Child Care Worker

Location
Wiltshire
Salary
£15,000 - £16,500 per annum, pro-rata
Posted
06 Mar 2017
Closes
06 Apr 2017
Sector
Care home

Red Jacket Medical Recruitment are looking for a candidate to work for one of their clients in a children's residential Home in Salisbury,  permanent, full-time or part-time shifts.

As a member of the care team you need to be committed to the provision of high standards of care at all times. This role requires a willingness to work with a wide range of presenting needs of children and to develop and maintain effective care practice to ensure that the children are cared for in a safe, nurturing environment with a therapeutic underpinning enabling children to move on to foster care in a planned and evidenced way.

Job Description

  • To provide primary basic care and nurturing, contribute to a therapeutic environment to help the child progress.
  • Maintain clear and consistent boundaries in order to create a safe and secure environment within the home.
  • To be a positive role model by being punctual, dress appropriately and act in a professional and supportive manner at all times.
  • Undertake sleep-in duties as part of a rota system and be flexible in order cover sickness and holidays.
  • To demonstrate professional and calm behaviour across a variety of situations.
  • Thorough knowledge of the care plan for the children and all planned activities for the day.
  • Ensure that all concerns are communicated to your supervisor with regards to the children’s physical or emotional needs and be alert to signs of distress or abuse, and to ensure that they are monitored and protected.
  • To provide for the young person’s physical needs as necessary, for example, by cooking, washing, ironing, shopping, bathing (where appropriate), budgeting, or by enabling them to carry out such tasks for themselves.
  • Adopt a child centred approach and ensure the needs of the young people are met.
  • Engage, communicate and listen to the young people and record any significant features of their behaviour.
  • Take active part in team meetings and regularly provide views and ways to improve current practice.
  • Demonstrate a positive 'can do’ attitude.
  • Act as a member of the staff team, support colleagues and be prepared to receive support and advice as necessary through supervision and general communication.
  • Write reports accurately and to a competent standard of English.
  • Basic understanding of petty cash and ensuring items are bought as part of the home’s budget allowance and agreement from the Home manager.
  • Demonstrate willingness to learn and improve through training and supervision.
  • Complete the induction standards and achieve a Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People’s Workforce within 12 months.

Knowledge

  • Basic understanding of attachment theory and child development.
  • Understanding of Psychological theories and basic human needs e.g. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Motivational theories etc.
  • Understanding Safeguarding and Child protection procedures.
  • An understanding of child development and the impact of trauma.
  • Awareness of Regulatory and Legislative frameworks e.g. Children’s Homes Regulations 2015
  • Completion of Therapeutic Crisis Intervention training.

Skills

  • Good written, IT and verbal communication skills. Able to communicate effectively with children, colleagues and external customers.
  • Excellent time management skills in order to complete reports and tasks within the set deadlines.
  • Emotional awareness in both self and others.
  • Ability to listen and empathise.
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team.
  • Be calm in situations of crisis and follow the lead of the shift leader.

Qualifications

  • GCSE English or equivalent (Essential)
  • QCF Level 3 in Health & Social Care (Children and Young People’s Workforce) or equivalent (Desirable)
  • Be committed to ongoing professional development and achieving a Level 3 diploma in Children and Young people as supported by the training department. (Essential

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