Social Care Worker

Social Care Workers, support Service Users in a variety of settings, from their own homes to day centres and the wider community. As a Social Care Worker you will enable service users realise their goals and achieve their identified priorities.  You will also provide support and act as an advocate for participation and inclusion in the community on behalf of the Service User. 

Social Care Workers assume responsibility for the service in the absence of their Line Manager, or while on duty as required.    

Social Care Workers work across all services and roster times can include day, evening, night duty and weekend, together with Sleep In – depending on the position being filled.

The Social Care Worker operates within the framework of a person centred approach and to actively engage in and promote co-operation and partnership with other services, both internally and externally and in particular with families.
The work of a Social Care Worker vary according to the Service Users, but could include;-  
  • Learning from, listening to, supporting and enabling service users achieve their full potential and  maximize community inclusion and participation.
  • Undertaking the role of named staff by co-ordinating a responsive and flexible manner to individual plans in meeting the needs of service users in line with their priorities and preferences.
  • Maintaining and developing individual plans as required.  Ensuring the Line Manager is appraised of progress and engaged when necessary to seek solutions.
  • Working to seek solutions to issues by negotiation and engagement with relevant stakeholders.
  • Supporting and managing staff within the service as required.
  • Actively engaging in the creative development and ongoing changing needs of the service to meet the needs of service users.
  • Providing cover for the Line Manager as required, including managing personnel and service issues which arise.
  • Supporting and assisting the Line Manager in managing the delivery of multiple individual plans, including tracking of individual plans and analysis of information in order to develop plans for the service and current service delivery.
  • Providing personal care and support to service users as required
  • Ensuring a safe place of work, incorporating Western Care Association’s Dignity at Work Policy and Health and Safety requirements and Abuse Guidelines. 
  • Promoting safety in all environments, in line with the Association’s practices.
  • Using positive approaches to support people who may have challenging behaviour in line with Organisational practice.   
  • Participating in aspects of the running of the service including leisure activities, driving transport, escort duties, general cleaning and upkeep of the service.
  • Assisting in monitoring good budgetary practice /awareness.
  • Maintaining the required records, reports, consistent with organisational requirements and Freedom of Information.    

What qualifications and experience do I need ?

You will need to have a recognised qualification in Social Care or related area.  It is desireable that you also have some experience of working with people who have learning disabilities.