Specialized Youth Support Worker
POSITION REPORTS TO:
X’Pey Lelum seeks to employ highly qualified male support workers for a male child with behavioural challenges. Support workers must possess the patience and compassion to create an environment of physical and emotional safety for a youth significantly impacted by trauma. Support workers will also possess the skills needed to establish and implement behavioural intervention strategies, including the use of physical restraints in order to address behaviours that may be aggressive and violent at times. Candidates will be adept at meeting the youth where he is at and understand how to support the development of his capacity to self-regulate.
In accordance with applicable legislation, regulations, and standards, the Support Worker is responsible for: the day-to-day safety and wellbeing of clients placed with X’Pey Lelum; actively promoting a team-based approach for the efficient, responsible and practical functioning of the home through principles of safety, collaboration, choice, trust and empowerment; facilitating and promoting an established and high level quality of care; ensuring to implement the client’s care plan and behavior intervention plan; and respecting the client’s spirit, dignity and individuality.
1. A diploma in Child and Youth Care, Social Work, Criminology or equivalent training/experience;
2. Minimum 2 years’ experience working with children with challenging behaviours that stem from early childhood adversity;
3. Must possess an understanding of complex trauma;
4. Must possess an understanding of behavior management and intervention;
5. Crisis Prevention Intervention training an asset; and
6. Experience in a group home setting an asset.
Key Skill Requirement:
Mentor/Parenting Skills – Support Workers must possess the skills to:
- create a supportive and constructive environment in which to foster relationships with clients based on attunement, trust, patience and consistency;
- implement a home-like environment with clear expectations, structured engagement, rules and routine, and to convey such in a steady, but nurturing and strength-based way;
- address problematic behaviors in a pro-active and constructive manner and provide positive feedback with appropriate behaviors to instill confidence and build self-regulation skills; and
- implement behaviour intervention plans with the intent and commitment to support children to identify and develop appropriate coping mechanisms to manage difficult emotions and address challenging behaviors in a supportive and effective manner.
Communication Skills – Support workers must possess:
- strong and confident communication skills, which includes having active listening skills and maintaining open, transparent, and two-way communication;
- the ability to communicate in a developmentally appropriate way; and
- attunement to indications of non-verbal communication in order to recognize cues about the child’s emotional triggers, level of anxiety and in-the-moment ability to self-regulate.
Integrity & Judgement –Support workers must have the ability to:
- make critical decisions and sound judgements in the best interest of the client’s well-being and for team consistency, i.e., not bending the rules;
- have meaningful conversations regarding life lessons when opportunities arise;
- make informed decisions that align with policy, house rules, behavior intervention plans, and safety plans.
- have the ability to maintain composure with a strong focus on de-escalation during challenging situations.
Duties & Responsibilities:
1. Client Supervision: Provide general supervision within the home setting and while out in the community to ensure the safety and wellbeing of clients;
2. Caregiver: Fulfill the role and responsibilities of caregiving as set out in a client’s care plan and in accordance with provincial legislation and standards;
3. Behavior Management: Implement and utilize, on a consistent basis, supports and interventions that help develop positive behaviors in clients and address problematic behaviors.
4. Support & Mentorship: Act as a positive role model, provide stable companionship and constructive support in all matters personal, health and emotional; and take pro-active and focused actions to support skill development in clients, including daily life skills, emotion-regulation, recreational abilities and academic learning.
5. Cultural Agility: Regardless of one’s background, caregivers will work respectfully, knowledgeably and effectively with the Coast Salish children, families, service providers and community members, and create cultural safety for the clients and other Coast Salish people with whom caregivers come into contact with.
6. General Health Care: Supports the mental and physical health of clients based on the direction of health professionals; supports clients to attend appointments (medical, dental, counselling, assessments, etc.), fill client prescriptions and oversee the administering and dispensing of medication;
7. Food Services: Shops for groceries, prepares or provides nutritious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and snacks with consideration to the personal preferences; plans a 4-week menu; encourages the involvement of clients in meal preparation and clean up; and ensures that all food is safely prepared, stored, served and handled;
8. Personal Care: Supports clients with personal hygiene, bathing, grooming, dressing and toileting appropriately;
9. Transportation: Uses organizational vehicles to safely transport clients to and from school, community activities and programs, appointments, family visits, and other outings as the case may be. Ensures vehicles are well maintained and kept clean during each use/shift.
10. Emergency/Crisis Response: Recognizes and responds appropriately to escalations, crisis and emergency situations, which may include aggressive or violent behaviour by clients and emergency medical situations to eliminate or minimize harm or injury; reports all critical incidents
11. Clean & Organize: Performs cleanup and sanitization of all areas of the X’Pey Lelum homes, including all interior and exterior areas, and keeping the exterior/interior of workplace vehicles clean. This responsibility includes:
a. Encouraging and assisting clients to maintain their rooms in a safe and dignified manner;
b. Managing routine upkeep of exterior areas, green space and parking lots;
c. Collecting and appropriately disposing of refuse, recyclables, broken equipment and furniture;
d. Purchasing household, yard and gardening needs; and
e. Performing minor repairs on buildings, grounds, furniture and other equipment.
12. Records Management: Maintains daily logs of clients’ emotional wellbeing, ability to self-regulate in the face of difficult emotions, recreational and cultural activities, behaviour intervention strategies used, hygiene, family/cultural connections, academic wellbeing, etc. Ensures that all required documentation is complete and accurate before the end of shift and provides a verbal debrief to coworkers at the start and end of every shift. Reads and initials the staff communication log, daily logs, meeting minutes, behavior intervention plans, care plans, policies and all other key operational documents for every shift worked and ensures awareness of and changes in client’s care plans and operational policies and procedures.
13. Compliance: Follows provincial legislation, regulations and standards when working with clients, including but not limited to:
a. Child, Family and Community Service Act (CFCSA) and the CFCSA regulation;
b. Standards for Staffed Children’s Residential Services;
c. Standards for Foster Homes;
d. Community Care and Assisted Living Act (CCALA);
e. CCALA Residential Care Regulation; and
f. Any policy or practice directives issued under the authority of the CFCSA, CCALA and Kw’umut Lelum Child and Family Services,
14. Administrative Duties: Operates office equipment such as: computers, photocopiers, fax machines and printers; maintains complete records for each client, answers phone and/or in-person inquiries and routes to appropriate staff if required. Responds to routine queries regarding the homes and services provided.
15. Other Duties: Performs other related duties as required.
Must possess a working knowledge of Microsoft Office
First Aid Certificate – EMERGENCY COMMUNITY CARE
Negative TB Skin/screening result
Medical note with a fit to work designation
Valid Class Driver’s License
Up-to-date Immunization Record
Reference ID: SYSW0721
Application deadline: 2021-08-01
Expected start date: 2021-08-03
Job Types: Full-time, Permanent
Salary: $23.00-$24.00 per hour
- 8 hour shift
- Monday to Friday