Senior Children's Care worker (Team Leader)
Do you have any experience working with children with disabilities?
This reputable charity are looking for an enthusiastic, energetic and fun individual to join their amazing care team.
They provide day-time and over-night "home from home" respite to children with a range of disabilities in a stimulating environment.
Working a shift that might be morning / evening / weekend, you will look after and work in a team with other carers looking after the children and young people who come to the home. Shift patterns are typically an early shift of 7am-2.15pm, late shift of 1.45pm - 9pm and day shifts of 10am-6pm. Shift patterns are 3-weekly with the Christmas period off.Principle Responsibilities:
- Take responsibility for the shift and for the service while on duty, including organising activities and planning ahead for children's stays.
- Respond to emergencies and provide guidance and support to care workers.
- To record/administer medication and ensure all records are up-to-date.
- Shift planning and delegation of tasks.
- To ensure that all staff are familiar with and follow Local Authority Child Protection/Safeguarding Procedures and the home's procedures.
- To assist in the delivery of the children's/young adults care by engaging in tasks as indicated by the individuals' care plan. To assist in all aspects of personal care, toileting, dressing, eating, personal hygiene and intimate personal care.
- To be involved in the assessment, monitoring and evaluation of the children's/young adults stay, undertaking key working responsibilities and ensuring staff are supported to write quality reports and assessments.
- To ensure that any relevant documentation and reports e.g. care plans, incident, accident, restraint forms, health and safety and maintenance logs are carried out during a working shift.
- To promote nurturing relationships, respecting the uniqueness of each child/young person, acting in a non-judgemental manner, promoting the rights of the individual at all times.
- To ensure that the highest quality of care is maintained at all times and to consistently display a courteous and helpful manner.
- To ensure that due regard is given to the children's/young adults customs, values, cultures, religious and spiritual beliefs, always acting in a facilitative manner that promotes dignity, independence and choice.
- To contribute appropriately to effective communication with the children/young adults, significant others and members of the team, promoting good working relationships within the staff team and the community.
- To ensure that all information received is dealt with in accordance to the charity's policies, ensuring confidentiality at all times.
- To assist in maintaining a safe and healthy environment, consistently demonstrating safe practice, both within the home and on occasions, when off-site e.g. outings.
- To report any maintenance or health and safety issues to the Manager.
- To deliver regular reflective supervise, offer guidance and support to Care staff. To promote anti-discriminatory practice and to ensure continuous personal development through the utilisation of regular supervision, annual appraisal and training when appropriate.
- To discuss one's own development needs with the Manager in order to consistently achieve best practice and continuously improve personal performance.
- To attend relevant study/courses as agreed by the Manager.
- Develop one's own knowledge by meeting agreed targets.
- Ensure the level 3 diploma in Residential care for children and young people is completed within 2 yrs, unless already completed.
- Participate in meetings and initiatives, providing the necessary contributions for effective team working.
This job description reflects the present/immediate requirements of the post.Person Specification:Essential
- Good standard of education and communication skills.
- Substantial experience of supporting/caring for vulnerable children/young people.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the needs of vulnerable children/young adults.
- A basic understanding of Health and Safety issues affecting support workers and the service users in the community.
- Understanding of the role and of Ofsted.
- Ability to value people, taking account of others viewpoints.
- Capacity to work on own initiative and accept delegated responsibility.
- Commitment to high standards in all aspects of work.
- A willingness to learn and develop and attend relevant training.
- Good time management and priority setting ability.
- Excellent communication skills- able to listen, observe and communicate effectively.
- To be patient, have common sense and integrity.
- Ability to provide practical support to vulnerable children/young adults whilst promoting independence.
- Friendly, sensitive personality with good sense of humour.
- To be able to understand the cultural needs of the service users.
- To be physically fit to meet the requirements of the post e.g. manual handling.
Any offer of employment will be subject to the outcome of the prospective applicant having a DBS - Disclosure and Barring Service - checkVacancy Information:
- Additional relevant qualifications e.g. industry -recognised diploma or equivalent. First Aid certificate.
- Computer literate.
- Experience of having supervisory responsibility. Knowledge of basic medical procedures. 3 years' experience of working in the Care Industry.
- Ability to read and write Care Plans.
- An understanding of the key workers system.
- Location: East Clandon, Surrey
- Salary: £23,000 to £26,000 per Annum, Dependent on Experience
- Reporting to: Manager
- Job type: Permanent
- Job Section: Health & Social Care
- Working Hours: Full time role - 37.5 hours per Week
- Reference: AT405
- Contact: Alex Thompson