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Support Worker

Guildford, Surrey
Job Type
6 Sep 2022
We currently have openings for experienced support workers, and would also love to hear from those who are passionate about making a positive and lasting difference to young people, and who are willing to undertake the relevant training and qualifications needed. Salary: up to £25,600 per annum (including sleep ins salary dependent on experience) Location: West Sussex/Surrey Contract: Full Time - 40 hours per week( 1 sleep in per week) Apple Orchard has four homes in Surrey and West Sussex. Each home is set in a rural location and offers a comfortable homely environment for young males aged 13-18 years. We aim to help young people to develop insight into their experiences in order that they can move on from their often damaged traumatic past. We support them as they take steps to make sense of their lives by providing clear and safe boundaries and achievable goals. This includes positive reinforcement strategies such as reward charts and free time. Central to our work is the need to provide a high level of nurturing which ensures all the basic needs of the young person are met to the highest standard. This includes providing a home that has a warm and friendly atmosphere where great emphasis is placed on building supportive relationships and positive attachments. Benefits: Company pension Access to our Exchange Employee Discount Scheme Access to wellbeing programmes via our Exchange Provision Promotion opportunities Fully funded training for your recognised qualifications Duties and responsibilities To ensure that a caring and stimulating environment is provided for the young people that takes into account individual developmental needs and enables young people to reach their full potential To plan and prepare activities that meet the young people s needs and stimulates their learning and integration within the home. Keep abreast of legislation, guidelines, policies to ensure the Children s Act, Children s homes regulations and the national minimum standards are met at all times. To be aware of all Ofsted guidance and information in regard to the home. To observe and assess young people s progress and keep accurate records of their achievements, behaviour and important events in their lives. To produce and keep up to date a life book for any young person for whom you have key working responsibilities. To work with local authorities/ placing authorities to ensure the care the young people receive is outstanding To establish and maintain positive working relationships with parents/carers in a way that supports young people s learning and development and values parental involvement where appropriate. To be flexible within working practices of the home e.g. To help, where needed, including undertaking domestic tasks within the home, which will include preparation of meals, cleaning, shopping etc. Work alongside the Manager and staff team to ensure that the philosophy behind the home is fulfilled. To keep clear and legible records regarding the young people. To ensure that entries in records are legible, clearly expressed, non-stigmatising and distinguished as far as possible between fact, opinion and third-party information Essential skills: The ideal candidate would have previous experience of working with teenage boys or challenging behaviour and have a willingness to further develop their skills. Hold Residential Childcare/Families Practitioner Diploma/Children and Young People's Workforce/NVQ Level 3 in Health & Social Care or equivalent or be willing to work towards a required qualification You would need to be willing to engage the young people in a wide range of activities and support them through their time at Apple Orchard; guiding them towards Independence and Adulthood. You will need to be flexible with your working hours and be able to work a mixture of days, evenings and weekends. This role requires shift work although you will have every other weekend off You must be able to challenge unacceptable behaviour, provide firm boundaries and provide care which meets the needs of the individual Must be able to work as part of a team To follow delegated tasks and handovers. Be able to maintain policies and procedures Can communicate effectively both verbally and in writing Have the ability to engage and listen If you feel that you could use your skills to support this work through creating a caring and stimulating environment allowing for a range of opportunities and life experiences for the young people, challenge unacceptable behaviour, provide firm boundaries and provide care which meets the needs of the individual. Then we want to hear from you. Polaris 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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  • Job Reference: 705687643-2
  • Date Posted: 6 September 2022
  • Recruiter: Apple Orchard
    Apple Orchard
  • Location: Guildford, Surrey
  • Salary: £25,600
  • Sector: Healthcare & Medical
  • Job Type: Permanent