Waking Night Support Worker
Waking Night Support Worker
Location: Horsham, West Sussex
Job Type: Working hours are 10pm – 9am Working Five nights followed by Five rest days
Salary: £11.00ph rising to £12.00ph after 6 months
Our client has four registered Children’s Homes within the Surrey and Sussex Borders. Each home is set in a rural location and offers a comfortable homely environment for young males aged 13-18 years. We are looking for experienced Waking Night support workers to join our team.
The Waking Night Support Worker will ideally have the following skills and experience:
Ideally that candidate would have previous experience of working with young people and NVQ Diploma level 3 in children’s workforce would be desirable.
Responsibilities for the Waking Night Support Worker:
- To work 55 hours per week which will be a rota of 5 nights on and 5 nights off. In times of illness or crisis you may be asked to cover more shifts.
- To promote the welfare of the children as defined in the Children Act 1989 (HMSO 011 321 4308).
- To attend staff meetings / supervision for 1½ hours on a weekly basis when you have not been on waking-night duty the previous night.
- To participate in training as required.
- You may have to attend the young people’s holiday, which is usually for one week in the summer.
- To arrive in plenty of time to begin shift, read the handover book and to receive information in handover from the staff team regarding the evening’s events and the individual young people.
- To gain an understanding of the young people and their feelings, which will help you to assess, identify and evaluate their ongoing needs and develop strategies to meet these needs.
- To present and promote a consistent approach to settling the young people at bedtimes.
- To encourage hygiene i.e. brushing teeth every morning and last thing at night, and proper showering / bathing routines in the morning.
- To record any disturbance throughout the night and hand this over to the sleeping-in staff or the senior on shift.
- To fill in the Daily Register and Fridge/Freezer record books
- To be vigilant in monitoring the young people throughout the night. To record all young people’s movements in the diary/night log.
- To carry out a live fire alarm test once a week and record it in the fire log book.
- To complete, date and sign the set nightly / weekly tasks sheets.
- To set out breakfast table for the morning, promote healthy eating, and to clear away after breakfast
- To complete any other relevant duties as required by your line manager.
- The safety and security of the young people is paramount and takes precedence over other night time tasks
The Waking Night Support Worker will receive the following benefits:
You will receive a thorough induction and further ongoing training opportunities.
We provide benefits including enhanced disclosure costs and a NEST pension option and free on-site parking.
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