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Senior Support Worker - Saffron Walden

  • Hours
  • 37.5 full time
  • Salary
  • £19,000 per annum (full time equivalent)
  • Location
  • Saffron Walden
  • Closing Date
  • 26/10/2018
    • Contract

    • Permanent
    • Job Advert-Role Description

    • Purpose

      To supervise a small team of support workers; to deliver high quality and effective support services, which promote the independence, wellbeing and inclusion of customers, in accordance with Family Mosaic policies and procedures and the principles of best practice.

      Key responsibilities

      Supervise a small team of support workers, providing supervision every four to six weeks plus an annual appraisal, and being responsible for ensuring they meet the requirements of their role.

      Provide a positive role model for support workers by modelling good practice, advising on, and intervening in, complex and/or high-risk cases and assisting with the in-service induction of new staff.

      Implement effective safeguarding practice for adults at risk in accordance with local authority and Family Mosaic policies, guidance and protocol.

      Accurately input customer data onto a customer database in a timely manner and ensure records are maintained to evidence compliance with the service specification, commissioner requirements and internal and external key performance indicators.

      Carry out needs and risk assessments, complete support plans, provide support, and carry out reviews in accordance with policies and procedures and the requirements of stakeholders and funders.

      Provide practical and emotional support to customers to achieve the outcomes set out in their support plan.

      Support customers to maximise their income, to access benefits, and to budget to cover domestic bills and living expenses. Partnership working with Essex Guardians or appointee’s.

      Support customers to make full use of community facilities, play an active role in their community and take up cultural, recreational, educational and employment opportunities.

      Support customers to maximise their physical and mental health, through liaison with health services and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle.

      Support customers to develop and maintain positive and effective relationships with their family, friends, carers and other professionals.

      Work with support workers to manage risks to customers, staff and the community.

      Liaise promptly with colleagues, partner agencies and other stakeholders regarding safeguarding, welfare and risk concerns in accordance with Family Mosaic policy.

      Promote self advocacy and advocate where appropriate for all customers.

      Lead on customer reviews, and participate in team meetings and training courses

      Clearly explain the remit of the service to a range of customers and other professionals as appropriate.

      Management of the rotas in line with the commissioned hours within the service.

      Comply with, and demonstrate commitment to, the association’s equality and diversity policy as an integral part of all duties and observe the letter and the spirit of the policy at all times.

      Maintain safe practise at all times in accordance with Family Mosaic’s health and safety policy.

      Follow all relevant association policies and procedures and undertake any other reasonable requests from your line manager.


      Person Specification

      Personal qualities


      If you accept a job in Family Mosaic’s care and support services then we expect that you will be as committed to providing excellent customer service as we are – whether you are in direct contact with customers, speaking to them on the phone or dealing with internal colleagues, we expect you to meet the very highest standards of customer service at all times.
      We expect you to be as passionate as we are about making a real difference to people’s lives, and supporting them to be as independent, safe, healthy and happy as they possibly can be.
      You need to be kind and empathetic, and respect the individual characteristics and needs of the very diverse range of customers you’ll be dealing with.  You’ll need be approachable, flexible and the resilience to cope with a busy, challenging and emotive job.


      Experience of providing support to the designated customer group either in a volunteering or professional role

      Experience of assessment and management of individuals’ needs and risks

      Knowledge and understanding:

      Understanding of customer service in a service delivery setting.

      Thorough and up to date knowledge of health and safety issues relating to the designated customer group.
      Thorough and up to date knowledge of safeguarding adults and children at risk and local policies, protocols and good practice.
      Knowledge of related services provided by the statutory and voluntary sector.
      Understanding of confidentiality and data protection issues.
      Knowledge of equality, diversity and inclusion

      Skills and abilities:

      Ability to communicate effectively with customers, staff and stakeholders in plain, easy to understand English, both in writing and verbally.

      Demonstrable customer care skills.

      Ability to work flexibly to meet customer needs and service requirements, including working evenings and weekends where the service requires it.

      Demonstrable commitment to equality and diversity and a genuine desire to help people with disabilities and/or support needs connect with their community.

      Ability to work as part of a team and build and maintain effective and supportive relationships with peers and partners.

      Excellent time management skills and demonstrable ability to meet deadlines and achieve goals.

      Comprehensive IT skills to include use of Microsoft office and ability to maintain electronic records, with attention to detail.


    • Background check

    • This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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