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Apprentice Residential Worker

Cherry Lodge
Clayton, Peterborough, PE2 5SD
£22,183.00 - £28,672.00 annually
Closing date
11 Dec 2021

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Health & Social Care
Public Sector / Government
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Higher
Start Date
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To provide young people receiving residential care with the necessary support, care, guidance and positive adult role models.To act in a professional, parental capacity towards these young people, whilst sharing this responsibility (and supplementing it where necessary) with the young person's own family. To ensure that each child and young person consistently maximises their potential.

Duties include:
  • Act as a keyworker for particular child/children under supervision including befriending, advising and acting as an advocate, so as to ensure that they receive appropriate levels and standards of individual care and support
  • Maintain standards of recognised good practice at all times when dealing with children and young people by establishing purposeful and constructive relationships and appropriate role modelling so as to assist with the development of their life and social skills and age-appropriate independence
  • Work in line with Departmental procedures, unit policies and legislative frameworks
  • Take appropriate action to ensure that care plans are designed, implemented and reviewed, so that children's behaviour is managed, their health, social and emotional development is monitored and appropriate opportunities are made available to assist with cultural/spiritual needs
  • Communicate and engage with children so that their stay in the unit is purposeful and enjoyable
  • Assist with the induction of new staff by providing them with work shadowing opportunities and contribute towards the evolution of good practice by supporting new staff, so that they can acquire the basic skills of their roles in a systematic way
  • Maintain and produce required records and files, attend and contribute towards reviews, case conferences and planning meetings and assist with routine administration, so as to help ensure that the Home has efficient systems. Produce reports as required
  • Take responsibility for personal development including participating in and contributing to supervision/appraisals as well undertaking a comprehensive training programme
  • Take occasional responsibility for defined aspects of the daily running of the Home as delegated by a senior member of staff or manager, so as to ensure that at all times a designated person is in a position to take necessary decisions

Generic Responsibilities:
  • To carry out all responsibilities with regard to the Council's Equalities Policy and Procedures and Customer Care Policy
  • To comply with all Health and Safety at work requirements as laid down by the employer
  • The council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment

Flexibility Clause:
  • Other duties and responsibilities express and implied which arise from the nature and character of the post within the department (or section) mentioned above or in a comparable post in any of the Organisation's other sections or departments

Variation Clause:
  • This is a description of the job as it is constituted at the date shown.It is the practice of this Authority to periodically examine job descriptions, update them and ensure that they relate to the job performed, or to incorporate any proposed changes.This procedure will be conducted by the appropriate manager in consultation with the postholder. In these circumstances it will be the aim to reach agreement on reasonable changes, but if agreement is not possible the Head of Service reserves the right to make changes to your job description following consultation

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Ability to communicate verbally andin writing with children and families
  • Ability to complete relevant training including National Diploma 3
  • Knowledge and understanding of good Customer Care
  • Must have understanding of child development and children's physical andemotional needs.
  • Involvement with children as a paid worker, volunteer or carer
  • Willingness to work to guidelines andpolicy on smoking at work
  • Able to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends and bank holidays, sometimes at short notice
  • Candidates must demonstrate understanding of, acceptance and commitment to the principals underlying equal opportunities
  • Knowledge and understanding of effective customer care

  • Experience and understanding of the role of Key Worker within a residential establishment
  • Knowledge of play and activities
  • Report writing andrecording skills
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation, guidance and policy
  • Knowledge of familysystems theories

Personal qualities

  • Have confidence to establish and maintain positive relationships with individuals and groups

Desired qualifications

  • GCSE A-C or equivalent inEnglish and Maths (or the equivalent) is essential
  • Full UK driving license is desirable

Future prospects

Potential to gain a permanentposition.

Things to consider

For this role the employer would complete a DBS check.

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week). For more information please visit:
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