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Senior Support Worker - Post - 16

Posted 13 September by Fair Ways
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£24,015 - £26,320 per annum
Bath , Somerset
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Location: Bath

About our Organisation:

Fair Ways is an expanding, dynamic charity that strongly believes in providing opportunities for people to meet their full potential. Fair Ways is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and families and we expect all staff to share this commitment.

About our exciting Opportunity:

Fair Ways are actively seeking a senior support worker to join our new team in Bath supporting young people to transition into independent living. This essential role is to provide a nurturing and stable environment within fairways therapeutic ethos within our semi-independent living home. Applicants will need to be enthusiastic, motivated, energetic and conscientious. They must be able to place the wellbeing of our young people at the heart of everything they do.

The rota pattern for this role is based on a weekly hours of 37.5, this is compiled from a mixture of earlies, lates and up to 2 sleeps per week over week days and weekends. These shifts can potentially be flexible around existing commitments and could be worked as a block creating more work free days per week.

All candidates must have a full driving license and have access to the use of a car. Successful candidates will be required to provide an enhanced Disclosure (DBS). This disclosure cost will be met by Fair Ways.

About our specialist service:

Fair Ways have a number of Independent Supported Living homes for young people. They consist of a collection of small family homes and can accommodate a number of residents at a time. Each young person has their own private room and shared access to communal areas. Our aim is to provide stability, consistency and acceptance, with the emphasis on young adults being responsible for themselves. Our staff seek to support and advise, not to tell or instruct. Young people receive a comprehensive needs assessment upon entry to ISL. This needs assessment informs the level of assistance and the individual package of the placement.

Basic Job Responsibilities:

  • To take responsibility for the running of the home in the manager’s absence including all management paperwork, giving appropriate support and direction to the staff team to help ensure the staff team are working proactively with the young people in order to support their specific needs identified in their individual Outcome Star Placement Plans.
  • To support the house manager with the monitoring of good practice within the home and ensuring safe working practices within Child Protection whilst supporting to ensure that all staff on the team engage and build positive working relationships with the young people.
  • To be responsible for the finances of the home in the manager’s absence
  • To demonstrate a commitment to ongoing professional development of self and others and serve as a positive role model to all staff in demonstrating high quality and consistent practice.
  • To observe, assess and monitor young people’s health development and emotional well-being, by promoting high standards of support, hygiene and safety for all young people in the home.
  • To safely manage challenging behaviour resulting from complex needs and formulate plans and update paperwork to reduce the likelihood of future similar events.
  • To support colleagues in their reflective practice to develop an understanding of the underlying issues to challenging behaviour.
  • To support the house manager with ensuring that daily tasks are completed and are consistent with the smooth running of the home, such appropriate recording on the Outcome Records and updating placement plans, risk assessments and auditing that all information is recorded appropriately and accurately.
  • To be responsible for the Health and Safety Rep tasks
  • To undertake the supervision of regular bank staff
  • Involve young people in decisions about their Outcome Placement Plan and risk assessments, in order to maximise their choices, giving due consideration to their wishes and feelings.
  • Sharing of information, via handovers, meetings, liaising with families and placing authorities and any other agencies involved in the support of the young people placed.

Applicants will ideally possess the following personal skills:

  • Be positive and motivated with a real drive to make a difference.
  • Have excellent communication skills, helping to guide our young people with general life skills.
  • Be able to demonstrate a flexible approach to the task in hand and think outside the box.
  • Be resilient and calm headed under pressure, focused on finding the right solution and providing support.
  • Ability to work using own initiative as well as collaborating with the house manager and the team, guiding less experienced staff.
  • Ability to organise, prioritise and complete tasks, and delegate appropriately.
  • Extensive experience of working with children and/ or young people and ability to demonstrate leadership in this environment.
  • To hold, or be working towards, a qualification relevant to the post, such as NVQ 3/level 3 Diploma in childcare

About our Rewards: Fair Ways offer a selection of fantastic rewards for our staff including: Employee Assistance Programme, Health Care Scheme*, Additional Holiday Purchase Scheme*, Service based additional annual Leave accrual, Bespoke training department, Education Grant Scheme*, Future Leaders Programme*, Staff Lottery *Subject to qualifying period

Next Step: Interested in the vacancy? Apply today! We encourage a diverse workforce and welcome applications from all communities.

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