The role of a residential support worker
Even though being a residential support worker is a very
challenging job it comes with significant rewards. Here you
have the ability to shape a young person's life.
Residential support workers work on a 24/7 shift basis in a
combination of earlies, lates or sleep-ins and therefore it is
essential that this role is compatible with your home
Ideally, you should have experience of working with children and
families. You could work in a variety of places from
residential care, leaving care, community placements and family
support. You should be able to provide support in a holistic
manner by assisting, enabling, maintaining and looking after the
general wellbeing of vulnerable young people.
You need to be able to think on your feet, communicate well with
young people, and create opportunities to engage with them, such as
cooking together, fishing or developing their interest in
gardening, for example.
You need to promote young people's independence while supporting
and guiding them through their time in care.
You need the ability to relate to young people with empathy and
work with a child-centred approach, together with an appreciation
and commitment to the child's development. We aim to help
children to become healthy, safe, achieving, active, responsible
and included in our society.