THERAPEUTIC SUPPORT WORKER
Salary Range: up to £26,000 depending on experience and qualifications.
Be part of a team to be responsible for looking after children and young people and foster carers within our agency.
The post is based at our Walsall Office.
To be Confirmed
Duties will include:
- Assisting social workers.
- Writing and recording work carried out to a high standard.
- Working therapeutically with Parents, foster carers and children.
- Supervising contact between parents and children if appropriate.
The successful candidate will have the following skills and experience:
- It is desirable that the candidate will hold a child care qualification.
- The candidate will need to demonstrate good communication skills.
- The candidate will have the ability record and write effectively in relation to their work.
- The candidate will be expected to have experience in working therapeutically with children and foster carers.
- Be a car driver with a clean current licence.
Minimum qualification in NVQ 3 Working with Children and Young People, and or in therapeutic parenting and or DDP and or in developing a secure base for looked after children. Other related qualifications including certificate in courses attended will also be considered.
The post holder will require to work flexible hours to ensure that children and young people are supported within their foster homes and with regard to their education. The key responsibilities of this post include:
- Working therapeutically with children and young people and their foster carers
- Planning and implementing day to day procedures, routines & activities of Ikon Fostering as required
- Contribute to the assessment, implementation and monitoring of Care Plans as required
- Undertake recording responsibilities according to requirements
- Attending and contributing to planning and review meetings if required
- Transporting/escorting children and young people on home/contact visits/school visits if appropriate
- Contribute to the education and development of the young people
- Helping to prevent placement breakdowns
- Attending any training provided Ikon Fostering
- To be alert to signs of distress or abuse, and to ensure that the young people are monitored and protected and implement recognised Child Protection procedures
- To set appropriate boundaries to help young people manage their behaviour
- Participating in TSD standards training
- Participating in Pre-Approval Training
Whilst there is a need for differentiation of roles and levels of responsibility, for example, between staff and managers, we strongly believe in the principle that we all pull together and, as necessary, turn our hand to getting jobs done which are not normally within our remit.
At all times, the post holder must:
- maintain positive relations with partner agencies
- conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times
- Take account of the principles and provisions of children’s and other relevant legislation, regulations and guidance and all relevant organisational policies and procedures
- liaise with the Manager to ensure adequate cover is maintained through the rota, forward planning and managing any unforeseen circumstances.
- adhere to guidelines laid out within company Policies & Procedures
- set an example to other employees, the students and other concerned professionals
This post is a position of trust and as such, staff are expected to conduct themselves accordingly.
As this role and Ikon Fostering develops, the above job description may change to accommodate the needs of the service
STAFFING – RECRUITMENT, DEVELOPMENT & RETENTION
Following the initial enquiry, applicants will be sent a job description and an application form and pre-employment medical questionnaire.
The formal interview will include general and specific questioning in order to ascertain levels of aptitude and knowledge, as well as experience.
Management acknowledge the benefit of both written exercise and aptitude testing and these will be part of the normal selection process – the first to provide a clearer picture of the candidate’s understanding of the work and the second to assess personality against the person specification criteria.
No appointments will be made without the necessary references being successfully taken up, with particular emphasis on comments from previous employer. Additionally, the company must be in receipt of a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure form.
New employees suitability and progress will be supported and assessed through supervision and appraisal.
The first appraisal will take place after the individual’s successful completion of their probationary period.
Staff Development & Retention
Ikon Fostering is committed to the support and development of staff and is aware that this is paramount in retaining quality staff and ensuring that practice meets professional standards.
Supervision is, therefore, the first and on-going provision which is a mandatory requirement for all staff. A structure for supervision will be agreed between supervisor and staff member in whom each accepts the others role, expectations and responsibilities.
Outcomes of supervision will inform personal development plans and training requirements.
In-house training will be offered to all staff on a regular basis and external training will be sourced where appropriate.
All staff will receive induction training at the commencement of employment which will introduce them to the company and the home (including Statement of Purpose), explanation of Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974, Fire Precautions and hygiene requirements, residential child care skills, policies and procedures and administrative systems.
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