Residential Children’s Support Practitioner

Job Category: Social Care
Reference HQ00017941
Service Suffolk County Council
Contract Type Temporary
Duration Ongoing
Location Suffolk
Job Type Full-time
Start Date ASAP
Hours per week 0-37 hours per week
Rate From £11.76 to £12.85 per hour

Residential Children's Support Practitioner

We are seeking a Residential Children’s Support Practitioner to work as part of a team within a children’s home, providing day-to-day support for some of the most vulnerable children in the county.

  • To work as part of a team within our children’s home, providing day-to-day support for some of the most vulnerable children in the county. To support and care for children who may experience social, emotional & mental health difficulties, including those who have experienced trauma and display high level challenging behaviours.
  • To work effectively with range of professionals and agencies and to develop positive working relationships with the children’s families and support networks.
  • Working in residential childcare is necessarily child-focused. It involves getting to know new young people and helping them begin to feel secure, then providing ongoing care and support to build their confidence and teach coping skills.
  • Promote development of children and young people within the environment
  • Safeguard all children from threats to their health and welfare
  • People considering this role must have strong relationship building skills and a lot of patience. Personal qualities can be just as important as qualifications.
  • To be able to work with children who may be withdrawn and disinclined to communicate.
  • Work in the home environment to maintain a safe and sensitive atmosphere that meet the needs of the children
  • Develop and maintain good relationships with parents, social workers, teachers and other professionals
  • Maintain a range of daily, weekly and monthly records
  • Maintain and adhere to professional and confidentiality requirements
  • Deliver effective communications both within the Home and with outside agencies and the community
  • Assist in planning and implementing a range of plans for children who live at the Children’s Home, together with child care social workers, staff from other agencies and all those involved with the child
  • Work directly with children within the home on areas such as personal issues, Education attendance and attainment, health and family
  • Administer children’s medication, in accordance with procedures
  • Regularly attend and participate in team meetings and supervisions
  • Complete any other tasks and duties, as may be required, and directed by line management
  • There is a risk of self-harm and of violence towards staff members and other young people, so workers will be trained in de-escalation techniques and first aid.

Qualifications and Professional memberships

  1. Suitable practitioner level qualification at Level 3 or; equivalent experience in a relevant area and commitment to achieve this qualification within 2 years.
  2. Evidence of commitment to continuing professional development.

Specialist knowledge skills and experience

  1. Committed to listening to children and families to working collaboratively with them.
  2. Commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
  3. Ability to clarify risks and concerns and focus on solutions to create a climate in which change can happen.
  4. Broad knowledge of the social and emotional factors that affect a child’s capacity to learn and develop.
  5. Evidence of the ability and commitment to support and motivate children, young people and their families.
  6. Effective communication to de-escalate challenging situations and provide appropriate advice and facilitation
  7. Accurate and detailed information recording and record keeping skills.
  8. To be self-motivated and to be able to work without constant supervision
  9. Experience of solution focused approaches in practice.
  10. Relevant experience of working directly with children, young people and their families.

Values and Personal Qualities

  1. Sensitivity to disability, sexuality, gender and ethnicity issues.
  2. Ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  3. Ability to find solutions, plan and develop interventions with families.
  4. Emotional resilience.

Additional requirements

  1. An enhanced DBS check is required for this role
  2. A full, clean driving licence is required
  3. Must be able to work flexibly (shift work and weekend working are a core part of the role, including bank holidays)
  4. Willingness to undertake training as required to update knowledge and skills.

If you have a disability or long term illness that otherwise prevents you from meeting any of the essential criteria, please contact us to discuss whether a reasonable adjustment could be made.

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