Children's Support Worker (After School) - Relief
Location: West Sussex 
Contracted Hours: 0 - Weekends and After School shifts to be picked up plus holiday/out of term-time sessions
Salary: £11.44 per hour

Driving Licence and access to own vehicle essential for this role

What you can expect from us:

  • Fantastic paid training and career progression opportunities (including recognised qualifications in health and social care)
  • Paid DBS (we will recover the cost should your employment terminate for any reason, other than redundancy, before passing your probation)
  • Flexible work arrangements with opportunities to take on additional bank shifts too
  • 30 Days Annual Leave (including Bank Holidays) / Pro rata dependent on hours. Annual leave entitlement increases with length of service
  • Nest Pension and Death in Service Benefit (Includes unlimited access to a suite of six services: a 24/7 UK-based GP, Best Doctors, mental health support, a health check, access to nutrition consultations and an online fitness programme [Smart Health])
  • Dedicated Employee Assistance Programme and Access to Mental Health First Aiders
  • Hardship loans and advance (subject to conditions)
  • Enhanced family leave pay
  • Travel season tickets (interest free loans for those wishing to purchase a travel season ticket)
  • Aspens High Street Stores - 20% discount on all items for Aspens’ staff
  • Blue Light Card and access to high-street discounts
  • Refer a Friend scheme, so you can earn up to £250 for every person you refer to work for Aspens
  • Recognition schemes, including ‘Employee of the Month’

About the Role:
Due to the variety of provisions within our services and the different support needs of the individuals we work with; the role of a Relief Support Worker is one with great diversity and challenges for employees at any stage of their career.

The role enables support workers to work as both part of a team and on a one to one basis, the day-to-day tasks that you will be required to complete can include:

  • Support with the delivery of holiday sessions which will include social activities and accessing community-based services ensuring we promote the health and wellbeing of all young people who access the service.
  • To safely assist in the delivery of holiday activity sessions
  • Completing observation sheets, ensuring a smooth flow of information to facilitate good communication within the staffing team, as well as professionals who require viewing of these.
  • Supporting individuals we support with Safeguarding requirements, completing incident reports as/when required and ensuring that relevant Safeguarding policies and procedures are understood and followed by yourself
  • Fully implementing policies and procedures of the organisation and that all recording systems are completed accurately on a regular basis. To sign to say that all policies and procedures have been read.
  • Attending training, participating in supervision sessions with nominated manager and attending staff meetings as required by your line manager.

Collaborative Working

To work closely with the wider staff team

Attending training, participating in supervision sessions with nominated manager and attending staff meetings as required by your line manager.

To liaise with the wider staff team as required.

Attend regular staff meetings as required.

Develop and maintain good working relationships with parents, extended family members, social workers, education and health staff, together with other professionals as appropriate or directed by your Manager

Apart from the duties summarised above, we retain the right to include other reasonable duties which are part of, and incidental to this type of work.

About the Service:

Empowering children and young people aged between 8-18 (or up to 25 with an EHCP)with a range of disabilities, those on the autism spectrum, and/or those with complex needs to nurture a sense of value and self-worth.

Through a range of activities at our social groups, in the community and in their own homes, we empower children/young people to develop their own unique skills talents and interests. Rigorous training ensures that our person-centred approach to support remains at the heart of everything we do.

Through our family days we encourage those caring for individuals with a range of disabilities, conditions and/ or other complex needs to get together and to share experiences. We aim to relive feelings of isolation and acknowledge their feelings. We also provide opportunities for families to have fun together. It can be hugely empowering for families to realise they are not alone.

Through our youth engagement service, we can deliver a person-centred approach to support children/young people to identify and embed strategies within their support. This is offered as a combined service where we work closely with the Specialist Support service to offer a bridge between services.

Person Specification

We are looking for Caring, hardworking and understanding people to join us to promote the values of Aspens; respect, honesty, empowerment and professionalism.

Ideal candidate are those who are able and willing to work toward their own personal progression, for self-development and to be able to better support the people we work with. We have an incredible internal training team who support staff from day one to not only benefit your career going forwards but to offer you that first step in a new career if this is what you’re looking for.

Below you will find our essential and desirable criteria for candidates applying for a Support Worker role with us.

Essential Training and Qualifications:

· QCF Level 3 in Health and Social Care or equivalent

· General education and ability to attain the desired qualifications.

· Ability to undertake all necessary training related to the job role.

Essential Experience and Knowledge:

· Experience of working with individuals who have an Autism Spectrum Conditions and/or other disabilities.

· Experience of supporting Children and Young People aged 5-25 years.

Essential Skills and Attributes:

· Ability to work within a group environment

· Ability to transfer skills between job roles

· Ability to work on your own if required

· Good verbal and written communication skills.

Desirable Training and Qualifications:

· Degree level qualification in relevant area

· First Aid

· Care Certificate

· Medication management and administration.

· Any other training relevant to supporting the service users that we work with.

Desirable Experience and Knowledge:

· Experience of working with individuals with behaviours that could challenge.

· Experience of providing personal care to individuals.

· Experience of providing group support.

· Knowledge of alternative communication methods (Makaton, BSL, PECS etc)

· Knowledge of pan-London Safeguarding procedures.

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Aspens Charities are an equal opportunities employer.

Aspens is committed to the safeguarding and promotion of welfare of all children, young people and adults. All successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced DBS disclosure, and satisfactory references. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order (1975, 2013,2020). Our safeguarding policies can be found on our website.

At Aspens Charities, we know diversity fosters creativity and innovation. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where all belong. We therefore particularly encourage applications from candidates who are likely to be underrepresented in Aspens’ workforce, such as sex/gender, minority ethnic group, religion, belief, sexual orientation, age, and abilities. We believe that a variety of perspectives leads to better innovation and a stronger team. We are dedicated to creating an environment where everyone feels valued, heard, and has an equal opportunity to thrive

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