Support Worker/ Buddy

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  • Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  • Salary: 11.00-13.00 Per Hour
  • Type: Permanent - Part Time
  • Added: Feb 5, 2019

Experienced Support Workers required for a 10-year-old boy living in the Newcastle Upon Tyne area.

To work with our client in a supportive role, encouraging him to participate in life skills and his rehabilitation programme.

Our client is a delightful 10-year-old boy who has sustained brain damage as a result of a traumatic birth. He has dyskinetic cerebral palsy effecting all four limbs with his right-hand side being worse than his left. He also has spasms which occur more when he is anxious, excited or upset. Due to his brain damage he can have very challenging behaviour and will often become verbally and physically abusive.

Our client requires a support worker (mate) to encourage him to develop life skills such as making his bed, preparing simple meals etc. He also requires assistance with his toileting needs and all personal hygiene. He will need encouragement to comply with his physiotherapy programme and help in practising and techniques that the Neuro Psychologist has implemented. The support worker will also be responsible for implementing an activities timetable. To include homework, swimming, board games, preparing simple meals and outdoor activities such as football.

Due to the nature of our client’s behaviour the support worker will often need to support our client’s family in implementing techniques and ensuring the client maintains a strict routine. The support worker will be expected to give our client his medications as prescribed and will be expected to attend all training that will be client specific. High standards of documentation will be expected, and IT skills are essential.

Essential Requirements

Experience working with young children
Some understanding of Brain Injury
Must have a vehicle and hold a clean driving licence
NVQ level 2/3
Excellent communication skills
Flexible
IT skills to be able to keep legible documentation

Desirable Requirements

Experience in working with challenging behaviour
Experience in working in an educational setting.
Experience in working with Brain Injury clients
Working hours: 16 hours per week. Candidate will need to be flexible, shifts will include early mornings, some late evenings and some weekends.

Rates of pay £11.00 per hour Monday to Friday, £13.00 per hour Saturday and Sunday

All posts are subject to an Enhanced DBS Disclosure. Full training will be provided. A full driving licence is essential.

To be considered for this role, please apply today.

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