0800 035 6499
  • 1st November 2019
  • 13th December 2019
  • Ivybridge

About This Job

Individual Worker | Maternity Cover -12 months |Temporary |Full time – 40 hours a week | Monday to Friday – 8.30am – 5.30pm (some flexibility is required) | Ivybridge | £19,000.

Blue Sky fostering have an exciting opportunity for you to join our team in Ivybridge. The role of the Individual Worker with TLC (Therapeutically Led Care) is to support the young person’s progress in the TLC Programmes and foster placement through working with them in the community, in leisure activities or at school. Specifically, to provide one to one support to young people.

In summary this post is for a competent worker to engage in direct, focussed work with children – to build positive relationships with the child, to model acceptable behaviour and help the child to trust and feel safe with adults.

Individual Workers will also be required to support the social workers where required, providing visits to carers to offer support and supervising children at Blue Sky social events. Individual Workers will liaise with the Blue Sky Participation Manager and assist in collating children’s feedback or their engagement in participation projects, such as the children’s newsletter.

Work Management

  • Undertake direct work with the child as directed by the clinical team – such as targeted skills coaching with behavioural issues, promoting hobby, addressing self-harmful behaviour.
  • To deliver programmes of work across the business area, which contribute to ensuring that children’s care and development needs are met, as identified within their Therapeutic Treatment Plans and statutory LAC documents.
  • Establish objectives, plan and deliver a range of support services which promote longevity and stability levels within placements.
  • To work creatively and ‘outside the box’ with young people on the therapeutic programme.
  • Ensure statutory tasks are undertaken within timescale, such as unannounced visits to carers, health and safety assessments.
  • Plan, facilitate and implement group activities for Foster Carers, children and young people, and birth children, to promote the values of the agency.
  • To provide one to one support to young people on the programme within the community in a recreational context to promote and practice pro-social behaviour and problem solving skills.
  • To communicate a positive regard for the young person in order to build and sustain a sound relationship with them.
  • To identify the young person’s strengths and individual interests.
  • To enable and support the young people to participate in recreational and leisure activities.
  • To promote safety and assess risks associated with the young person’s behaviours and activities in the community under the direction of the Supervising Social Worker / Deputy Area Manager.
  • To encourage the young person’s engagement with their care plan and goals
  • Contribute to the production and publication of monthly written ECM reports on each child placed.
  • Keep compliance with the National Minimum Standards – Fostering Regulations.
  • To take part in the out of hours rota providing support to foster carers outside of office hours
  • Support the team to conduct regular visits and telephone contact with Foster Carers and attend planning and review meetings.

Team Member Responsibilities

  • To support the work of other members of the TLC clinical team.
  • To undertake practical tasks relating to the support of the placements.
  • To work flexible hours including non-office hours in order to meet the needs of supporting young people socially outside of school hours, including occasional call out to provide support to the team management of crises.
  • To observe and provide information to the clinical team about the social functioning and skill development of the young people in community settings.
  • To attend clinical team meetings as required.
  • To promote people’s equality, diversity, rights and responsibilities.
  • To work with members of the clinical team to promote development of service and links to other agencies.

Additional Duties

  • It is the nature of Blue Sky Fostering that tasks and responsibilities are, in many circumstances, unpredictable and varied. All staff, therefore, are expected to work in a flexible way when the occasion arises where tasks are not specifically covered in the Job Description have to be undertaken. Any other duties will be dependent upon the post holder’s areas of expertise, knowledge and skills and with regard to the level of responsibility afforded to the post.
  • The Post Holder will be expected to undertake training and development deemed necessary for the pursuance of the post, including the Practice Educator programme.
  • The Post Holder will be expected to ensure that Health and Safety is observed in the course of employment.
  • The Post Holder will be expected to ensure to comply with Equal Opportunities Policy and Procedure in all employment practices.
  • The Post Holder will be expected to comply with the no smoking policy.

In return or your service not only will you be working for an employer that really cares but you will also receive the following fantastic benefits:

  • 28 days holiday rising by 1 day for every 3 years’ service (up to 12 years)
  • Birthday day off
  • Good Health days (if you have no sickness within a 6 month period you get a free day off)
  • Workplace Pension Scheme
  • Enhanced Maternity and Paternity Scheme
  • Healthcare scheme.
  • Foster talk
  • Death in Service

Applicants must be willing to undertake an enhanced DBS

Applications to Sonia.Barrow@blueskyfostering.co.uk