15-year old girl with speech and language disorder, learning difficulties and some mobility issues requires a female support worker to access a range of activities both inside and outside the home (Leeds area). She requires close supervision to help keep her mobile and safe. The support worker would also help her develop her social skills.
The child, a fun loving 15-year old girl has a disorder of speech and language development, moderate learning difficulties and some physical difficulties.
She requires close supervision to help keep her mobile and safe. The support worker would allow her to take part in enjoyable activities both inside the home, and outside in the community, leisure centres and in the park in her development of independence, confidence and social skills. When not directly involved in giving her support the personal assistant could help practically, e.g. by assistance with meal preparation and light household tasks. She also needs a kind, competent practical assistant to help with personal care and hygiene skills.
- Assistance with leisure activities (e.g. swimming, trampolining)
- Outdoor activity support (e.g. taking her cycling on her trike).
- Promote communication skills, confidence and sense of independence
- Helping her in the kitchen to make simple snacks or baking.
- Assisting her at the allotment.
- Helping her to keep her room tidy.
- Helping her with homework.
- Looking after her in the home for short periods if parents are away.
- Taking her out on short outings in the community to help provide stimulation (e.g. library, museum, shopping, friends’ home).
- Undertaking simple physio related activities such as hand stretching.
- When not involved in providing direct support, assistance may required to support parents, e.g. with meal preparation, light household tasks, keeping an eye on two siblings whilst parents are away for important doctor appointments/ school meetings concerning the child.
- Helping her with showering, dressing and toileting if needed.
- Personal Care
- Willing to work weekends (school term-time) and weekdays (school holidays)
- To feel reasonably secure in water when taking her swimming.
- Show initiative and flexibility
- Ensure she is supervised at all times in appropriate activities.
- Be sensitive to her needs and feelings.
- Communicate well with family and provide feedback to parents.
- Attend work punctually and consistently.
- Maintain confidentiality at all times.
- Able to handle the physical skills or techniques of lifting, pushing and bending.
- A drivers license and a personal car
- To have the physical capability to transport her trike (in two pieces) in the car that will be provided.
Important personal qualities for support worker:
- Caring, kind
- Friendly, empathetic and sensitive
- Easy-going and calm
- Reliable, diligent and a flexible approach to work
- High standards of cleanliness, tidiness, and a pleasant positive personality.
- Intelligence and a good general education would be advantageous
- To hold a current and satisfactory enhanced CRB check or be willing to complete one.
- In general, to undertake all care work with the sensitivity required to provide services in a way, which will preserve the dignity, choice, independence, fulfilment and rights of the child and their family.
- To enjoy working with young people.
- A support who does not smoke is preferred due to child's condition
- To be able to work unsupervised.
- Good communication and listening skills.
- To be able to take decisions and make sound judgements.
- To manage stress and stay calm and patient under pressure.
- To be able to build self esteem while ensuring a safe and secure