Supreme Recruitment Solutions are looking for experienced Residential Support Workers.
We are an independent temporary recruitment agency and are currently recruiting support workers to join our very busy team supporting adults with learning disabilities in local residential homes.
As a residential support worker, your clients could include children in care or adults with physical or learning disabilities, mental health problems, addiction issues or other emotional or social needs.
Your day-to-day tasks would vary according to the client group you worked with, but might include:
- checking each resident's needs and progress
- providing physical care
- creating a safe and positive living environment
- setting rules for young people's behaviour
- providing one-to-one counselling or group therapy sessions
- teaching daily living skills such as budgeting, shopping and claiming benefits
- providing leisure and creative activities
- helping residents to deal with problems and become independent
- keeping records and writing reports
- liaising with residents' families and arranging family and home visits
- working with other health and care professionals
- supervising meals
- acting as Learning Support Assistant
- supporting various aspects of home life
- contributing to care plans and case reviews
- dealing with and reporting on complex matters relating to individual children and their needs.
With experience, you could have extra responsibilities including supervising and leading a team, and managing a budget.
Skills, interests and qualities
To become a residential support worker, you will need to have:
- excellent communication and 'people' skills
- the ability to relate to people of all ages and backgrounds and gain their trust
- a practical and flexible approach to work
- tact, patience and understanding
- knowledge of the needs of different client groups
- a non-judgmental attitude
- the ability to work in a team and also use your own initiative
- the ability to assess situations and take appropriate action
- resilience, to cope with difficult situations and challenging clients
- good time management and organisation skills
- the ability to manage complex communication with families and organisations
- an understanding of child-focused approaches to supporting disabled children's potential
- computer literacy and administration skills
- clear understanding of child development
- an understanding of the psychological impact of experiences
- an understanding of the effects of bereavement, change and loss
- a supportive attitude towards health and wellbeing, and education achievement.