Support Worker Care Leavers

17 May 2017
16 Jun 2017
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time

Support Worker (Care Leavers)

Location: Skelmersdale

Salary: £21,400 for 10 shifts per month including 10 sleeps


To work as a member of the team in the provision of care and support services for people with behaviours that may challenge; which aims to maximise the potential of individuals in line with ordinary life principles.

Main Responsibilities of the Support Worker (Care Leavers)

  • Assist the Team/Managers in ensuring that each young person has their needs met through effective assessment and planning for independence. Assist to review and monitor plans/contribute to review reports as directed.
  • Mentor, advocate and support a young person preparing to live independently.
  • Act as a Key worker to specified young people, taking on the responsibility for identified areas of care and support as detailed in the young person’s plans. This includes ensuring all health, housing, education, employment and training needs are met and to support the young person in advocating his/her own needs and wishes to enable them to access professionals that can assist in this process.
  • Promote a range of choices and to explore what is available for young people to access that will assist their move into independent living.
  • Consistently apply strategies and tools that will reduce the risk of CSE, Missing and any other identified risks pertaining to the young people in our care.
  • To support the team to implement an Independent Living Programme for each young person. Observe and record outcomes and to evidence the needs and achievements of young people.
  • Record information about young people and ensure clear and effective communication with staff members/manager.
  • To liaisewith professionals in an appropriate manner, attend meetings with and/or on behalf of the young people. To take minutes, feedback to the team and record actions.
  • Ensure that young people are informed of the information in their handbook, including the house rules, acceptable behaviour and H & S. To support young people to comply with H & S requirements and ensure the property is safe at all times. Report any concerns to a manager with immediate effect.
  • Participate in staff and young peoples' meetings as and when required. Maintain appropriate records as directed. As alone worker you will be expected to communicate and involve the wider team. Be able to use phones, email and have clear verbal communication. To understand the use of an On-Call provision and when to use it.
  • Report immediately to the Manager any illness of an infectious nature or accident incurred by a young person, colleague, self or another.
  • Report to the Manager and the designated Handyperson, any faulty appliances, damaged furniture, equipment or any potential hazard.
  • Carry out administrative tasks as and when required.

Requirements of the Support Worker (Care Leavers)


  • Proven ability to work on own initiative, lone work and work as part of a wider team.
  • Knowledge and understanding of issues relating to young people leaving care and the requirements of The Leaving Care Act 2000.
  • A commitment to a service which provides support to young vulnerable individuals, and which is respectful and according to the individuals’ views and wishes. Able to demonstrate how to build a healthy relationship with young people.
  • Mentoring skills to advocate on behalf of and support young people.
  • Good communication skills (written and verbal, IT skills). Ability to communicate effectively with young people, colleagues, family members, professionals, managers and other persons with a legitimate interest.
  • A commitment to attending and completing training and development in line with the company’s current aims, objectives and continued development.
  • A good understanding of Safeguarding, CSE and Missing.
  • To attend Pre-employment training (1 day-online)


  • Flexible, innovative and pro-active approach to working alone, with support from the management team.
  • Knowledge of the legislation, plans and information required to support young people leaving care who are in the transition of moving into independent living.
  • Good decision-making and problem-solving skills.
  • Level 3 in Children and Young People or be committed to work towards this qualification.
  • Car driver, willing to use own car as required and ability to drive homes vehicle / drive minibus where applicable


  • 26 days holiday
  • Continuous professional development and Career Progression
  • Pension Scheme

If you meet the requirements and feel that this Support Worker (Care Leavers) role is right for you then please apply today!