You will be required to work across the care and education services at the school. Both services have core and specialised approaches that you will be required to follow as set out in VSA and Linn Moor policies and procedures and VSA, Linn Moor and regulated and statutory standards. Always work in a child centred way and contribute to the effective provision of a nurturing and positive culture that meets the care and educational needs of the children/young people. To be part of creating a happy, safe and caring team and environment which enables children/young people to learn new knowledge and skills and communicate with confidence. Work flexibly in care and education settings, recognising that a different skill set is required and appropriate in each to support the child/young person in their physical, psychological and emotional development Recognise that children/young people have a legal right to an appropriate and well provided education commensurate with their developmental and communication needs and for growth that is flexible, nurturing and supportive. We expect the support worker to work under the direction of the teacher and develop knowledge of current Scottish educational policy frameworks including the Curriculum for Excellence, How Good is my School and specific documentation for ASN schools. We strive to meet these requirements in order to fulfil education standards. Children/young people also have a right to a positive and nurturing ‘family environment’’ in a homely setting that is maintained to the highest standards with which the children/young people and their families feel comfortable This will help children/young people to develop life skills, skills in social interaction and meaningful selfoccupancy activities that reflect their interests. Out with school, children will be provided with a wide range of opportunities to learn about everyday life experiences, to take an interest and care for themselves and their environment, their home, cooking and shopping and having lots of fun taking part in activities in the community. The support worker will understand and promote the principals of GIRFEC (Getting It Right For Every Child)
As a Care and Education Support Worker you will be expected to:
- Develop a relationship based approach that demonstrates your ability to develop trusting relationships with children/young people parents/carers and colleagues, demonstrating mutual respect and at all times promoting individual rights of the children/young people.
- Maximise and promote independence through a differentiated skills based approach, supporting the development of new skills, interests and hobbies that respect the individual’s strengths, motivations and context.
- Provide high-quality, child-centred support which takes into account the child/young person’s individual needs, motivations and aptitudes as well as their right to be treated in a dignified, sensitive and confidential manner.
- Use and follow the individual communication strategies and systems for the children/young people enabling them to use their ‘voice’ and be heard.
- Ability to work in an environment where some children/young people may demonstrate difficult behaviours and to support the development of strategies and coping skills
- Behavioural Support Strategies (BSS). All staff must use positive behaviour approaches and use proactive strategies to reduce/change the behaviours to safeguard the health, welfare, and safety of everyone that helps to resolve conflicts.
- Adopt an approach that is aspirational and inclusive for children/young people.
- To be a participating and collaborative member of the team around the child/young person to ensure appropriate liaison, communication, feedback and development of achievable goals.
- Work in a non-discriminatory way and be prepared to challenge negative practice if seen in the workplace.
- Work to the stated Child Protection Guidelines at all times.
- Act consistently as a role model through appropriate behaviour, dress, use of language and social interaction, understanding and respecting professional boundaries in and outside of the work environment.
- Have awareness and work within internal control systems in your area to facilitate improvement in the quality of service provided.
To comply with the registration and qualification requirements as laid down by the Scottish Social Services Council(SSSC) and strictly adhere to the SSSC Codes of Practice and the Policies and Procedures of VSA.
Ability to work in an environment with children and young people who demonstrate challenging behaviour responding effectively through training in the use of Behaviour Support Strategies (BSS)
Own transport would be useful, although transport is available for early starts and late finishes. Any special skills or interests such as outdoor activities, art or music. Implementation of communication and learning strategies.
Flexibility to work in other VSA settings as and when required to do so To adhere to any NESCPC child protection guidelines