Support Worker

Keith Preddie
Support Worker,

I give emotional and practical help and advice to families that are having long or short-term difficulties. This would include support in helping children to stay with their families if that is what’s best for them in the particular situation.

My job role depends on the particular needs of the family.The kind of difficulties facing my service users could include:

  • Drug or alcohol related addiction
  • A parent in hospital or prison
  • Marital or financial difficulties
  • a child or parent with a disability. i.e.(Autism spectrum disorder -Aspergers-Dyspraxia-Tourettes)
  • Mental Health illnesses(Bio-Polar-Anger-Anxiety &Panic Attacks-Body dysmorphic disorder-Borderline Personality Disorder-Depression-Eating Problems-Obsessive Compulsive Disorder-Self Harm
  • problems accessing services due to language barriers.

Families & individuals  would usually be referred by Social Services but at times can self refer. I would then work with them by planning and providing the right type and level of support.

I may show parents how things can be done, then support them until they can do these on their own.

I also engage with Social Workers assessing  a family’s needs

I work with a range of Social Care professionals and keep accurate and up to date client records.

When working with a family that includes school age children, I am available from very early in the morning,during the day,evenings and at weekends.

I support families in their home, out in the community and in contact centers

I attend and provide reports and CIN (Child in Need) CP(Child Protection) TAC(Team Around the Child)

I am Enhanced DBS checked (Disclosure and Barring Service)

I Have a full clean driving licence & full business related insurance

As a Support Worker I have :

  • the ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with children,teenagers and adults
  • the ability to build good relationships with vulnerable children, teenagers and adults that may be unfriendly at first
  • a good understanding of child development and the needs of vulnerable children, teenagers and adults
  • the ability to help vulnerable children, teenagers and adults develop the life skills
  • a non-judgmental approach
  • a commitment to supporting vulnerable children, teenagers and adults in difficult circumstances
  • understanding, patience and good listening skills
  • the ability to stay calm under pressure
  • good time management and organisational skills
  • a flexible approach
  • good team working skills
  • language skills (for certain jobs)
  • Provide Respite and chaperone support
  • Provide High quality observations & reporting
  • Provide Practical household advice and support
  • Support vulnerable children, teenagers and adults with managing behavioural issues
  • The ability Identify what triggers any challenging behaviour
  • The ability to engage vulnerable children, teenagers and adults in positive relationships and activities
  • to Support vulnerable children, teenagers and adults with independent living skills