Support Worker to join a team in Northwood, HA6
We are the HR Department for our Clients. The family are looking for support workers to care for their daughter in their own home – direct employment
We are looking for female Support Workers* to join our small home care team to care for a 10 year old girl with Cerebral Palsy and associated complex needs in her family home in permanent roles.You will often be working with another Support Worker.A full, clean UK drivers licence is essential and you will drive the client’s adapted vehicle.
She is an exuberant and extremely sociable young girl with a great sense of humour who thoroughly enjoys, playing games, cooking, arts/crafts and pursuing her leisure interests of skiing, sailing, swimming and theme parks.
We are looking for Support Workers who have a fun energetic personality and can keep up with a dynamic young girl. You must be experienced in supporting children with special needs, in particular with a child who has both physical and communication difficulties. You will have a positive outlook and be willing to learn about the child’s particular needs.Support Workers will be punctual and respectful of working in a family home and environment.
*Exemption is claimed under the Equality Act 2010
An enhanced DBS certificate is a requirement, criminal convictions may not necessarily prevent employment.
Please provide your CV when applying
JOB DESCRIPTION AND PERSON SPEC
JOB TITLE: Family Support Worker
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISORS: Parents
PAY: Week days £14 per hour, Weekends and bank holidays £16.00 per hour
SHIFTS: Talk to us if these shifts don’t suit. For the right person …
Weekends and school holidays: 8am to 5pm, 9am to 5pm, 5pm to 9pm and 5pm to 10pm.
Term time: weekdays (Monday to Friday) various shifts between 6.45am to 11am and 2.30pm to 10pm.
MAIN SCOPE OF THE SUPPORT WORKER JOB:
To provide personal care, support and stimulating environment for the client. Undertake tasks as detailed in the care plans. Ensure the highest “quality of life” for the client both in her home and elsewhere.
MAIN DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE SUPPORT WORKER
As a member of staff:
- Work with client, professionals and family to undertake duties required in a support worker role and as requested by the client, family and case manager
- To be a professional member of the support worker team, supporting colleagues as necessary
- To ensure that colleagues are fully informed of recent developments at handover time
- Be aware of issues of safeguarding and alert case manager to any concerns regarding the client’s safety and wellbeing
- Be reliable and punctual; alert the family, at the earliest possible opportunity, if unable to attend for work in an emergency or in case of illness.
- To maintain expected high standards of care and report to the others on duty any breaches in professional practice, and/or inform parents or case manager
- Participate in meetings called by the parents and / or case manager
- In conjunction with parents and case manager, to be involved in supervision and appraisal to monitor personal and professional development.
Direct work with the client:
- To ensure individual needs of the child are met, at all times ensuring her safety, and that routines are arranged so that the client’s needs are paramount.
- To contribute to the planning of a programme of care and treatment to meet the child’s needs. To prepare feedback and reports as required and participate in meetings, e.g. planning meetings and case conferences if appropriate.
- To ensure client confidentiality at all times in record keeping and discussions concerning client.
- To ensure dignity and respect and privacy are maintained at all times for her and her family.
- To ensure that all duties will require negotiation and agreement with the parents.
- To encourage her to live as full, active and comfortable a life as possible, planning and arranging social and recreational activities within the home and in the local community, taking into account her health and medical condition. To ensure that in such planning the parents play as full a part as possible in the day to day running of the client’s situation.
- When required, to support the family during holiday periods at home and possibly abroad; this is negotiable. On occasional days and weekends when parents are away to take responsibility for the sole charge of the child.
- To offer her stimulation and opportunities for interactive and explorative play, taking into account her medical and health condition.
- To liaise with external agencies as requested by the parents or Case Manager in relation to the individual needs of the child (Medical Professionals, Pharmacy, G.P., Physiotherapist, Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapists, Educational Services, etc.).
- To assist with all aspects of personal care and daily living for her once training has been given.
- To monitor medical supplies and, if running low, notify the parents so that the stock can be replenished.
- To assist her with exercises and treatment as instructed by any identified therapist or her parents.
- To have particular regard to the monitoring of the health of the child, this could change significantly and rapidly.
- To maintain patience and calmness at all times and, following guidelines given, act on own initiative to deal with circumstances to the best of your ability. This may, on occasions, necessitate emergency treatment or admission to hospital.
- Administer any medication prescribed as agreed with the family and keep a written record of all drugs administered as per the Medication Policy.
- To provide a daily written handover record of input with the child, also to record any changes in her presentation and feedback to family and staff members in the communication book.
- To provide high standards of cleanliness, comfort and homeliness at all times.
- To undertake some household duties as and when necessary relating to the child and the areas she accesses within the home; also to assist with the cleaning of specific equipment and resources.
- To work with her family and friends. This may involve the highest degree of sensitivity and insight into family dynamics.
- Show sensitivity and consideration when working in the client’s home, respecting her family’s personal boundaries and privacy and interacting as appropriate with her siblings.
- To be imaginative and creative in finding new interests and activities for and with the client.
- To act as an empathetic and caring companion to the client.
- Ensure that all duties are carried out to the highest possible standard and that the welfare of the client is paramount at all times.
- To be individually accountable for standards of professional practice.
- In an emergency and in case of illness, to be flexible and to stand in for other staff members.
- To be open to and willing to obtain additional training to at least HSC Level 2.
- Comply with relevant legislation and operational guidelines.
- To undertake any other related duties commensurate with the general level of responsibility of the post.
- Be willing not to smoke during your hours of duty.
- Excellent references and enhanced DBS
- Experience of working with children with special needs, especially a child with complex physical difficulties.
- Willing to partake in training sessions and use new information in your role as Support Worker.
- Be physically fit to participate in the client’s therapeutic activities.
- Be physically able to support moving and handling needs.
- Ability to assist sensitively with intimate personal care and support client in developing her own skills and awareness.
- Able to cope with a busy family household and work with our client’s family in a sensitive and positive manner, also with her siblings.
- Able to demonstrate a positive interest and attitude to working with a child with special needs, fostering choice, independence and confidence.
- Commitment to non-discriminatory practice and to social inclusion.
- Awareness of safeguarding and the rights of young people.
- Able to use initiative to provide energetic, constructive and creative play activities.
- Able to commit to agreed hours, attending punctually and reliably.
- Able to be flexible, energetic, fun and lively, and support the client’s and family’s chosen lifestyle and interests.
- Flexibility to vary hours to reflect college and holiday routines, and to attend occasional meetings and supervision.
- Willing and able to take the client out, both at home and abroad, to places of interest, offering a safe and secure routine.
- Able to listen wholeheartedly to assist the client to use her emerging and developing communication skills.
- Able to assist with all household tasks and duties as requested by the client’s parents
- Be able and willing to work using own initiative but also collaboratively as part of a team.
- Resourceful, self-motivated and calm in order to deal competently with any challenges that arise when working alone.
- Able to follow through on recommendations made by the therapy, medical and school professionals involved with the client.
- Sound basis education with good written and effective verbal communication skills to facilitate the documentation of accurate records of your work with the client.
- Commitment to be actively involved in regular supervision, appraisal and personal development
- Characteristics – good sense of humour, dedication, flexibility, professional, respectful, adaptable.
- Able to maintain confidentiality during all discussions and documentation.
- Above all, to provide our client with a high quality of care, support and fun!
- Health and Social Care / Certificate for the Children & Young People’s Workforce.
- Flexibility to work occasional additional hours in order to join in particular activities.
- Ability to use and understand Makaton.
- Be able to accompany the family on occasional weekends away and for occasional family holidays in the UK and possibly abroad.
Some of our other clients are looking for you in different locations. Contact us!
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