Senior Children's Residential Support Worker

Omega Omega Care
Location pin Wrexham
Job title: Senior Children's Residential Support Worker Location: Wrexham Hourly rate: £12.50 unqualified - £13.00 qualified per hour Working hours: Full-time, 40 hours per week Qualifications required: Qualified to NVQ Level 3; Children and Young People (or equivalent), or willingness to achieve this within 18 months of taking the post. *qualification bar in place based on achieving NVQ Level 3 Children and Young People Workforce*

Company information: 

Since 2015 Omega Care has been transforming what the provision of care is all about. Our founder, Alex had a complicated upbringing, being placed in foster care at 12 and placed in a children's home at 15, he experienced a care system that was broken. This lived experience is the driving force behind the excellent care we provide to all the children who require Omegas services. We have a bold vision to transform people's lives and we are looking for a team to help achieve it. 

Role Description: 

To deliver a sensitive and nurturing recovery focus approach to Children and Young People aged between 10-19 years of age who have experienced adverse childhood and experiences and present with behaviours which challenge.  To promote a restorative culture and utilise skills of a trauma informed approach to meet the support needs of each child’s social, psychological, behavioural, cultural and educational needs. Act as a key worker/co-key worker to an Omega Care Group Child or Young Person.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • To work very closely with the Deputy Manager, Registered Manager and Responsible Individual to ensure the running of the home is to a high standard expected of Omega while meeting the regulations under the Regulations and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016.
  • To preserve and develop a healthy, positive, flourishing, and safe home environment
  • To foster and endorse 7 Core Aims within all areas of practice. 
  • To facilitate Omega Care Group’s trauma informed approach to supporting children and young people with adverse childhood experience. 
  • Preserve a sensitive and nurturing recovery focussed approach through person centred engagement and interaction to support the realisation of potential and promote a positive sense of self-worth and personal identity.
  • To provide support with care including personal care needs, encouragement of engagement in indoor and outdoor activities, cooking, cleaning, washing, shopping and budgeting pocket monies. 
  • Support and enable young people to meet their cultural, faith based and personal identity needs and wishes.
  • To uphold Omega Care Group’s restorative culture aimed at building relationships and empowerment.
  • Adherence to right to be safe aim, ensuring safeguarding of every child is paramount. Ensuring Omega Care Group’s children’s welfare and wellbeing at all times. This is inclusive of upholding a safeguarding ethos and working towards reducing Missing from Care, Child Sexual Exploitation, Child Criminal Exploitation and any other form of exploitation through Omega Care Group’s policies and procedures and protocols. 
  • To facilitate and contribute to agreed risk management measures centred around the individual child’s needs. 
  • Develop and promote the engagement of accessible and meaningful education and training opportunities in line with the Childs ability, wants and wishes.
  • To work in partnership with each young person to actively promote the voice of the child. 
  • To contribute to the development of the child through the provision’s recovery-based environment and being a committed and consistent adult role model. 
  • To ensure pocket money / petty cash receipts are retained for financial auditing records while maintaining weekly/monthly audits on the children’s files.
  • To follow the child’s Personal plans, risk management plan and Behavioural Support Plan and carry out job role in accordance with Omega Care Group childcare policies and procedures at all times. 
  • To support and deliver any transitional or moving on plans as outlined within the child’s or young person care plan / Personal plan / pathway plan.
  • Uphold and maintain a daily log, produce child friendly detailed files documenting progression in line with the care planning standard and GDPR standards and legislation and ensure all staff on shift also adhere to this.
  • To delegate relevant tasks to Residential Child Care worker and also write task allocation sheet for Residential Child Care Worker.
  • To complete children’s file audits on a weekly and monthly basis.
  • To ensure that you and the team meet Health and Safety requirements and they are updated and maintained to standards as required by CIW and Omega Care Group.
  • To be committed to being on call and being available during your on-call period for anyone who needs further advice/support.  
  • To ensure that the staff are supervising the children at all times and have the confidence to address any staffing/practice issues raised whilst on your shift.  
  • To report any safeguarding concerns to Omega Care Group Designated Safeguarding Lead and follow the correct procedures.  
  • To administer medication to children who require it and ensure that you abide by the medication policies and procedures.                                           
  • To refer to risk assessments and individual child plans and understand the content of these including in relation to away from home activities, trips and visits. 
  • To give staff handovers before commencing or leaving a shift engaging in a thorough handover to ensure staff can take over a shift safely. To also complete a debrief every evening as part of your reflective practice, establishing if there was any issues/ positives from the shift.  
  • Operate within Positive Behaviour Management procedures, Restrictive Physical Policy and Restraint Reduction Policy centred around de-escalation and trust. At time, staff will be expected to utilise approved restrictive physical intervention in the best interest of the child or young person. Any use of restrictive physical intervention will abide to training, protocols and procedures adhering to Omega Care Group pledge to Restraint Reduction Network. 

The post holder will be expected to:

  • Have the ability to build trust with children and offer strategies to help children manage their inner anxieties and regulate their feelings and behaviour. 
  • To identify and set consistent rules and boundaries to modify maladaptive behaviours using Omega Care Group recovery model to emotional regulation. 
  • To observe, prepare and participate in regular reports, consultations, reviews and professional meetings for the children and other meetings as required, ensuring Looked after Children documentation is kept up to date.
  • To take significant lead in any admissions and discharges to the home
  • To safeguard children at all times and be alert to signs of distress or abuse and where necessary referring on to Omega Care Group Designated Safeguarding Lead, to ensure children can be monitored and protected appropriately. 
  • Ensure effective staff inductions, probationary reviews and staff support sessions take place for Residential Child Care Worker and Senior Residential Child Care Worker. To carry out regular supervisions, appraisals, assessments and team meetings, ensuring the home is a friendly, supportive and caring environment. To establish and maintain positive working relationships across Omega Care Group’ teams.   
  • To participate in effective multi-agency partnership working with professionals and relevant others in the best interests of the young person

Qualification Bar:

  • Completing relevant tasks of Deputy Manager where required when Deputy Manager is absent or requires assistance
We invest in our staff in the same way we invest in the children in our care, that is why we offer our staff: 
  • Additional allowances for sleep duty
  • 2 year continuous service bonus
  • Access to health care support
  • Qualification incentive
  • Training 
  • 28 days annual leave pro rata (inclusive of bank holidays)
The post holder will be expected to carry out any additional duties or tasks commensurate with their role, as identified by their line manager or management team. All posts within Omega Care Group are subject to the Safer Recruitment process. This includes receipt of a satisfactory enhanced DBS and two appropriate satisfactory references.  This post is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

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