Reporting to: Team Leader and Registered Manager
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
- The Residential Support Worker is responsible for assisting in the promotion of good childcare practice in accordance with Meadows Care’s Policies and Procedures, Quality Standards and Every Child Matters.
- The Residential Support Worker is responsible for providing care, support and supervision, including household tasks, cooking, shopping, laundry and independent living skills to the young people in their care.
- To maintain an environment of therapeutic care for all young people.
- To work restoratively with young people.
- To actively promote the welfare, safety, personal development and wellbeing of young people placed at Meadows Care.
- To administer prescribed and non-prescribed medication to young people as dictated by health practitioners and according to the young person’s Placement Package and Meadows Care Policies.
- To maintain good communication skills and written records.
- To liaise with significant others on a day-to-day basis, participating in the assessment of the young person’s needs and the implementation of placement plans and risk assessments.
- To promote the participation of the young person placed in the decision making process of the home.
- To ensure that the physical, emotional and psychological needs of young people placed at Meadows Care are met where at all possible.
- To support young people by driving them to home visits, school and appointments etc. that is in or out of the local area and may involve long distances via motorways.
- To carry out duties in line with Meadows Care’s Policies and Procedures and Equal Opportunities.
- To comply with the Code of Practice for Social Care workers. To be aware of Meadows Care policy on codes of conduct and to set an acceptable role model standard.
- To carry out duties as stated in the home’s Statement of Purpose in line with the Quality Care Standards.
- To work in partnership with educational staff to ensure that the educational needs of the young people are met.
- To promote anti-discriminatory practices and equal opportunity practices in line with Meadows Care policy.
- Attend and take an active part in team meetings, handovers and supervisions.
- To commit to training and development through Meadows Care, this includes gaining the Level 3 Diploma in Caring for Children and Young People in Residential Care. As stipulated in the Quality Standards this must be completed within 2 years of the employees start date with Meadows Care.
- To maintain a record of continuous personal development (CPD file) and build an individual portfolio.
- To attend training and maintain professional development to meet the demands of the job and to participate and implement Meadows behaviour management of Prevention, Protection & Restoration (PPR) Techniques which includes the ability to physically hold young people in order to keep them and others safe at all times.
- To promote the good reputation of Meadows Care in all contact with external agencies and individuals.
- To support and maintain effective working relationships with all other staff and to promote good relationships with local residents and the general community.
The Residential Support Worker will be responsible:
- To work a rota pattern that includes weekends, evenings, sleep over and bank holiday working. To understand that the rota is subject to change at short notice.
- To work as required in any children’s home or service within the organisation and in any location which may be outside of the Rochdale area.
- To have an individual role and responsibility within a team such as Health & Safety Representative, Education Representative, Culture Representative, Complaints & Newsletter Representative, Young Persons Health Representative.
- Be aware of racial, cultural and religious issues including equality and diversity.
- To maintain confidentiality and observe data protection guidelines.
- Any other duties as may be required and as directed by senior staff.
- To assist in the preparation of a children’s home this may include cleaning and shopping for essential items.
- The post is subject to a 6-month probationary period.
- This post is subject to receiving a satisfactory enhanced disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service.
- The duties described in this job description must be carried out in a manner that promotes the equality of opportunity, dignity and respect for all employees and young people in our care and is consistent with Meadows Care Equal Opportunities Policy.