It is our responsibility to ensure that each young person has appointed to them a dedicated Support Worker, who is able to engage in a positive and constructive relationship with the young person.
As a Support Worker the areas of responsibility are broad and involve getting to know the young person in an enhanced way including their case history, the details of their file and also it is important to get to know other individuals and service providers that are involved with the support plan of the young person.
Responsibilities of the Support Worker include:
- Acting as a positive role model.
- Assessing the needs the young person.
- Supporting young person’s links with their families and local community.
- Establishing guidelines for behaviour.
- Giving social, spiritual and emotional support.
- Creating a safe and happy environment in which to live.
- Helping the young person to access and use community education, health and leisure services.
- Giving advice on independent living to those who are about to leave care.
We oversee the Placement Planning and Recording Systems for the young person and are responsible for establishing and maintaining an appropriate relationship with the young person, and collating information required for young person’s Placement Planning Meetings and Looked After Reviews; see the following relevant chapters:
- Placement Planning Meetings Procedure.
- Looked After Reviews Procedure.
- Healthcare Assessments and Plans Procedure.
The role of a support worker is to be the main coordinator of multi-agency services for the young person. We help other staff follow the agreed approaches and pathway plan, with clear strategies set out in the Placement Plan. Helping to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of each of the services.
During the early stages of placement, a Support Worker will spend sufficient time with the new young person to assist with settling in, making sure the young person has a copy of the Welcome Pack and ensuring that the young person understands and is comfortable with the house rules.
We ensure that all the young people’s records and recording systems are adequately set up and that recording is taking place.
We support the young person to maintain social, recreational, cultural and religious links through daily living activities inside and outside the home.
Being a Support Worker means working towards meeting a whole range of social, spiritual, emotional and intellectual needs in a way that promotes dignity, choice and independence, whilst promoting a caring, healthy, stimulating, safe and secure environment for the young person.