification

    Qualifications

    Essential

  • Successfully Achieved NVQ Level 3 – Children and Young People or Equivalent, or:
  • Already registered and working towards NVQ Level 3 – Children and Young People and will subsequently achieve the qualification within 15 months from commencing the course.
  • Desirable

  • First Aid
  • Basic Food Hygiene
  • Additional Factors:

    Essential

  • The ability to work as part of the Residential Home team.
  • Sets and maintains the highest standards in professional relationships.
  • The ability to work outside of normal office hours, and at weekends and holidays.
  • Commitment to equality of opportunity and the ability to demonstrate that commitment through employment practice and in the delivery of services.
  • Demonstrably child and young person centric, outward looking and outcome focused.
  • Desirable

  • Energetic and Enthusiastic.
  • Enjoys working as part of a team.
  • A strong belief in continuous improvement.
  • A commitment to professional updating and personal development.
  • Skills & Abilities:

    Essential

  • Ability to relate to young people.
  • Ability to understand and work with young people who present challenging behaviour.
  • Ability to understand their own duty of care, to safeguard and promote the interests of young people and challenge inappropriate practices.
  • An ability to analyse and reflect on their own practice, to be accountable for their own behaviour and the consequences of their own actions.
  • The ability to demonstrate an understanding of own Self, their self motivation and the impact of their own personal experiences.
  • The ability to use the authority, power and control inherent in this role to enhance the capacity of Young People and be appropriately assertive.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • The ability to work under pressure.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to engage and communicate effectively with families and other
  • agencies.
  • IT skills.
  • Desirable

  • Ability to engage, communicate, and work effectively with families and staff from other agencies and disciplines.
  • Experience

    Essential

  • Experience of working with young people.
  • Knowledge of child development.
  • Understanding of Confidentiality.
  • Understanding of the effects of separation and loss in young people and the implications of those caring for them.
  • Desirable

  • Experience of working with children and/or young adults in a residential setting.
  • Knowledge of relevant Child Care legislation.
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety legislation.
  • Knowledge of the effective use of Care Plans.
  • Person Specification

    Qualifications

    Essential

  • Successfully Achieved NVQ Level 3 – Children and Young People or Equivalent, or:
  • Already registered and working towards NVQ Level 3 – Children and Young People and will subsequently achieve the qualification within 15 months from commencing the course.
  • Desirable

  • First Aid
  • Basic Food Hygiene
  • Additional Factors:

    Essential

  • The ability to work as part of the Residential Home team.
  • Sets and maintains the highest standards in professional relationships.
  • The ability to work outside of normal office hours, and at weekends and holidays.
  • Commitment to equality of opportunity and the ability to demonstrate that commitment through employment practice and in the delivery of services.
  • Demonstrably child and young person centric, outward looking and outcome focused.
  • Desirable

  • Energetic and Enthusiastic.
  • Enjoys working as part of a team.
  • A strong belief in continuous improvement.
  • A commitment to professional updating and personal development.
  • Skills & Abilities:

    Essential

  • Ability to relate to young people.
  • Ability to understand and work with young people who present challenging behaviour.
  • Ability to understand their own duty of care, to safeguard and promote the interests of young people and challenge inappropriate practices.
  • An ability to analyse and reflect on their own practice, to be accountable for their own behaviour and the consequences of their own actions.
  • The ability to demonstrate an understanding of own Self, their self motivation and the impact of their own personal experiences.
  • The ability to use the authority, power and control inherent in this role to enhance the capacity of Young People and be appropriately assertive.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • The ability to work under pressure.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to engage and communicate effectively with families and other
  • agencies.
  • IT skills.
  • Desirable

  • Ability to engage, communicate, and work effectively with families and staff from other agencies and disciplines.
  • Experience

    Essential

  • Experience of working with young people.
  • Knowledge of child development.
  • Understanding of Confidentiality.
  • Understanding of the effects of separation and loss in young people and the implications of those caring for them.
  • Desirable

  • Experience of working with children and/or young adults in a residential setting.
  • Knowledge of relevant Child Care legislation.
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety legislation.
  • Knowledge of the effective use of Care Plans.
  • Disclosure and Barring Service Check

    This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

    UK Registration

    Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

    Additional information

    Disclosure and Barring Service Check

    This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

    UK Registration

    Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

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