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Residential Support Worker

Date Posted: 20-Feb-2018
Closing Date: 30-Apr-2018
Location: Ilford, Essex
Salary: Minimum - £9.00, Maximum - £10.00 per Hour
Gateway Independent Living ( GIL ) takes young people from residential or foster care placements and graduates them through our specialist residential support schemes into independent, unsupported accommodation. All of our residential units are based in Ilford and Romford. At GIL we believe that all young people have the potential to become successful adults.
We currently seek experienced residential support workers who have worked with looked after children for a full time contract ( 40hrs a week )


You will have specific key worker responsibility:

There are four main responsibilities associated with the post of Support Worker within the leaving care projects:

* Direct work with young people that is key working and generally taking an active part in providing support on a shift work basis.

* Contact and dialogue with Social Services personnel and outside agencies who have an involvement in the centre, or interest in its young people.

* General that is taking responsibility for the upkeep of the establishment with regard to health and safety and primary care issues, as well as making autonomous decisions about individual young peoples requests and behaviour whilst on shift.

* Administrative work and record keeping associated

* Professional Care:
To promote the development of the young people assisting them to move on to independent living
To protect young people from threats to their health, welfare and development, both from inside and outside the centre
To ensure that the home environment is appropriate and sensitive to the needs of the young people living there
To ensure that key stages in the stay of young people such as admission and discharge are properly managed and reflect decisions recorded in care plans
To ensure that young people facing particular crises and stresses are offered appropriate additional support and to ensure that staff are supported in dealing with this work.
To participate in the development, implementation and monitoring of individual care plans
To develop and maintain good working relationships with parents and other family members where appropriate, social workers, education and career staff and other professionals with a concern for the young peoples needs, such as general practitioners or psychologists
To ensure that specific needs are met where appropriate such as dietary advice, religious observance and culturally significant activities
To ensure that young people carry as much responsibility for their own lives as they can reasonably and demonstrably be expected to carry, keeping them informed of their circumstances and rights, involving them in planning their lives, supporting them and helping them towards taking greater control and responsibility
To ensure compliance with the Children Act 2000 and associated regulations, including where appropriate the Children's Homes Regulations (1991), any recommendations outlined by the Social Services Inspectorate, and appropriate housing legislation
To provide after care support as appropriate when a young person moves onto independent living

Household Responsibilities: To share in the practical activities necessary to maintain the centre.
To set high standards in homemaking
To care for the household environment, equipment and overall residential unit
To be accountable for subsistence / money allocated for specific purposes
To keep abreast of good practice in order to develop skills, knowledge and experience, in accordance with a personal development plan.
To make use of regular professional supervision
To report to a line manager, or other appropriate person, malpractice or evidence which may suggest it

Additional Duties:
To carry out any other reasonable duties as requested by the Unit Manager
To work shifts including nights, weekends and bank holidays as necessary

Please send an updated CV and on successful review we will forward on an application pack.

Main duties: To be responsible as a member of the staff team to formulate care plans with young people, construct packages of care to meet their needs and for the direct day to day support and housing management tasks such as managing arrears, health and safety and maintenance issues for young people living at the centre and support to move on to independent living.

*** Due to the requirement of our existing user group we seek support workers who have experience of working with young people with challenging behaviour, a high risk of child sexual exploitation and a background of young people with mental health.***


* A good understanding of key working with vulnerable young adults
* Good knowledge and experience of dealing with challenging behaviour
* Ability to work nights and weekends
* Ability to communicate on a number of levels ( young people, professionals, staff )
* Good written and verbal communication skills
* NVQ Level 3 in Children and Young Peoples Workforce or a Diploma in Youth Work or equivalent
* A current DBS certificate
* A full driving licence and own transport would also be ideal although this is not a specification for the job!

You will be committed to providing an excellent level of care for our young people, enthusiastic in your approach, assertive in difficult situations and have great interpersonal skills.

*** GIL is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the successful applicant will be expected to undertake an Enhanced Criminal disclosure ***

*** Opportunities for Management Leadership Mentorship Scheme **

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