Residential support workers look after the physical and mental wellbeing of children or vulnerable adults in care.
If you enjoy helping people and want to make a difference to their lives, this job could be perfect for you.
In this job, it will be important to get on with people of all ages and backgrounds and gain their trust. You'll need to have understanding and a non-judging attitude.
You’ll need to pass background checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
There are some age restrictions on working in children’s homes.
As a residential support worker your clients could include children in care, or adults with physical or learning disabilities, mental health problems, addiction issues or other emotional or social needs.
Your day-to-day tasks would vary according to the client group you work with, but might include:
- checking each resident's needs and progress
- providing physical care, which could include bathing, toileting, dressing and feeding
- creating a safe and positive living environment
- setting rules for young people's behaviour
- providing one-to-one counselling or group therapy sessions
- teaching daily living skills such as budgeting, shopping and claiming benefits
- providing leisure and creative activities in a safe and supportive setting
- helping residents to deal with problems and become independent
- liaising with residents' families and arranging family and home visits
- working with other health and care professionals
- acting as a learning support assistant.
You would also be expected to keep accurate records and write reports. These may be on complex matters affecting individual children or adults, and be used in case reviews and future care plans.