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Young Persons Support Worker

Location: Coleshill, Midlands Rate of Pay: £14.00 per hour

Hours per Week: 2 hours per week

Job Reference: JATHC Expires: 18th December 2017

About the Employer

To support a 13 year old boy with social skills and interaction.

To provide specialist support and understanding in creating a bond of trust, positive friendship and support in the development of social, independent and life skills.


Summary of Duties

Required:

Knowledge and understanding of issues relating to young people with a diagnoses of autism

A commitment to a service which provides support to vulnerable young people, and which is respectful and according to the individuals’ wishes.

To facilitate and support the young person in decision making, promoting choice, involvement and control.

Ensure the young person’s needs are met through planning and reviewing.

Support the young person’s participation in social and leisure opportunities within the local community and with local groups.

Interact and participate with the young person’s development of self-help skills, supporting to them to reach their full potential.

Provide stimulating play/communication opportunities to encourage the young person to develop and express themselves.

A willingness to travel to support the delivery of the young person’s  needs

When required, to take an active role in leading play activities.

To report any problems/difficulties to mum.

To maintain confidentiality and to ensure that professional boundaries are observed when working with the young person and their family.

To ensure the safety of the individual at all times.

Encourage self-advocacy whenever possible and help the young person in their attempts to communicate their wishes and desires

If needs be, if the young person is unable to articulate for themselves, in a sensitive and reassuring way be prepared to speak up for them, promoting their known views and preferences.


The Person They Are Looking For

Person specification

 

Flexible and innovative approach to working.

Significant proven experience of working with children.

Knowledge of the dynamics and impact of supporting a young people with additional needs.

Knowledge and understanding of supporting a young person who experiences various forms of sensory sensitivity such as touch and noise.

Evidence of the ability to build and develop supportive relationships with  young people and maintaining professional boundaries.

Ability to build effective relationships, showing sensitivity for others’ viewpoints and valuing diversity.

Evidence of the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, including the ability to listen actively and match communication to the needs of the children.

Evidence of the ability to be calm and resilient whilst under pressure and to remain optimistic and persistent.

Understanding the importance of seeking guidance and support when required.

Car Owner/Driver.

DBS will be processed.

 

Key Competencies

 

Good written and verbal communication skills.

To understand the principles of empowerment and the ability to support the young person to exercise choice and control over all aspects of their lives.

Ability to communicate with people at all levels.

Ability to work unsupervised.

Ability to work on own initiative.

Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Good interpersonal skills.

Good listening skills.

Driver/own transport.


The Times Required

Negotiable.


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