Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation

Vacancy | Support worker

Job Description

Start Date: 12th July 2021

How to Apply: Please send CV and Cover Letter titled Support Worker Vacancy by email to kate.hansell@wakefieldtrinity.com.

Job Summary (The main purpose of the job)

The Support Worker is responsible for inspiring and assisting an individual young person with additional needs through the whole of their NCS programme so that they can get the most out of the experience. The kind of support that is required depends on the needs of the individual young person but can include supporting learning needs, mental health needs, physical disabilities, and behavioural need.

This role is suitable for a compassionate and confident person who is passionate about ensuring that all young people are able to access our NCS programme. The Support Worker will be able to motivate and gain the respect of their assigned young person. They will take overall responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of their assigned young person; in some cases, this will include responsibility for administering medication.

 The Support Worker will report to the Programme Manager and will work with them and other staff to ensure that the young person is supported in a way that empowers them to socially mix and fully engage in the programme independently wherever possible.

Key responsibilities:

  • Lead, motivate and pastorally care for a young person(s) with additional support needs and/or behavioural support needs. Ensuring their ability to take part fully and assisting with their personal development through all parts of the NCS programme.
  • Oversee the health and safety of your assigned young person(s) within the group at all times.
  • Identify barriers preventing a young person(s) to fully engage with the programme and seek solution-based strategies to overcome barriers; to ensure that your young person(s) can fully participate in all activities.
  • Work collaboratively with the Team Leader and/or Wave Leader to effectively manage any challenging behaviour with your young person(s).
  • Help integrate their assigned young person into a team of up to 15 other young people and support them in the wider group of up to 75 young people

Individual Care:

  • Meet with the young person(s) and their parent/guardian in advance of the NCS programme to ensure a positive start to building a working relationship with the young person(s)
  • Complete any specific additional training required to work on the programme, if required.
  • Set out and discuss with the young person(s) their goals for the programme and address any specific concerns prior to the programme start.
  • During the programme contact the young person’s parent/guardian on an agreed regular basis, where required.

Support Workers will be expected to participate alongside our young people in a variety of activities.

We run a fast-paced and challenging programme that requires a high level of flexibility. In addition to the responsibilities outlined you may be required by Wakefield Trinity to undertake any duties within your skills and capabilities which the club reasonably considers necessary to meet the needs of the NCS Programme.

We are committed to ensuring every young person who wants to can fully participate in the NCS programme and have invested significantly into supporting young people who have additional needs.

Safeguarding Statement and Requirements:

WTFC is committed to safeguarding and welfare of young people taking part in the programme. We expect all staff to share this commitment.
As part of this commitment to providing a safe environment for our young people, we require all candidates to return a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate.
WTFC will assist with the application and the processing of a new DBS.
We also require two satisfactory references, including your current or last employer.
Referees can be employers or anyone to whom you are known in a professional or academic context.
Criminal Record Disclosures:

We recognise the contribution that former or ex-offenders can make as an employee; a person’s criminal record will not in itself, debar that person from being appointed to this post. Candidates will be given an opportunity to provide us with information on their criminal record. This information will be handled sensitively.

If you think this could be you, please send us an email/message to receive the application form to complete.

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