To respond effectively to referrals to the residential home in line with established service priorities. To ensure that all packages of care and support are designed and implemented in partnership with parent(s) / carer(s) and individual children and that they are adequately planned, reviewed, and comply with statutory requirements and service processes.
To offer physical care, emotional support and social activities to children and young people attending the home, carrying out risk assessments for behaviour management and health care. To act as an advocate as required, attending to the complex health/emotional needs.
To take specific responsibility for key work systems for a number of young people attending the home, ensuring that information about their needs is kept up-to-date and liaising with their families/social workers/other agencies as part of the continuous assessment process. To consult children/young people with all aspects of their individual care plans, so that they are supported to make their own choices and they are able to participate in the service development.
To support young people in their transition from childhood into adulthood, by equipping them with life skills (i.e. cooking, cleaning, shopping, banking, budgeting, personal hygiene, and general social skills) through liaison with other professionals and supporting the child through the initial transition. Where required this support is continued through the outreach programme.
To act as a member of the staff team, supporting colleagues and being prepared to receive support as necessary. To participate in staff meetings as required. To provide staff with relevant information, for example, during handover, on developments, issues and behavioural changes during a period of duty.
You will have contact with Health Professionals, Police, Youth Justice, Pathways Team, private and voluntary agencies that provide a service to meet the young peoples’ unmet needs, when you take the children to attend appointments where appropriate according to age and ability of young person or if visiting the home…they will have contact with nursing staff such as the LAC nurse (Looked After Care) / District nurse/or CPN (Community Psychiatric Nurse) You will have contact with solicitors and court staff as they provide information for individual children within the care home. When following the care plan for individual children within the home they will have contact with various other professionals involved in their care such as: Care Managers, Pathway team, EDT (Emergency Duty Team), Fostering Services, Transitional Workers, Drugs and Alcohol Advisory Team. You will have contact with external providers such as Smoking Cessation, Sexual Health and Safe at Last teams. You will have contact with other areas within the company such as payroll and human resources. You will have regular contact with Diploma assessors either with regard to their own or colleagues training or when young people within the home are undertaking training. You will work with the Youth Offending Team and Police dealing with individual issues relating to children in the home or you may be called upon to be an appropriate adult for a young person user who is in attendance at the police station. They may have contact with residents from the neighbourhood, dealing with complaints or issues relating to the children in the home and members of the general public when accompanying children outside the service.
KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS
Under regulations with OFSTED all staff within the home must be qualified to Diploma Level 3 or higher. Therefore, it is a requirement that the post holder will have to attain a Diploma Level 3.
- Must have experience of working with children, young people and their families.
- Must have effective listening skills with the ability to communicate clearly orally and in writing.
- Ability to work within a team
- Effective organisational skills
- Ability to utilise negotiation skills
- Be aware and analyse situation accurately
- Willingness to respond appropriately and deal effectively with challenging behaviour, including the use of physical restraint
- Ability to provide for intimate personal care needs whilst demonstrating respect for individual’s privacy
- Commitment to involving young people, their families and carers in service delivery and development
- Demonstrate a commitment to contribute to the daily running of the home
- Willingness to contribute to the culture and leisure activities within the home
- Demonstrate a commitment to anti-discriminatory practice
- Willingness to undertake statutory training and personal development
- Must have an understanding of basic Information Technology Systems
- Keeping the home clean and tidy
- Adhering to Health and Safety Policy and Procedures
- Medication Administration
- Any other task that is deemed necessary