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Family Support Worker
Family Support Worker (for Children)
Reporting To Service Co-ordinator or delegated person
Due to the nature of the work applications from Females will only be considered: Due to the personal nature of some of the duties (toileting, washing etc.) involved in the advertised post, and in accordance with the Employment Equality Acts 1998 and 2004, Section 25 (1), Enable Ireland will retain the right to take the gender of candidates into consideration when recruiting for the above position. Overall Purpose of the Post: Enable Ireland North East provides a Home Support Service to service users with a disability and to their families. The service is based on partnership, dignity and respect. The Family Support Worker will be responsible for the safety and welfare of children in their care. The Family Support worker will be expected to display appropriate sensitivity while working closely with families. The service provided is flexible so the Family Support worker may be required to work mornings, afternoons, evenings and/or weekends and occasional sleepovers. Job Summary: The role of family support worker will be to facilitate the child with a disability and their family, including siblings, in all aspects of daily living including assisting with personal and domestic care needs, mobility, accessing services in their community, and support with therapy programmes. The role of the family support worker is tailored to the requirements of the individual service user and their family and as such will vary from person to person. Essential Characteristics: Candidates must demonstrate a keen interest in working within a caring environment. They must have excellent communication skills, and an ability to demonstrate understanding and empathy to the recipient of the service. They should have good organisational skills, and be prepared to work on their own initiative as well as part of a team. Candidates must be committed to the provision of a quality service, which upholds the rights, privacy and dignity of the service user and their family. Key Working Relationships Enable Ireland delivers services using the Social Model of Disabilities. Enable Ireland has a wide range of stakeholders with whom strong professional relationships need to be forged and fostered on an ongoing basis. These stakeholders include families and carers, colleagues in HSE and other agencies. Enable Ireland works in partnership with the Health Service Executive.
To observe and maintain a code of confidentiality and discretion in all dealings with service users, their families and with staff.
To always preserve the professional nature of the relationship with clients.
To promote and safeguard the well-being and interests of the service user and their family at all times.
To undertake only such duties delegated and/or allocated to you by the Service Co-ordinator.
To perform all duties and tasks in line with Enable Ireland guidelines and policies, and training given.
To immediately report any accidents or incidents/dangerous occurrences immediately to the Service Co-ordinator.
To remain with your client for the duration of the allocated duty.
To report to the Service Co-ordinator when your client is away from their home e.g. on respite, hospital, holidays etc.
To ensure that professional work is in accordance with good practice and is of high quality and standard and adheres to Enable Ireland’s approved policy and procedures.
Facilitating service user and/or siblings with involvement in their local communities.
Accompanying service user and/or their siblings on outings/leisure activities within their own neighbourhood or within the wider community.
Providing the parent/carer with time out from the home to pursue his/her own needs or to spend time with other family members.
Providing assistance to the service user and/or their siblings in areas of personal care as required.
Keeping up to date records of all interventions with children and families.
Any other duties which may be assigned from time to time.
Key Duties Personal Care, including:
1. To assist with bathing/showering and other personal hygiene needs.
2. To assist with dressing and undressing.
3. To assist the service users with their toileting needs including incontinence.
4. To assist the service users to get in/out of bed, or with turning and repositioning service users confined to bed.
5. To assist service users with mobility/exercise as instructed/trained.
6. To observe dietary requirements of individual service users and/or their siblings as delegated.
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