Residential Youth Support Worker

9.13 - 10.50 GBP Hourly
16 Mar 2021
13 Apr 2021
Contract Type
Full Time
Purpose and Summary of Job

To work with young people ranging between 16 and 25 years of age to safeguard and promote their safety and welfare at all times. To support our residents to feel a sense of belonging and influence within their home, providing individualised day to day care and support.

To provide and encourage young people to access opportunities to engage in hobbies and experiences in order to attain positive outcomes, boost confidence and improve resilience whilst increasing their levels of independence and self-regulation.

Main Duties & Responsibilities

To safeguard and promote the safety and welfare of each young person at all times; this is to be achieved primarily by knowing and following policies and procedures including the instructions of senior staff and (if no such policy, procedure or instruction exists) to act in the best interest of the young person/adult.

Where emergency situations arise, to have in your practice at all times the need to protect students from experiencing significant harm (whether physical, psychological, emotional, financial etc.). Where this is consistent with your duties to take reasonable steps to protect your own health and safety and that of others.

When working with residents, to demonstrate a variety of approaches and techniques that seek to minimise risk and promote their personal development; and to key work students in a supportive and structured manner that teaches them skills in a way that is adapted to their individual needs and wishes.

Assisting to create a caring, stimulating and safe environment for all young people, staff and visitors.

To protect and promote the positive reputation of the service.

Youth Support Worker responsibilities include:

* To act as a positive role model for young people and colleagues;

* To support the daily needs of the young person;

* To support the young people links with their families and local community; promoting continued contact and involvement;

* To follow guidelines in support of positive behaviour and reinforcement;

* To provide emotional support at times of difficulty;

* To create a safe and happy environment in which to live and learn;

* To help students to access education, health and leisure services;

* To provide residents with the guidance they need to boost their independence skills;

* To contribute to the placement planning and recording systems for residents;

* To collate information required for the student's progress reports or placement reviews.

* To plan, undertake and record key worker sessions;

* To support the students' to progress towards their agreed EHCP outcomes;

* To ensure that documentation including student files / electronic records are up to date and well organised;

* To ensure that the student's Care Plan is kept up to date and relevant to their interests and needs;

* To take ownership and act in the best interest of the student's health needs, which may require you to attend appointments with health professionals. And to complete and be accountable for the actions following these appointments;

* To make sure the residents have adequate and suitable clothing and ensure the young people are clean and presentable along with supporting the student with any self-care needs they may have;

* To know the student, which may include, although not limited to, their file, background and family details, their interests and hobbies, encouraging them to take part, join clubs etc;

* To support the students' to express their views at various meetings such as the College Student Council and house meetings;

* To support and encourage the young people to actively feedback about the service they receive.

Working Pattern & Preparation

* To undertake a working pattern in accordance with the rota provided;

* To be willing and prompt to undertake any household tasks allocated to you and any intimate care tasks reasonably required for residents;

* To willingly undertake offsite supervision or duties, such as accompanying a student when attending a medical appointment /check-up or other external appointments, or when travelling for a home visit; where reasonably requested to do so; This may also include supporting young people to go away for short breaks and holidays.

Student Medication and Treatment

To where requested, train and administer medication and treatment in accordance with the safe administration of medication policy, following training and guidance from suitably qualified staff members.

MAPA (Management of Actual and Potential Aggression)

To do all you reasonably can to obtain and maintain sufficiently good physical health to be able to undertake MAPA training and annual re-accreditation.

To obtain and maintain at all times accreditation in the MAPA system, including compliance timelines and refresher programs.

Other Training

To take responsibility for attending training when reasonably required to do so in order to promote the effective delivery of the role. This includes all mandatory training as well as other relevant specialised training to meet individual needs.

To achieve, as soon as practicable, a QCF Level 3 or other relevant qualification (must be completed within two years of the start date of your employment).

After School Clubs

If required, to attend, help to organise, run or help to run a regular after-college club and encourage the young people to participate, contributing to their EHCP and personal development, which complements and is consistent with the client's education and care curricula.

Driving Vehicles

If permitted to drive the vehicles, always to do so in an appropriate, safe and responsible manner in line with policies and procedures that are in place.

Policies, Procedures & Standards

To work in line with client policies and procedure and to be able to summarise relevant information when asked.

To have an understanding of current relevant legislation.


To attend all required student and staff meetings, and if asked to do so to take minutes and to promptly pass them to the meeting facilitator for checking prior to distribution.

To contact, meet or liaise with external professionals, parents or visitors when asked to do so by management