Children's Support Worker

Job Title:                 Children’s Support Worker
Responsible to:      CEO
Job Purpose:          To work with children who are affected by a family member having dementia to help reduce anxiety and manage their feelings, increase their peer support network and feel happier.
Hours of Work:       16 per week Term Time Only

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To organise a programme that will result in children having reduced anxiety and fear about dementia through increased understanding and support.
  • To liaise with the families of the established BIA Day Centres, the schools where we provide pastoral support and the GP Surgeries who refer to us, to establish relationships and take referrals for children who would benefit from the project.
  • To create an environment where children will create new friendships with other children who share their experiences, this will lead to increased social skills and peer support networks developing.
  • To provide age-appropriate resources and initiatives that have had risk assessments and meet current safety standards.
  • Ability to cope, and stay calm during stressful and often emotional situations.
  • The programme should enable children to be happier and more settled which will lead to improved behaviour and increased attainment in school.
  • To keep confidential records of children’s development in accordance with GDPR standards, and report on progress, outcomes and concerns in the quarterly board report.
  • Develop initiatives within the community for children which will support their needs.
  • Assist and support families to identify appropriate children’s provision in their area to aid their child’s development and help with any issues.
  • Network with other agencies such as Sure Start, Youth Service, Education Welfare, Space and other projects working with children and develop partnership working.
  • To be the named Child Protection Officer and First Aider for the project.
  • To follow Ofsted guidelines and ensure their implementation.
  • To report any facet of a child’s appearance or behaviour that may cause concern or any other child protection issues.
  • To undertake additional duties from time to time within Birmingham Irish Association as may be identified by the CEO

Person Specification

Skills and abilities

  • Good level of written and oral communication skills
  • Competence in the use of IT packages (Microsoft Word, Excel, and email)
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good level of planning and decision-making skills
  • Ability to write client records, reports and fulfil data requirements.
  • Ability to maintain clear and consistent boundaries with clients.
  • Ability to undertake training and maximise learning.
  • Good skills in the collection and collation of data and information
  • Ability to work effectively as a team player in a collaborative and supportive manner
  • Commitment to promoting diversity and equality
  • Car driver an advantage

 

Experience/Knowledge

  • Experience of engaging effectively with clients.
  • Knowledge of the health and social care sector
  • Experience of providing group-based activities in a safe and professional setting
  • Knowledge of the Irish community and their experiences (desirable)

 

Personal effectiveness

  • Confident
  • Be able to take initiative
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Organised and excellent time management skills
  • The flexibility of working time
  • Conform to standards of dress, which reflects a professional service

An enhanced Disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau will be requested.

Interviews will be held week commencing 9th September 2019.

Enquiries, CV and covering letter to be sent to morag[at]birminghamirish.org[dot]uk