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Children, Young People and Families Practitioner Apprentice

84, Dallington Avenue, Leyland, PR25 5AG
£320.00 per week
Closing date
22 Jan 2022

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Health & Social Care
Public Sector / Government
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Higher
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To provide highest quality of care, advice, assistance and support to young people. To attend to their practical, physical and emotional needs. To act as an appropriate role model and to work closely with them to enable them to address their difficulties and achieve their optimum potential.

Duties and Responsibilities to the Children and Young People.
  • To maintain a high quality of care and support which meets the physical, emotional, intellectual, social and cultural needs of children and young people. Working from the guidelines from the 1989 Children's Act, National Minimum Standards, Every Child Matters and any other relevant legislation.
  • To provide a caring, supportive and nurturing environment in which children/young people can feel secure and free from harm.
  • Establishing positive relationships with children and young people and always offering them unconditional and positive regard.
  • Helping the children and young people gain self-control by challenging unacceptable behaviour and rewarding acceptable, pro-social conduct.
  • To act as a key worker or co-worker for the children and young people to ensure that all the relevant personal/pathway/placement plans for children and young people are in place, accurate and up to date to reflect their changing needs.
  • Support and supervise the children and young people within the Home in accordance with their personal/pathway/placement plans and the policies, procedures and practices of the Home
  • Attending to practical matters in relation to childcare (cooking, cleaning, general maintenance around the home etc)
  • Establishing relationships which the children and young people perceive to be positive, warm and rewarding
  • Providing advice, assistance and support on a 1:1 basis to enable the children and young people to address past and present difficulties
  • Providing emotional support at times of difficulty or stress
  • Being ambitious for the children and young people, helping them achieve their goals and optimise their potential
  • Providing support and supervise the children and young people in their education, extracurricular activities and in the implementation of an individual programme of life skills, key skills and independence skills and leisure in their Home and the community
  • Empowering young people and facilitating their active involvement in the decision making about their lives and future
  • Acting as an advocate at meetings where the young person is the subject of discussion
  • Encouraging the young person to develop links with the community, attend off-site activities and expand their personal social network
  • Fulfil sleep-in duties in accordance with the agreed rota
  • Make accurate and appropriate entries in Service User's records, diaries and reports as necessary in accordance with Company and local policies, procedures and practices
  • Work with and manage challenging behaviour, enabling Service Users to develop from needing external control to developing self-control
  • Safeguard all children and young people within the Home and ensure their safety and wellbeing
  • Administer medication in accordance with Company and Regulatory Body policies and procedures
  • Ensure that all children and young people personal financial transactions are recorded and administered in accordance with individual placement agreements, and Company and Regulatory Body policies and procedures
  • Check the daily diary and organise the appointments for that day as required
  • Work positively and effectively with relatives, advocates and others involved with Service Users
  • Work in the classroom as required and communicate effectively with education staff to ensure a consistent approach and to provide a daily link between School and Home
  • Liaise with staff from other departments to provide a consistent approach to all aspects of the children and young people care

To work as part of a team.
  • Being aware of the aims and objectives of the home and working collaboratively with colleagues to achieve them
  • Attending and participate in team/ staff meetings, supervision and annual reviews and making a positive contribution to them in accordance with Company policy and the standards set by the Regulatory Body
  • Actively contributing to the development of the team
  • Receiving and storing information to improve communication
  • Willing to give and receive feedback on performance with colleagues and managers
  • Being aware of the plans for all the children and young people and providing support for colleagues by maintaining consistency in the execution of those plans
  • Providing informal practical and emotional support to colleagues experiencing difficulties
  • Attending and contributing to regular supervision sessions in line with the National Minimum Standards
  • Monitoring the conduct of colleagues and referring on any causes for concern (Whistleblowing) Operate at all times in accordance with Company policies and procedures, with particular reference to Safeguarding, Child Protection, Whistleblowing, Complaints and Representations and Behaviour Policies
  • Being familiar with all policies and procedures and adhering to them To work to and exhibit the POSITIVE values of the Company and maintain standards of behaviour in accordance with Company policies, procedures and practices

General Responsibilities.
  • Attending the children and young people's meetings and contributing to them
  • Receiving training appropriate to the role, maintaining an up to date training profile and take responsibility for personal development
  • Responsibility for the accurate maintenance of financial records appropriate to the duties of the post
  • Keeping accurate records and providing written reports on young people for planning meetings, reviews or any other meetings as directed by the line manager
  • Responsibility for the health, safety and welfare of self and colleagues in accordance with the requirements of the organisational Health and Safety Policies. Promptly report all hazards and/or remedying them where appropriate. Undertake all duties in a manner calculated to minimise or avoid unnecessary risks, personally or to others.
  • Ensure awareness that the service operates to agreed budgets and contribute to keeping within these budgets as instructed
  • Report issues and/or incidents relating to staff and the children and young people that have arisen in the day promptly to the relevant Line Manager or appropriate person
  • Work to promote the home as a valued, professional asset within its community and conduct themselves at all times in a manner that reinforces this image
  • Ensure that all actions are in the interests of the children and young people and the Company.
  • To carry out any other reasonable and relevant duties as required

Special Conditions.
  • This post requires the holder to do varying shifts, which may include day shift, waking night, sleep-in and standby on call rota system. The post holder also is required to work weekends as part of a rota and Bank Holidays when required. Sleeping-in and standby on call duties are also required for which an additional payment is made.
  • On occasions you may be requested to change your rota at a given notice as per your contract, to ensure the contingencies of the service are covered. This may also include covering an additional sleep-in and standby on call rota duty as an emergency measure.
  • In accordance with the guidelines on Health and Safety, to accept responsibility for working within these guidelines and reporting any concerns to the Registered Manager.
  • To undertake such other duties appropriate to the grade of the post and the needs of the Home such as decorating, gardening in order to develop and maintain service delivery.
  • This post requires the holder to have a clear Criminal Records Bureau check at all times, changes to personal circumstances which may affect this must be notified to your line manager immediately.

We are looking to reward you with a generous salary package, ongoing training opportunities with full support and mentoring from the Senior Management Team, excellent development opportunities, many other perks and bonuses.

We have day and waking night shift that promotes work and life balance.

For more information about this vacancy please contact Paragon Skills on 01329 820300 (Ref ID: 159539)

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Previous experience working with children/young people with autistic spectrum disorders and/or challenging behaviours would be advantageous.

Experience of working in a residential/education setting and working shift patterns would also be advantageous.

Willing to work towards a QCF Level 3 in Health and Social Care with children and young people's workforce.
Able to work as part of a team as well as of own initiative
Ability to accurately record information
Ability to deal with challenging and complex behaviours
Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries
Effective communication skills, verbal and written
Motivated to work with children
Good organisational skills
Basic IT skills

Personal qualities


Desired qualifications

None required as all training can be given!

Future prospects

Ongoing training and career development opportunities available.

Things to consider

All applicants must be aged 21+ due to the nature of the role. (Insurance for assisting with medication).

A driving licence is required for this role as you will at times need to transport children and young people.
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