- Location: Gloucestershire - South West
- Job Type: Permanent
- Sector: Children's Residential
- Job Ref: KK
- Salary: From £17,000 per annum
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New Directions Social Care are currently recruiting for an experienced Support Worker to work in a residential school in the Thornbury area.
This opportunity is a permanent position working with young people, who have complex needs, that include Autism. The role would be working in a residential school offering a therapeutic approach to learning.
Located in Thornbury this school aims to offer pupils a safe and secure environment. The contracted hours are 42.5 hours a week, shift rotation, no nights and 8 weeks paid holiday which include Bank Holidays.
Our client is seeking individuals who have a keen understanding of working with children who have Special Educational Needs and have a passion for therapeutic support.
Main Aspects of the role are as follows:
· Liaise with House Coordinator and Team Leaders daily and when necessary.
· Inform senior care staff of significant events such as illnesses, accidents, incidents, concerns etc. as soon as practicable.
· Inform senior care staff of any changes in behaviour or health, which may affect the general well-being of the pupil.
· Accompany pupils to medical appointments as required.
· Organise leisure and free time activities for pupils.
· Ensure incidents and accidents are recorded and signed by House Coordinator.
· Ensure all pupils records such as weight charts etc are filled in on a regular basis.
· Organise laundry for the house.
· Meet with senior and all house care staff once a week or when required.
· Be prepared to support in school as required.
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.
- 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: 9th July 2018