Job Reference: MKROB Expires: 29th December 2017
To provide a high level of assistance and stimulation to a young person (age 15) who lives with his supportive family in Stratford upon Avon.
To provide support in creating positive friendships and the development of social, independent and life skills.
No personal care involved but enabler must be mindful of whereabouts and safety of young person at all times.
Young person is a keen footballer playing for two teams in the area and is very active.
Knowledge and understanding of issues relating to young people with identified support needs.
A commitment to a service which provides support to vulnerable children, and which is respectful and according to the individuals’ wishes.
To facilitate and support the young person in decision making, promoting choice, involvement and control and enhancing life skills.
Ensure the child’s needs are met through planning and reviewing.
Support the child’s participation in social, leisure, educational opportunities including with the local community. These will include football, swimming, ten pin bowling, attending a Gym and visiting the cinema.
Interact and participate with the young person’s development of self-help skills, supporting to him to reach his potential for independence.
Provide stimulating activity opportunities to encourage the individual to develop and express themselves through play.
A willingness to travel to support the delivery of the young person’s needs.
When required, to take an active role in leading play activities.
To report any problems/difficulties to mum.
To maintain confidentiality and to ensure that professional boundaries are observed when working with the individual and his family using the Personal Assistant’s Code of Conduct as a guideline.
To ensure the safety of the young person l at all times.
Assist where necessary with eating and drinking.
Encourage self- advocacy whenever possible and help the child in his attempts to communicate his wishes and desires.
If needs be, if the young person is unable to articulate for himself, in a sensitive and reassuring way be prepared to speak up for him, promoting his known views and preferences.
Flexible and innovative approach to working.
Significant proven experience of working with children preferred but not essential.
Experience of organizing and providing support to access activities.
Knowledge of the dynamics and impact of supporting a young person with additional needs.
An understanding of health and safety requirements in providing support with children.
Evidence of the ability to build and develop supportive relationships with children and maintaining professional boundaries.
Understanding of and willingness to undertake training.
Ability to build effective relationships, showing sensitivity for others’ viewpoints and valuing diversity.
Evidence of the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, including the ability to listen actively and match communication to the needs of the child.
Evidence of the ability to take responsibility for own actions and behaviour being able to reflect on previous experiences to improve own practice.
Evidence of the ability to be calm and resilient whilst under pressure and to remain positive, optimistic and persistent.
Understanding the importance of seeking guidance and support when required.
Good written and verbal communication skills.
To understand the principles of empowerment and the ability to support the young person to exercise choice and control over all aspects of his life.
Ability to communicate with people at all levels.
Ability to work unsupervised.
Ability to work on own initiative.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Good interpersonal skills.
Good listening skills.
Times required agreed in advance.
In terms of days required, support to be provided after school Monday to Friday and weekends, agreed in advance.