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.
- 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
- 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.