Job Vacancy: Children and Young Person’s Support Worker

Job Description and Person Specification

Post: Children and Young Person’s Support Worker

  • Location:  Coventry and North Warwickshire
  • Salary:     £9.12 per hour
  • Hours:      Zero-hour contract which will include weekends and school holidays
  • Accountable to:  Children and Young Person’s Coordinator

That all children and young people with a physical or learning disability or difficulty have access to fun, safe and inclusive experiences and opportunities that unlocks their potential.

Through a passionate, committed and highly trained team, we will deliver high quality, person-centred social & recreational activities and support to children, young people and their families.

Purpose of the post and role:
To support the CYP Coordinator in the delivery of social and recreational activities across Coventry and Warwickshire.

Primary duties:

  • To follow a person centred approach when providing activities and support for children and young people with complex needs
  • To take the lead for specific tasks as designated by the coordinator.
  • To mentor and support new staff during their probationary period.
  • To undertake training and take responsibility for children/young person who require tube feeding or emergency medication.
  • Ensure that all information for a designated group of children is kept up to date including “All About Me’s” protocols and risk assessments
  • Ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people by proactively managing safeguarding principles and practises.
  • Maintain a safe, creative and stimulating environment for children and young people’s social, leisure and recreational activities
  • Attend staff meetings before and after sessions on a planned basis to discuss and assess the progress of the service
  • Attend training sessions
  • Support children & young people to participate in arts and crafts, games, sports, drama, music, & outings
  • Be aware and respond to health and safety issues
  • Follow financial and administrative procedures as directed by the Children and Young Person’s Coordinator
  • Follow first aid procedures and keep records of all accidents, incidents and treatment given
  • Provide personal care when needed respecting the dignity and privacy of the individual at all times.
  • Monitor and evaluate children and young peoples’ progress through observation and record keeping
  • Promote Midland Mencap to families and other agencies
  • Ensure that responsibilities are carried out in accordance with Health and Safety legislation, and Midland Mencap’s Equal Opportunities and Child Protection Policies
  • Ensure appropriate professional boundaries with children, young people, parents and carers, staff and volunteers are maintained across the service
  • Be available to work flexible hours city-wide
  • Participate in planned regular meetings with the Children and Young Person’s co-ordinator and other Midland Mencap colleagues
  • Attend planned training

Person Specification

General background:

  • Be willing to undertake an enhanced CRB
  • Ability to use person centred approaches to plan & deliver social, leisure and recreational opportunities for children and young people with learning disabilities and complex needs
  • Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, parents, carers, children & young people
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Practical arts, crafts, music, drama, sports or games skills
  • Have held a position of responsibility

Experience and knowledge:

  • To work as part of a team
  • Demonstrate an ability to motivate and encourage children and young people with complex needs to participate in activities
  • Show an understanding of alternative methods of communication that could be used with non-verbal children and young people
  • To plan and deliver creative programmes to meet individual levels of ability and need
  • Willing to undertake further training
  • Be able to participate in sports and other physicals activities
  • Demonstrate an ability to work on own initiative
  • Demonstrate leadership skills

Essential additional skills:

  • Have a current driving licence with access to own transport.

Desirable additional skills:

  • Be qualified in First Aid
  • Be able to speak an additional community language

Midland Mencap staff are expected to adhere to the organisation’s Equal Opportunities Policy, appropriate professional codes of practise and ethics.