Our client provides various kinds of support to women and children in need.
Position Available: Childrens Support Worker - Kingston, 2-3 months, £11.50 per hour, 35 hrs per week
The job involves working closely children and their mothers who are living in our refuges escaping domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse. A key requirement is to provide personal welfare support and to ensure that women are provided with a safe, supportive and welcoming environment.
The post holder will support children who have witnessed or experienced domestic violence and plan and provide stimulating, safe, and appropriate play opportunities.
Managing service delivery and performance
- To create a safe, supportive and welcoming environment for children.
- To plan and provide stimulating play opportunities to encourage children from all backgrounds to develop and express themselves through play
- To take an active role in leading play activities during school holidays and after school.
- To work closely with workers to provide practical information and assistance to women about local services for children, such as play schemes, nursery or schools.
- To provide fun and creative activities for children and their mothers together where appropriate.
- To undertake risk assessment for all activities to ensure that all health and safety requirements are met
- To ensure that any issues in relation to safeguarding children or vulnerable adults are brought to the immediate attention of the service manager, or if unavailable another manager.
- To provide child care so that mothers can speak freely about their experiences of abuse and make safety plans without their child being present and to enable them to attend meetings with solicitors, police and other agencies.
- To work with workers to ensure a package of support is provided to children and their mothers, ensuring sensitivity to cultural needs and to address issues such as discrimination and other barriers to accessing services.
- To set up and maintain an inventory of all equipment and resources
- To undertake administrative tasks and keep records of service activity as required. This will include providing details of activities to the fundraising team so they can update funders.
- To be an ambassador working in partnership with other agencies to ensure an effective, coordinated community response to survivors of domestic violence and their children.
- To work within quality management system following all policies and procedures.
- To report any problems/difficulties/complaints to the manager and participate in follow up investigations as required.
- To maintain confidentiality and to ensure that professional boundaries are observed when working with clients, staff and external bodies and to work within Code of Conduct.
- To maintain the security and well-being of survivors of domestic violence and their children within the premises, and to communicate immediately with the Services Manager any breaches of security, house rules or occupancy agreements especially where there is concern about safety.
- To ensure that security of sensitive information is maintained and complies with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 2018.
Managing health and safety
- To promote and ensure safe working for self and others by strict adherence to Security procedures and Health and Safety policy.
- To and support the management of health, safety and security within a refuge, including carrying out and recording regular fire and health and safety checks, ensuring that fire equipment and fire doors are in working order and not obstructed.
- To ensure that all equipment provided by is in safe working order and that periodic testing and maintenance is carried out.
- To ensure that the accommodation is always attractive and comfortable and that a good standard of hygiene is maintained in the refuge. To carry out cleaning and other light manual duties when required.
- To arrange and supervise contractors, carrying out maintenance, window cleaning and cleaning of communal areas.
- Proven experience of working with children
- Experience of organising and providing play and other activities.
- Knowledge of the dynamics and impact of domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse and how best to support survivors.
- An understanding of health and safety requirements in providing services for children.
- Evidence of the ability to build and develop supportive relationships with individuals who may have complex needs.
- Understanding of and willingness to undertake training in Safeguarding and Child Protection.
- Evidence of the ability to build effective relationships, both internally and externally, showing sensitivity for others' viewpoints and valuing diversity
How to apply:
If you feel that you fully meet the above outlined criteria for this role and would like to apply for this post, please forward your CV for consideration to firstname.lastname@example.org
Disclaimer: This vacancy is based in the United Kingdom. Barker Ross Health&Social Care only operates in the UK and can only process applications from candidates who are currently a resident and eligible to work in the UK.
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