As well as a team of excellent, specialist foster carers and respite carers, we have a group of freelance support workers who provide occasional support to our foster children. This is based on need and allows carers to have regular support from other trained professionals providing specialist care.
Support Workers provide personal care to children and young people with disabilities, learning difficulties and medical needs. You may also supervise the children in contact sessions with their birth families, or take the child on fun days out. The role is rewarding and varied, and no two days will be the same.
Ideally you will have previous experience caring for children or adults with disabilties, but we carefully consider every application. You must have a desire to provide outstanding care to children with additional needs. Support Workers must be able to compile written records and contribute to reports for foster children. A full driving licence and access to car is essential for this role.
Tina supports a number of foster children and their carers in her area. The children, from babies to teenagers, have a larger range of additional needs, including mobility issues, medical needs, including tube feeding and tracheotomies, sensory needs and learning difficulties. Tina really enjoys her role, and has managed to turn her part time Support work into a viable, fulfilling career.
"I really enjoy working with children with additional needs. I receive all the training I need to enable me to support the children; helping to enrich their lives and to make a positive difference. The flexibility of the hours works really well for me and it's such a rewarding role."
Working on a flexible basis, you will be paid for the hours that you work. Rates are tied to your level of experience, and we encourage you to attend (paid) bespoke training opportunities that we offer. You will also be able to claim for mileage and expenses.
Ongoing learning and development opportunities organised by Credo Care will ensure that you have all the necessary training and skills to care for the children matched with you. You will receive bespoke training to match the needs of the children you support.
As well as general support from our staff network, you will be supported and supervised by either a staff member or a Senior Support Worker. You will have access to 24/7 on-call support from our dedicated Social Work team.