Sessional Support Worker

Sessional Support Worker – £15 per hour (£10.70 travel time and report writing. 38p mileage) – Anerley

Help Me Grow Fostering Agency (HMG) is a specialist independent Fostering Agency based in Anerley, South East London. We work in close partnership with local authorities to identify and meet the needs of their children, and provide safe, secure and therapeutic placements.

Support Worker

The support worker will be working with the child or young person in the community, in leisure activities or at school. Specifically, they provide one to one support to children and young people, and provide some necessary respite for the carers. 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. All applicants must have a valid UK driving licence and access to a vehicle.

Main Duties

  • Working closely with the Supervising Social Worker to support the foster carers and foster placement.
  • Undertake direct work with the child as directed by the team – such as targeted skills coaching with behavioural issues, promoting hobbies, addressing self-harmful behaviour.
  • To deliver programmes of work which contribute to ensuring that children’s care and development needs are met, as identified in their Care Plans and statutory LAC documents.
  • Establish objectives, plan and deliver support services which promote longevity and stability in placements.
  • 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.
  • Communicate a positive regard for the young person 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 / Resource Manager.
  • To encourage the young person’s engagement with their care plan and goals.
  • Write a short report after each session with the young person.
  • Keep compliance with the National Minimum Standards – Fostering Regulations.

Additional Duties

  • To undertake practical tasks relating to the support of the placements.
  • To work flexible hours including non-office hours to support young people outside of school hours and weekends.
  • To observe and provide information to the team about the social functioning and skill development of the young people in community settings.
  • To attend team meetings as required.
  • To promote people’s equality, diversity, rights and responsibilities.
  • To work with the team to promote development of service and links to other agencies.
  • Experience working with children with complex emotional needs.

Requirements

Must be able to work after school and weekends, and be willing to travel.

Must hold a clean, valid UK driving licence and have access to a car and include business insurance.

To apply
Please send your CV and covering letter to recruitment@bsnsocialcare.co.uk.