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Apprentice Residential Support Worker

Bladon House School
Newton Solney, Burton-on-Trent, DE15 0TA
£347.49 per week
Closing date
11 Dec 2021

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Health & Social Care
Public Sector / Government
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Higher
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Duties will include:
  • To contribute towards 1:1 Supervision and Performance Management Meetings in order to promote good practice and personal and professional development
  • To support the young person in areas of personal hygiene and intimate care procedures
  • To be aware of Bladon House School's NAPPI policies in dealing with all areas of a young person's welfare eg putting appropriate augmentative communication systems in place; making judgements about what kind of interventions are appropriate; following approaches by NAPPI trainers and the Team around the child (TAC)
  • To implement care procedures as presented in the school handbook and
  • To promote independence and choice to individuals and advocate on behalf of young people
  • Ensuring all aspects of the young people's life is planned assessed and reviewed holistically and individual needs are met
  • To ensure that the young person's care plan and placement plan is up to date and the children/ young adults are supported to contribute to this process
  • To balance at all times the young person's actual age with their ability age
  • To ensure that the young person's environment is clean, personalised and regularly reviewed for decoration. To complete any domestic duties as required
  • To meet leisure and social needs by providing purposeful activities and organised time for play; community access and independent time. These may require a basic level of fitness e.g swimming/bike riding etc.)
  • To participate in working rotas as required and to undertake sleeping duties. Ensuring you make all the necessary arrangements to complete reserve sleep in requirements
  • To work flexibly and cooperatively as part of the student support system
  • To follow child protection procedures as required and at all times
  • To observe and maintain confidentiality at all times
  • To undertake other duties as reasonably expected of an RSW
  • To take responsibility for self development through the performance review process and undertake any relevant training as offered by the Head Teacher, in conjunction with the training and development plans
  • To work within the spirit and intentions of the Equal Opportunities and Equality & Diversity policies and procedures and report any concerns to your line manager immediately
  • To undertake any other duties within the competency of the post as determined by the Headteacher/Head of Care/Residential Manageraccordance with Quality Standards

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Able to work under guidance of a Team/Shift Leader
  • Good verbal and listening skills
  • Ability to work as a team member
  • Able to use own initiative
  • Able to work in challenging circumstances
  • A commitment to protecting those in our care and keeping yourself and colleagues safe, therefore willing to wear PPE and take part in regular Coronavirus testing as instructed.
  • Willing to care for or support those who may have an illness, infection or virus such as Coronavirus and therefore had or willing to have the Covid-19 vaccine (and any required booster jabs) where there is no medical or religious reason not to do so
  • Experience of organising activities for children or young adults
  • Knowledge of augmentative communication and alternative communication tools
  • Interest/involvement in sports and recreational activities, art & craft or music

Personal qualities

  • Ability to work unsocial hours
  • Tolerance and patience
  • Excellent value base
  • Flexible approach to work tasks
  • Resilient and able to work with challenging behaviours
  • Smart appearance
  • A natural respect of the individuality and dignity of those in our care
  • An ability to engage with and enthuse children and young adults
  • Show commitment to equality of opportunity at all times and have due respect for the diverse make up of colleagues and those in our care

Desired qualifications

  • English and maths BTEC Level 2/GCSE/equivalent
  • Level 2 Qualification in Care or Children & Young People or equivalent
  • Willingness to undertake accredited courses and mandatory training within the time set
  • Right to work in UK
  • Youth Leader Certificate
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Driving licence desirable but not essential

Future prospects

Following the apprenticeship, you will have the opportunity to continue your employment. The home invests in people and continual personal development. Career development pathway opportunities include Senior RSW, Team leaders, House Managers and Deputy Heads of Care. The department is led by a Registered Manager who is also the Head of Care.

Things to consider

  • Shifts work
  • Early shift 07.15 until 15.45 Late shift13.30 until 22.00
  • 3 week rolling rota that includes evenings and weekends. One weekend off in three
  • This is an active role working with children and young people. Every day is different. One day you can be playing computer games with them the next you could out mountain biking
  • You will be trained to manage challenging behaviour through NAPPI. The positive behaviour intervention technique we use. You will need to understand that challenging behaviour is part of the difficulties of the young peoples disability and communication needs. The behaviour displayed can include both physically and psychologically challenging behaviour
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