Child Support Worker

JOB TITLE:  Child Support Worker


REPORTS TO:  Team Leader

LOCATION: Poole / Bournemouth

OVERALL PURPOSE:  To ensure the achieve positive outcomes and the continual safety, health, well being of the children and young people using Children’s Team.


  • Take responsibility for a child within th:eir home/in the community, whilst team working for the care and oversight of others
  • Follow each individual child or young person’s care plan and contribute to their continuing development
  • Assist where necessary all children and young people with intimate and personal care e.g. personal hygiene, feminine hygiene and bathing
  • Assist where necessary any child or young person with eating and drinking or maintaining their nutritional needs
  • Support children and young people to fulfil their social and emotional needs through play/activities
  • Encourage acceptable social behaviour from all children at all times
  • Follow guidance of other professionals in providing learning opportunities; follow any schemes / programmes suggested by therapists etc
  • Be innovative in suggesting opportunities for trips, activities, play and learning
  • Accompany children and young people on outings and trips
  • Take responsibility and account for any child or young person’s money as required. e.g.  Booking in the money, taking it on outings
  • Actively promote, by example good attitudes, from members of the public, towards children and young people with special needs
  • Encourage self advocacy whenever possible and help the children and young people in their attempts to communicate their wishes and desires
  • Where children and young people are unable to articulate for themselves, be prepared to speak up for them, promoting the child or young person’s known views and preferences
  • Contribute to regular revision of care plans as required
  • Discuss and report any concerns about the children or young people with senior staff
  • Adhere to the highest standards of Safeguarding Procedures including completing body map forms as required and passing to team leader on shift
  • List all personal belongings on first day and ensure all belongings go home with the child or young person at the end of the visit if staying in Smithers
  • Sort, wash and iron children or young people’s clothes as required
  • Clean children or young person’s wheelchair as required
  • Attend and take part in staff meetings and discussions
  • Play an active role as part of the staff team.

Qualifications – essential / desirable

  • Diploma Level 3 or equivalent – essential (or willing to work towards)
  • Basic numeracy and literacy – essential
  • Full UK, manual driving licence – desirable

Key competencies / values – essential / desirable

  • Interpersonal skills – essential
  • Team work – essential
  • Clear communication – essential
  • Understands, values and respects people – essential
  • Person centred approach – essential
  • Problem solving – essential
  • Self management – essential
  • Basic IT Skills – essential

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