I am Caroline, and I am the registered Provider for Our Children’s Home. We don’t have many rules as we try to build on common sense and kindness and the team will try to build really positive relationships with you, but we know that may take some time, because we need to prove you can trust us. We don’t promise to shower you with cash, or take you paintballing ever week, but we do promise to be thoughtful, kind and listen to your views. Our priority is trying to make this a place you want to call ‘home’. Hopefully before you even arrive we can send you our children’s guide which has more information in it, and we will come and meet you, or you can come and visit. Some people even like to try the home by coming to stay overnight. We have a Young Persons Forum where young people from all our different services meet up and fundraise, interview staff and eat lots of pizza (plus other stuff), but I thought it may be more helpful to get one of our previous clients from the forum, to tell you about us instead. This is what Lucia said:
Welcome to Opal House, I can guarantee that you will enjoy your time here. I lived with Fevaca for just under a year and I came a long way since residing with them. There is a great staff team at Opal House and they will get you where you want to be if you work with them and try your best. Everyone is different, and everyone comes from a different background, but you will always be respected for who you are. Fevaca offer a wide range of activities and hobbies that you can engage with in your spare time. Opal House is based in Ipswich in Suffolk, roughly a 5 minute walk from the town centre. There are a wide range of things to do around the local area. I made friends in Ipswich in no time so don’t be worried about that. If you ever have any problems or you feel like you just want to talk to someone, always feel like you can talk to staff because they will try their best to help you in every way they can. You will be assigned at least one key worker so you know you will always have someone there for you. I miss all the staff there and I visit regularly so you will properly see me about. I hope you enjoy your time at Opal House. Remember, you are who you want to be. Have a strong mind and you will get where you want.
Get in touch and one of our team will contact you with our Children’s Guide
39 hours per week
Cambridge, Ipswich, Colchester or Aylesbury
The support team are responsible for supporting the delivery of an effective, needs led and personalised service to our clients. They work in partnership with teachers, social workers and senior staff, as well as external colleagues and family members. However support workers are encouraged to contribute to discussion and add amendments in the support plan where possible.
The support staff deliver day to day interventions with clients and they may be delegated responsibilities such as devising timetables, completing activities or health and safety tasks where appropriate.
The support worker should ensure the smooth running of the shift, creating and implementing routines, ensuring young people are well fed, cared for and and living in a positive environment. The staff all contribute to the clients holisitc pedagogic development by sharing in educational, social and health related learning tasks.
Finally the support worker is responsible for achieving a positive relationship with the client and contributing to a culture of relationship based practice within the team/home. Overall, the support worker has responsibility for ensuring the clients wellbeing is paramount and raising any concerns or potential areas for development to a senior member of staff.
FEVACA recruitment policies are in line with legislation and guidance related to the safeguarding and protection of children and vulnerable adults; including Safer Recruitment guidance 2007 and the Keeping children safe in education 2014.
Please note that all candidates must:
• Complete a good standard of application form
• Meet FEVACA expectations in interview
• Complete an enhanced DBS check
• Provide evidence of their right to work in the Uk
• Provide satisfactory references for 5 years or more (inc most recent employer)
To be responsible for managing the project whilst on shift, taking full responsibility for managing the establishment, the resources and the fabric of the building) and, most importantly, the welfare of the young people.
• Promote the development of the young people
• Protect young people from threats to their health, welfare and normal development, both from inside and outside the home. Understand and implement all safeguarding related policies.
• Ensure that key stages in the stay of young people such as admission and discharge are properly managed and reflect decisions recorded in care plans
• Ensure that young people facing particular crises and stresses are offered appropriate additional support
• Ensure that young people are responsible for their own lives, involving them in planning their lives, supporting them and helping them towards taking greater control and responsibility
• As a support worker, participate in the development, implementation and monitoring of individual support plans and engaging young people in learning.
• Contribute to and complete risk assessment regarding clients when necessary.
• Support and deliver FEVACA education programme (life skills programme)
• Support and deliver FEVACA Health & wellbeing programme
• Support our clients with transport when required
• Use the community as a means of support and social learning for the young people
• Encourage, and where possible ensure, that our clients respect others in the community.
• Build positive relationships with communty members, ensuring that the privacy of the clients is not effected.
• Develop and maintain good working relationships with family members where appropriate, social workers, school staff and other professionals with a concern for the young person’s needs.
• Offer support where necessary to staff on site at other Fevaca Houses.
• Ensure constructive and positive communication and negotiation with referring agencies regarding young people.
Meeting standards of practice
• Ensure that practice is anti-discriminatory and ensure specific needs are met where appropriate such as dietary requirements, religious observance and culturally significant activities
• Ensure compliance with the Children’s Act 1989/ 2004 and associated regulations.
• Read, comply and keep up to date with all FEVACA policy and protocols.
• Ensure regular communication with Line Manager and Director of Service; including attendance at individual supervision and team meetings.
• Attendance at and completion of induction, training sessions related to the role of supported housing worker.
• Complete health and safety checks and cleaning tasks as set out within the projects daily plans.
• Complete training and subsequnelty administer medciation in compliance to policy when required.
• Positive and non-judgmental value base
• Ability to demonstrate commitment to equality of opportunity to colleagues, service users and all external personnel
• A knowledge of the Children Act and subsequent relevant legislation
• Ability to represent the organization to outside bodies and those within local communities.
• Demonstration of a commitment to supporting and motivating young people
• Ability to maintain boundaries and communicate effectively with young people
• Ability to work within a team.
• Ability to manage issues relating to health and safety
• Willingness to manage household tasks
• Experience of working with children or young people
• Good standard of written and verbal English
• Full clean driving licence and the use fo a vehicle for business use.
• Highly motivated, adaptable and able to work under their own initiative
• The ability to admit mistakes and ask for help and guidance.
• Ability to work shifts including sleep-ins – including weekends and bank holidays
• Knowledge of health and safety requirements relevant to Houses of Multiple Occupancy
• An understanding of the legislation and guidance relating to the provision of supported housing services and social care for care leavers.
• Experience working at a level of responsibility with children and young people in a supported housing setting
• Ability to show leadership skills
• Ability to write reports and contribute to support plans
Residential Support Worker
39 hours per week
Ipswich or High Hycombe
Residential Support Worker
Residential Support Worker – Job Description
To be responsible for managing the project whilst on shift, taking full responsibility for managing the establishment, (the resources and the fabric of the building) and, most importantly, the welfare of the young people.
Meeting Standards of Practice
Residential Support Worker – Person Specification
All applicants must be able to commit to 39 hours and up to 3 sleep ins per week. Overtime opportunities are available however these are to be agreed between the employee and the business.
Our shift pattern is flexible, with the rota being released every 6 weeks and providing notice. The usual shift is 8am – 11pm with a sleep in 3 times a week (totalling 39 hours) however this is flexible and different shifts will be rotored to consider for training and specific client requirements.
40 hours per week
The Registered Manager is responsible for the overarching service delivered within FEVACA Children’s home.
They are responsible for supervising, supporting and managing the other staff within their department. They report directly to the Register Provider and Directors.
The Registered Manager is a professional with significant experience in their field and holds a qualification and registration in social work or social care management: They must have significant The role requires a positive value base, a good understanding of social work perspectives and an ability to manage staff, environment and clients with complex and challenging behaviours.
The service manager will supervise the staff within their line management, including completion of appraisals and ensure the cohesive consistency amongst the team. Most importantly they are responsible for ensuring the clients needs are met, the environment is positive and the statutory or contractual obligations of FEVACA are met.
The Service Manager will review and ensure good standards of practice in recording and monitoring, liaison with other agencies, and contact with the local community. They are responsible for developing and maintaining a positive and ‘warm’ culture throughout the team and the service.
SERVICE MANAGER/ REGISTERED MANAGER
FAMILY AND THE COMMUNITY
MEETING GOOD PRACTICE STANDARDS
LEGISLATION AND POLICY
Community Support Worker
10+ Hours per week
Bury St Edmunds & surrounding area
Community Support Worker
Fevaca are a family-run Social Care organisation based in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. We are currently expanding our Community Services and are seeking Support Workers to provide support in the community.
We are a close-knit team, offering frequent supervision and a supportive environment. We offer an extensive training programme, which includes epilepsy, manual handling and other specialised sessions as required.
The Support Worker will be responsible for providing a caring, person-centred service to our service users. We work with a range of individuals and provide to support with learning disabilities, epilepsy and other conditions.
The Support Worker will be expected to work with the personalised care plan for the service users whilst working towards individual objectives. The main focus of the role is to promote the service user’s progression, needs and wishes.
The role will include:
What Fevaca can offer you
Cambridge, Ipswich, Colchester and Aylesbury
FEVACA will shortly be starting an Employment and Training Pathway (ETP) to support individuals looking to start their career working with young people.
For more information, please contact our HR team.