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New Directions Social Care are recruiting for a Senior Support Worker to work in a children’s residential service based in Wiltshire.

The service is a small residential service catering for children aged between 8 and 12 years old, that may display challenging behaviour.

This is an ideal role for an individual that has previous senior or long term experience working within children’s services.

Due to the location of the role a car driver is essential.

Main Aspects of the role are as follows:

·         To lead a shift when the manager is not present.

·         To work as on-call manager, also when on call working to fill in gaps in staffing.

·         To maintain systems to ensure effective communication and team work within the home.

·         Contribute to the policy formulation and development of services.

·         To work closely with new staff, guiding them through their probation and working as a mentor to allow them to shadow.

·         To undertake management duties such as rotas, activity planners and menus.

Additional Information

The role of a Children’s Residential Support Worker

Children’s Residential Support Workers look after the physical and mental wellbeing of children in care. Children living in a residential care home need the same kind of support and care that all children and young people need, in order to achieve the best they can in terms of their health, education and all aspects of their development.

As a residential support worker you will need to gain the trust of children and young people who for a variety of reasons need to use residential care to help them deal with issues affecting their lives. The work involves being a role model, developing good relationships and guiding children and young people in their learning, life skills and personal development. You will have an individual responsibility to comply with statutory child protection processes and make sure that children are kept safe from harm.

You’ll need:

  • the ability to get on with people of all ages and backgrounds and gain their trust;
  • tact, patience and understanding;
  • mental strength, to cope with challenging situations and clients.

To work in children’s homes, you must be at least 18 years old and at least 4 years older than the oldest child in the home. For this reason, many of these jobs carry a minimum age restriction of 21.

Children's Residential Support Workers will be required to hold or complete the relevant Level 3 qualification in Children & Young people.

In Wales, Residential Child Care Managers and Workers must register with the Care Council in order to practise.

Please contact New Directions Social Care for more information on this job vacancy, on 0117 314 3512, or use our form below to enquire about this job vacancy.

Last modified: 10th July 2018

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