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Child Support Worker

Location: Tamworth and North Warks Area, Midlands Rate of Pay: £10.00 - £12.00 per hour (depending on level of experience)

Hours per Week: 3 hours over a 4 week period and 3 x 1 hour support sessions alongside family members initially until the young person is comfortable with a new person

Job Reference: RKRP Expires: 5th January 2018

About the Employer

To be part of, having fun and making a difference to a loving child living in her challenging world.  To provide specialist support and understanding in creating a positive friendship and the development of social, independent and life skills.


Summary of Duties

Knowledge and understanding of issues relating to a young person with a diagnosis of idic 15 (chromosome disorder), epilepsy, autism and hypertonia.

A commitment to a service which provides support to vulnerable children, and which is respectful and according to the Parent’ wishes.

To facilitate and support the child in decision making, promoting choice, involvement and control.

Ensure the child’s needs are met through planning and reviewing, parent will be in attendance during activities initially.

Interact and participate with the child’s development of self-help skills, supporting her to reach her potential for independence.

Provide stimulating play/communication opportunities to encourage the child to develop and express herself.

A willingness to travel to support the delivery of the child’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 child and her family.

To ensure the safety of the individual at all times.

Encourage self-advocacy whenever possible and help the child in his attempts to communicate her wishes and desires.

If needs be, if the child is unable to articulate for herself, be prepared to speak up for her in a sensitive and reassuring way.


The Person They Are Looking For

Flexible and innovative approach to working.

Significant proven experience of working with children.

Knowledge of the dynamics and impact of supporting a child with autistic traits.

Knowledge and understanding of supporting a child who experiences various forms of sensory sensitivity such as touch and noise.

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 be calm and resilient whilst under pressure and to remain positive, optimistic and persistent.

Understanding the importance of seeking guidance and support when required.

Car Owner/Driver- business insurance must be in place, not required initially as family will be in attendance and there may be access to use of a motability vehicle.

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 her 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.


The Times Required

Times required: agreed in advance.


Days required: support will initially be agreed in advance until a pattern of support is developed.

 

Please note that whilst the regular working hours are 3 hours over a 4 week period, 3 one hour sessions will be added initially so that you can introduce yourself to the young person.


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