An Introduction To Children's Residential Support Work
Are you a caring, sociable person, at your happiest when you’re looking after other people? Do you want the best for others, often putting their needs above your own? Do you want to make a real difference to the lives of young people and be a positive influence on young people in our society? Would you like a career that is truly rewarding?
If you can honestly answer yes to these questions, we may have your ideal job. Ever thought of being a Children's Support Worker?
What does a children's residential support worker do?
Support Workers provide some of the most vulnerable and traumatized children within our society with care, nurture and support. Day to day your responsibilities are.
- To be involved in the direct delivery of services to the young people.
- To assist the Management team in providing the highest possible standards of care guidance, support and protection for the young people and cooperate fully with colleagues.
- To carry out any of the practical tasks outlined on individual job lists.
- Record keeping and administration as required to include supporting with auditing and maintenance of children's files.
- To be constantly vigilant on health and safety matters and to share concerns of the same immediately with line management.
- Attending and contributing to regular supervision sessions by arrangement with the Registered Manager
- Offer ideas & organise stimulating activities and new experiences to enable poorly motivated young people to achieve.
As a Support Worker, you’ll be working with a mix of children to provide support within their daily lives. You’ll be responsible for providing the best care possible to those who may need it.
Once you become a Support Worker, you’ll really start to see just how important your role is to the young person, and how you’ll become an integral and stabilizing force within the young person's life. They will be very reliant upon you in tasks such as meal preparation, washing, cleaning, shopping, getting out into the community for activities and updating any relevant paperwork needed in their day to day life.
What skills do I need to be a children's residential support worker?
- A passion to work with young people and strive for the best outcomes possible for them.
- A positive, enthusiastic attitude.
- Ability to approach sensitive situations with tact and confidentiality.
- Ability to remain calm under pressure and deal with potentially challenging behaviours.
What kind of tasks does a residential support worker undertake?
Working with a mix of children will mean no day is the same and some days could be harder than others. Therefore, you’ll need to ensure that you are adaptable and positive in nature.
- You may be expected to perform daily household tasks to ensure cleanliness and order within the residential setting.
- You might also be expected to cook meals for the young people.
- Some care workers are expected to hold a full driving licence to be able to take residents to school, social activities, holidays, outings or to contact meetings with relatives.
- You may also be expected to engage in general behaviour management.
Why go into children's residential support work?
As a Support Worker, you’ll be challenged and rewarded in ways that no other job can. You will learn a lot about yourself and to many people the job of a support worker can be hugely satisfying as you can genuinely help those who need it the most. The job can be difficult as in many cases you will be dealing with young people who have had a traumatic early life so you will also need patience, compassion and understanding.
What can Vetro Recruitment offer me?
Not only will you be working in the most rewarding sector there is, but you'll also be in control of when you work and where you work. You will have the chance to work at a variety of care services across South Wales.
Many of our homes require long days, sometimes sleep-in shifts and on a rare occasion (client dependent), waking nights. We do have other services who require various shifts so it is best to get in contact about what you are looking for in particular.
In an ideal world, you will have experience with children and challenging behaviours. On the other hand, we also love giving people the opportunity to experience a new sector who have supported other client groups within the Social Care sector. If you have no experience you could still be a perfect fit if you are passionate about working with young people and you have a resilient nature.
As a children’s residential support worker, you will earn between £9.50 and £15.00 per hour (subject to client requirements) including holiday pay. You'll be paid on a weekly basis and have the choice of earning holiday pay straight away or accruing your holiday throughout the year.
Vetro Recruitment offers all care of our sector candidates the opportunity to take part in free training sessions aimed at providing you with everything you need to excel within your role as a support worker within the care sector.
In line with changes made to the current qualification structure, those who do not currently hold an NVQ or QCF qualification will need to undertake the newly set out CORE qualification to ensure that they are registered with Social Care Wales by 2022.
If you'd like to know more about gaining the CORE qualification and registering with SCW, please fill in the form below to register your interest: