JOB TITLE: CYP Senior Support Worker
EMPLOYMENT STATUS: 6 months Fixed Term January 2024 – June 2024
RESPONSIBLE TO: Children and Young People’s Service Manager
SALARY: £11.90 per hour
HOURS: 28 hours per week: Sunday – Thursday
WHERE: Pinewood/ head office as well as Birmingham & Coventry session cover
Who We Look for?
Are you a warm, personable, and highly motivated individual who can empower and support a team and children and young people with complex need and disabilities?
Do you have passion for what you do, are a strong communicator, team player and have good problem-solving skills?
The senior support worker will work alongside an experienced and established team of support workers across the West Midlands region.
We place a high value upon integrity, ethical standards, and a commitment to excellence.
If you have experience leading children’s sessions, planning activities and working with children and young people with complex disabilities, as well as their families and multi -professionals, we welcome you to apply. However, we strongly value transferable skills from other sectors and provide comprehensive training to all our staff.
What does a CYP Senior Support Worker do?
Midland Mencap is looking to appoint a senior support worker to create exciting and unique activity planning which will enhance the delivery of our short break’s sessions.
Our senior support worker will have a passion and dedication to providing high quality fun and safe experiences for our children and young people. They will be able to follow a person-centred approach when producing activities and support for children and young people with complex needs. They will be responsible for not only facilitating sessions across our West Midlands Service but will also be responsible for running and leading our weekly Youth Club sessions and supporting our After School Club. This also runs alongside working with external agencies such as social workers and schools in order to complete quality assessments for new referrals.
Safeguarding our children and young people will be at the forefront of the role and as a facilitator of a session, the Senior Support Worker will need to have the confidence in reporting, recording and initially managing any arising concerns in a timely manner in line with Midland Mencap’s Safeguarding policies and procedures. They will ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people by proactively managing safeguarding principles and practices.
The senior support worker will have a willingness to undertake specific training enquired for the role, as well as taking responsibility when leading session for aspects such as administering feed tubing or emergency medication.
They will also strive to maintain a safe, creative, and stimulating environment for children and young people’s social, leisure and recreational activities. During sessions senior support workers will be expected to be a positive role model and mentor to new support new staff during their probationary period, providing regular feedback to the coordinators.
As a senior support worker, you will be an enthusiastic, motivated individual, to be able to use own initiative, have the ability to support all children and young people and work well within the established teams. You will also have a willingness to try new things, alongside being able to adapt to the needs of Midland Mencap in order to expand the growth of the children and young people’s service.
Under the direction of the Children and Young Person’s Service Manager:
- To create and produce themed session planning on a weekly basis for our sessions, whilst liaising with the CYP coordinator team in ensuring they have sufficient resources and equipment to run sessions.
- Arranging and attending assessments for new referrals and completing a full assessment.
- To take the lead for specific tasks as designated by the CYP Service Manager/operation manager.
- Facilitate sessions during weekends and school holidays, as well as supporting in the leading of youth club and after school club.
- 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 practices.
- Maintain a safe, creative, and stimulating environment for children and young people’s social experiences whilst accessing our short breaks service.
- Support children & young people to participate in arts and crafts, games, sports, drama, music, & outings.
- Be vigilant to and respond to arising or potential health and safety issues in the first instance.
- Follow financial and administrative procedures, such as ensuring staff are completing correct timesheets.
- Follow first aid procedures and keep records of all accidents, incidents and treatment given. As well as reporting these to line manager.
- 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 and network 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 and cover in other regions Midland Mencap deliver support in when necessary.
- Participate in planned regular meetings with the Children and Young Person’s co-ordinator and other Midland Mencap colleagues.
- Attend planned/compulsory training.
- Adhere to and implement organisational policies and procedures.
- Carry out any other tasks that are deemed appropriate within your job role and the aims of the organisation.