Residential Childcare Support Worker
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Salary: Qualified Salary: £26,732 plus overtime
Specific Hours: 08:00am - 20:00pm (12 hour shifts)
Location: Soham, Cambridgeshire
(The above salary exclude possible sleep in shifts and overtime. Qualified Support Worker salary is based on the proven existing completion Children Workforce Diploma or equivalent)
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The ethos and culture of the Area Camden Group, as part of Polaris Community, is founded on core values of mutual respect and good parenting whilst being respectful to the values of privacy, dignity, independence, choice, rights and fulfilment.
Our purpose is to provide the highest quality care within very high quality settings in Soham and to offer young people care, accommodation and support as close to a family environment as possible. The residential care we provide is for 11 to 18-year olds and our focus is centred on the needs of the child.
The welfare of our young people is paramount in the role of a Support Worker. Not only do Support Workers keep our young people safe, but as the daily care provider they also make a fundamental contribution to their care, learning and development. A key figure within the team, you'll build invaluable bridges between Area Camden and the local community, promoting social inclusion as you support people with emotional and behavioural difficulties to reach their full potential.
You will work with the team to promote and support the young people in our care, in leading a life of positive development by providing a safe and nurturing environment.
A vital part of your role will be providing the young people with emotional and social support, helping them to develop meaningful relationships with other children and adults, as well as encouraging them to become involved with local communities.
You will encourage and enable each young person's self esteem to be raised in a positive manner and ensure that they are respected and valued.
Encourage, support and enable each young person to make positive life choices and achievable levels of independence that help them develop to their full potential, and receive the essential care and attention.
Responsible for a high level of recording. Great emphasis and importance is attached to the recording of events and observations which will include young people's daily and monthly progress, updating of children's files, child protection records, notification to appropriate people and health and safety checks.
Continually assess the children and young peoples' needs. Under the direction of your manager, and other appropriate personnel, you will be responsible for the formulation, implementation and review of care plans.
You will work closely with your manager, your team, the health advisor, social workers, therapists, teachers and other professionals. You may also be involved with the young people's families, especially when supervising contacts.
Encourage and support the young people with all of their daily living needs in line with their individual care plan.
Carry out domestic duties within the home, involving the children and young people where appropriate and plan, shop and prepare meals, ensuring they have a varied and well balanced diet.Required Attributes:
Have the ability to engage with young people in a positive and proactive approach
Be self-motivated with a positive nature
Be sensitive and reflective
Have the ability to listen and empathise
Be able to work individually and within a team
Have experience working in the care sector or residential care
Hold a relevant qualification or be committed to undertake a Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare - we are looking for passionate and caring individuals who we will support to gain a qualification.
Be willing to work some Bank HolidaysBenefits:
A robust Induction and mandatory training program to up skill our workforce
Progression within the organisation on promotion and development of given role
Weekly rota on rotation 08:00am-20:00pm i.e. (1 week)- Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday= 36 hours. (2 week) - Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday= 48 hours
Minimum average of 168 hours per calendar month
Waking Night contracts are also available
236 hours annual leave per annum (including bank holidays)
Holiday increase per year - 12 extra hours for 3 years (capped at 272 hours)
Pension scheme after a qualifying period
Enrolment and funding to required qualification Area Camden is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates. The company is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be subject to a DBS check at enhanced level if successful for the position.
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